Connect to QuickBooks Online Data from PowerBuilder

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QuickBooks Online ODBC Driver

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

Access QuickBooks Online data like you would a database - read, write, and update Customers, Transactions, Invoices, Sales Receipts, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to QuickBooks Online 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.

QuickBooks Online uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to log in through the browser. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Intuit. Additionally, if you want to connect to sandbox data, set UseSandbox to true.

See the Getting Started chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for QuickBooks Online

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

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

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