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Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central Data from PowerBuilder

This article demonstrates how to access Dynamics 365 Business Central data from PowerBuilder using the CData ADO.NET Provider for Dynamics 365 Business Central.

The CData ADO.NET providers are easy-to-use, standards-based controls that can be used from any platform or development technology that supports Microsoft .NET, including PowerBuilder. This article shows how to use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Dynamics 365 Business Central in PowerBuilder.

This article shows how to create a basic PowerBuilder application that uses the CData ADO.NET Provider for Dynamics 365 Business Central to perform reads and writes.

  1. In a new WPF Window Application solution, add all the Visual Controls needed for the connection properties. Below is a typical connection string:

    OrganizationUrl=https://myaccount.financials.dynamics.com/;

    To authenticate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you must provide the User and AccessKey properties.

    To obtain the User and AccessKey values, navigate to the Users page in Dynamics 365 Business Central and then click on Edit. The User Name and Web Service Access Key values are what you will enter as the User and AccessKey connection string properties. Note that the User Name is not your email address. It is a shortened user name.

    To connect to data, specify OrganizationUrl. If you have multiple companies in your organization, you must also specify the Company to indicate which company you would like to connect to. Company does not need to be specified if you have only one company.

  2. Add the DataGrid control from the .NET controls.
  3. Configure the columns of the DataGrid control. Below are several columns from the Account table: <DataGrid AutoGenerateColumns="False" Margin="13,249,12,14" Name="datagrid1" TabIndex="70" ItemsSource="{Binding}"> <DataGrid.Columns> <DataGridTextColumn x:Name="idColumn" Binding="{Binding Path=Id}" Header="Id" Width="SizeToHeader" /> <DataGridTextColumn x:Name="nameColumn" Binding="{Binding Path=accountid}" Header="accountid" Width="SizeToHeader" /> ... </DataGrid.Columns> </DataGrid>
  4. Add a reference to the CData ADO.NET Provider for Dynamics 365 Business Central assembly.

Connect the DataGrid

Once the visual elements have been configured, you can use standard ADO.NET objects like Connection, Command, and DataAdapter to populate a DataTable with the results of an SQL query:

System.Data.CData.D365BusinessCentral.D365BusinessCentralConnection conn conn = create System.Data.CData.D365BusinessCentral.D365BusinessCentralConnection(connectionString) System.Data.CData.D365BusinessCentral.D365BusinessCentralCommand comm comm = create System.Data.CData.D365BusinessCentral.D365BusinessCentralCommand(command, conn) System.Data.DataTable table table = create System.Data.DataTable System.Data.CData.D365BusinessCentral.D365BusinessCentralDataAdapter dataAdapter dataAdapter = create System.Data.CData.D365BusinessCentral.D365BusinessCentralDataAdapter(comm) dataAdapter.Fill(table) datagrid1.ItemsSource=table.DefaultView

The code above can be used to bind data from the specified query to the DataGrid.