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Integrate Live FreshBooks Data into Custom Business Apps Built in PowerApps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for FreshBooks data and integrate live FreshBooks data into apps built in Microsoft PowerApps.

PowerApps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to FreshBooks data from the apps you build using PowerApps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from PowerApps and build an app based on live FreshBooks data.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for FreshBooks, allowing you to easily integrate with live FreshBooks data in PowerApps — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to PowerApps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to FreshBooks, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return FreshBooks data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for FreshBooks Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "FreshBooks" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to FreshBooks.

    To connect to FreshBooks, you can set the CompanyName and Token connection properties. Alternatively, you can use the OAuth authentication standard.

    OAuth can be used to enable other users to access their own company data. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate FreshBooks data into your PowerApps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to PowerApps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual FreshBooks database you created earlier (like freshbooksdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for FreshBooks Data

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live FreshBooks data into the apps you build in PowerApps.

  1. Log in to PowerApps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live FreshBooks data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to FreshBooks Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live FreshBooks data from Microsoft PowerApps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating FreshBooks data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.