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Using the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter in PyCharm

Connect to Salesforce Chatter as an ODBC data source in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter.

The CData ODBC Drivers can be used in any environment that supports loading an ODBC Driver. In this tutorial we will explore using the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter from within PyCharm. Included are steps for adding the CData ODBC Driver as a data source, as well as basic PyCharm code to query the data source and display results.

To begin, this tutorial will assume that you have already installed the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter as well as PyCharm.

Add Pyodbc to the Project

Follow the steps below to add the pyodbc module to your project.

  1. Click File -> Settings to open the project settings window.
  2. Click Project Interpreter from the Project: YourProjectName menu.
  3. To add pyodbc, click the + button and enter pyodbc.
  4. Click Install Package to install pyodbc.

Connect to Salesforce Chatter

You can now connect with an ODBC connection string or a DSN. See the Getting Started section in the CData driver documentation for a guide to creating a DSN on your OS.

Salesforce Chatter uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate to Salesforce Chatter via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Salesforce Chatter.

Below is the syntax for a DSN:

[CData SalesforceChatter Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter Description = My Description OAuthClientId = MyOAuthClientId OAuthClientSecret = MyOAuthClientSecret CallbackURL = http://localhost:343343

Execute SQL to Salesforce Chatter

Instantiate a Cursor and use the execute method of the Cursor class to execute any SQL statement.

import pyodbc cnxn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={CData ODBC Driver for SalesforceChatter};OAuthClientId = MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret = MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL = http://localhost:343343;') cursor = cnxn.cursor() cursor.execute("SELECT Name, PostCount FROM Users WHERE SearchTerms = 'Smoked*BBQ'") rows = cursor.fetchall() for row in rows: print(row.Name, row.PostCount)

After connecting to Salesforce Chatter in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver, you will be able to build Python apps with access to Salesforce Chatter data as if it were a standard database. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback regarding this tutorial, please contact us at support@cdata.com.