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Natively Connect to Microsoft Project Data in PHP

The CData ODBC driver for Microsoft Project enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to Microsoft Project data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Microsoft Project-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Microsoft Project data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

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.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Microsoft Project user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Microsoft Project server organization root or Microsoft Project services file.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to Microsoft Project by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC MicrosoftProject Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC MicrosoftProject Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Projects WHERE ProjectName = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC MicrosoftProject Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Projects WHERE ProjectName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Tax Checker'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC MicrosoftProject Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT ProjectName, ProjectActualCost FROM Projects");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Microsoft Project data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT ProjectName, ProjectActualCost FROM Projects"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["ProjectName"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Microsoft Project data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Projects WHERE ProjectName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Tax Checker')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are Microsoft Project-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.