Natively Connect to Evernote Data in PHP

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Evernote ODBC Driver

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

Access Evernote like you would a database - access Notebooks, Notes, Searches, Tags, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Evernote uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can use the embedded OAuth application to connect without setting any connection properties. Alternatively, you can create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Establish a Connection

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Evernote 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.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC Evernote Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($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 Notes WHERE Guid = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Evernote Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Notes WHERE Guid = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('ab26f704-5edf-4a9f-9e4c-8da893a4acd8'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Evernote Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Title, Author FROM Notes WHERE Guid = ab26f704-5edf-4a9f-9e4c-8da893a4acd8");

Process Results

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Evernote data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Title, Author FROM Notes WHERE Guid = ab26f704-5edf-4a9f-9e4c-8da893a4acd8"); 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 Evernote data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Notes WHERE Guid = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('ab26f704-5edf-4a9f-9e4c-8da893a4acd8')); 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 Evernote-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.