Connect to Facebook Ads Data from PowerBuilder

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Facebook Ads ODBC Driver

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

Access Facebook Ads data like you would a database - read, write, and update Facebook Ads Comments, Groups, Pages, Insights, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Facebook Ads 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.

Most tables require user authentication as well as application authentication. Facebook uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate to Facebook, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Facebook.

See the Getting Started chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Facebook Ads

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

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

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