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Natively Connect to eBay Data in PHP

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

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for eBay into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build eBay-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to eBay 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.

If you will be accessing your own account, you can generate an OAuthAccessToken from your developer account dashboard. You can also allow other users to securely access their own accounts.

Both of these methods require you to create an application key set to obtain values for the following connection properties: AppId, CertId, DevId, and SiteId.

The user consent flow additionally requires the RuName and CallbackURL.

See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Establish a Connection

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Ebay 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.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC Ebay Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($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 ItemListing WHERE ListingStatus = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Ebay Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM ItemListing WHERE ListingStatus = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('active'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Ebay Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Title, HitCount FROM ItemListing");

Process Results

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC eBay data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Title, HitCount FROM ItemListing"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["Title"] . "\n"; }

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

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