Connect to Email Data from PowerBuilder

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Email ODBC Driver

The Email ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Internet E-mail, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Email data like you would a database - read, write, and send E-mails through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Email 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.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials. The Server must be specified to retrieve emails and the SMTPServer must be specified to send emails.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Email

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an ODBC DSN (data source name) for Email. In the Database Painter, you can use wizards and the UI to work with Email 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 Email DSN in the Data Source menu.
  4. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using Email 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 Email data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

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