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Connect to Microsoft Exchange Data from PowerBuilder

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

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

Connect to Microsoft Exchange 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.

Specify the User and Password to connect to Exchange. Additionally, specify the address of the Exchange server you are connecting to and the Platform associated with the server.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Microsoft Exchange

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

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

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