Connect to Dynamics GP Data from PowerBuilder

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Dynamics GP ODBC Driver

The Dynamics GP ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Dynamics GP data, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Dynamics GP like you would a database - query Vendors, Customers, Invoices, Quotes, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics GP to connect to Dynamics GP data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

The CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics GP can be used from any platform or development technology that supports ODBC, including PowerBuilder. This article shows how to connect to Dynamics GP data and execute queries from the Database Painter and controls such as the DataWindow.

Connect to Dynamics GP as an ODBC Data Source

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.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Dynamics GP

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an ODBC DSN (data source name) for Dynamics GP. In the Database Painter, you can use wizards and the UI to work with Dynamics GP data.

  1. In PowerBuilder, click Tools -> Database Painter.
  2. In the Objects window in the Database Painter, right-click the ODBC node and click New Profile.
  3. On the Connection tab, enter a name for the profile and select the Dynamics GP DSN in the Data Source menu.
  4. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using Dynamics GP Data with PowerBuilder Controls

You can use standard PowerBuilder objects to connect to ODBC data sources and execute queries. The following example shows how to retrieve Dynamics GP data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "ODBC" SQLCA.DBParm = "ConnectString='DSN=CData DynamicsGP Source'" CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_salesinvoice.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_salesinvoice.Retrieve();