Connect to Excel Services Data from PowerBuilder

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Excel Services ODBC Driver

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

Access Excel Spreadsheet data hosted on SharePoint server like you would a database - read, write, and update data through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Excel Services 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 URL, User, and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials for SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2010, or SharePoint 2013. Additionally, the Library property must be set to a valid SharePoint Document Library and the File property must be set to a valid .xlsx file in the indicated Library.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Excel Services

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

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

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