Connect to Office 365 Data from PowerBuilder

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Office 365 ODBC Driver

The Office 365 ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Office 365, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Office 365 data like you would a database - read, write, and update Outlook Mail, Contact, Calendar, Files, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for Office 365 to connect to Office 365 data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

The CData ODBC Driver for Office 365 can be used from any platform or development technology that supports ODBC, including PowerBuilder. This article shows how to connect to Office 365 data and execute queries from the Database Painter and controls such as the DataWindow.

Connect to Office 365 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.

Office 365 uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate requests, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and OAuthCallbackURL by registering an app with Office 365. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Office 365

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an ODBC DSN (data source name) for Office 365. In the Database Painter, you can use wizards and the UI to work with Office 365 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 Office 365 DSN in the Data Source menu.
  4. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using Office 365 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 Office 365 data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "ODBC" SQLCA.DBParm = "ConnectString='DSN=CData Office365 Source'" CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_files.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_files.Retrieve();