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Connect to LinkedIn Data from PowerBuilder

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

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

Connect to LinkedIn 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.

LinkedIn uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app with LinkedIn. For more information refer to our authentication guide.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for LinkedIn

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

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

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