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Natively Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central Data in PHP

The CData ODBC driver for Dynamics 365 Business Central enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to Dynamics 365 Business Central data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics 365 Business Central into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Dynamics 365 Business Central-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to Dynamics 365 Business Central by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC D365BusinessCentral Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC D365BusinessCentral Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Accounts WHERE Name = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC D365BusinessCentral Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Accounts WHERE Name = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('MyAccount'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC D365BusinessCentral Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT accountid, Name FROM Accounts");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Dynamics 365 Business Central data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT accountid, Name FROM Accounts"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["accountid"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Dynamics 365 Business Central data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Accounts WHERE Name = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('MyAccount')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are Dynamics 365 Business Central-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.