Connect to Jira Service Desk Data from PowerBuilder

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Jira Service Desk ODBC Driver

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

Access Jira Service Desk data like you would a database - read, write, and update Jira Service Desk Customers, Organizations, Requests, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for Jira Service Desk to connect to Jira Service Desk data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

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

Connect to Jira Service Desk 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.

You can establish a connection to any Jira Service Desk Cloud account or Server instance.

Connecting with a Cloud Account

To connect to a Cloud account, you'll first need to retrieve an APIToken. To generate one, log in to your Atlassian account and navigate to API tokens > Create API token. The generated token will be displayed.

Supply the following to connect to data:

  • User: Set this to the username of the authenticating user.
  • APIToken: Set this to the API token found previously.

Connecting with a Service Account

To authenticate with a service account, you will need to supply the following connection properties:

  • User: Set this to the username of the authenticating user.
  • Password: Set this to the password of the authenticating user.
  • URL: Set this to the URL associated with your JIRA Service Desk endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

Note: Password has been deprecated for connecting to a Cloud Account and is now used only to connect to a Server Instance.

Accessing Custom Fields

By default, the connector only surfaces system fields. To access the custom fields for Issues, set IncludeCustomFields.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Jira Service Desk

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

Using Jira Service Desk 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 Jira Service Desk data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

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