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Natively Connect to Dynamics GP Data in PHP

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

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics GP into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Dynamics GP-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Dynamics GP 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 set the User and Password connection properties.

To connect set the URL to the Web services endpoint; for example, http://{servername}:{port}/Dynamics/GPService. Additionally, set CompanyId; you can obtain this value in the company setup window: Click Tools -> Setup -> Company.

By default, data summaries are not returned to save performance. Set LookupIds to true to return details such as line items; however, note that entities must be retrieved one at a time.

Establish a Connection

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC DynamicsGP 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.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC DynamicsGP Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($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 SalesInvoice WHERE CustomerName = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC DynamicsGP Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM SalesInvoice WHERE CustomerName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Bob'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC DynamicsGP Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT CustomerName, TotalAmount FROM SalesInvoice");

Process Results

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Dynamics GP data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT CustomerName, TotalAmount FROM SalesInvoice"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["CustomerName"] . "\n"; }

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Dynamics GP data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM SalesInvoice WHERE CustomerName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Bob')); 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 GP-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.