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Natively Connect to Epicor ERP Data in PHP

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

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Epicor ERP into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Epicor ERP-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Epicor ERP 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 successfully connect to your ERP instance, you must specify the following connection properties:

  • Url:the URL of the server hosting your ERP instance. For example, https://myserver.EpicorSaaS.com
  • ERPInstance: the name of your ERP instance.
  • User: the username of your account.
  • Password: the password of your account.
  • Service: the service you want to retrieve data from. For example, BaqSvc.

In addition, you may also set the optional connection properties:

  • ApiKey: An optional key that may be required for connection to some services depending on your account configuration.
  • ApiVersion: Defaults to v1. May be set to v2 to use the newer Epicor API.
  • Company: Required if you set the ApiVersion to v2.

Establish a Connection

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC EpicorERP 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.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC EpicorERP Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($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 Customers WHERE CompanyName = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC EpicorERP Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Customers WHERE CompanyName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('CompanyName'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC EpicorERP Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT CustNum, Company FROM Customers WHERE CompanyName = 'CompanyName'");

Process Results

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Epicor ERP data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT CustNum, Company FROM Customers WHERE CompanyName = 'CompanyName'"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["CustNum"] . "\n"; }

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

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