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A PostgreSQL Interface for QuickBooks POS Data

Use the Remoting features of the QuickBooks POS JDBC Driver to create a PostgreSQL entry-point for data access.

There are a vast number of PostgreSQL clients available on the Internet. From standard Drivers to BI and Analytics tools, PostgreSQL is a popular interface for data access. Using our JDBC Drivers, you can now create PostgreSQL entry-points that you can connect to from any standard client.

To access QuickBooks POS data as a PostgreSQL database, use the CData JDBC Driver for QuickBooks POS and a JDBC foreign data wrapper (FDW). In this article, we compile the FDW, install it, and query QuickBooks POS data from PostgreSQL Server.

Connect to QuickBooks POS Data as a JDBC Data Source

To connect to QuickBooks POS as a JDBC data source, you will need the following:

  • Driver JAR path: The JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.quickbookspos.QuickBooksPOSDriver

  • JDBC URL: The URL must start with "jdbc:quickbookspos:" and can include any of the connection properties in name-value pairs separated with semicolons.

    When you are connecting to a local QuickBooks instance, you do not need to set any connection properties.

    Requests are made to QuickBooks POS through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as QuickBooks POS and accepts connections through a lightweight, embedded Web server. The server supports SSL/TLS, enabling users to connect securely from remote machines.

    The first time you connect, you will need to authorize the Remote Connector with QuickBooks POS. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the QuickBooks POS JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.quickbookspos.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:quickbookspos:

Build the JDBC Foreign Data Wrapper

The Foreign Data Wrapper can be installed as an extension to PostgreSQL, without recompiling PostgreSQL. The jdbc2_fdw extension is used as an example.

  1. Add a symlink from the shared object for your version of the JRE to /usr/lib/libjvm.so. For example: ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so /usr/lib/libjvm.so
  2. Start the build: make install USE_PGXS=1

Query QuickBooks POS Data as a PostgreSQL Database

After you have installed the extension, follow the steps below to start executing queries to QuickBooks POS data:

  1. Log into your database.
  2. Load the extension for the database: CREATE EXTENSION jdbc2_fdw;
  3. Create a server object for QuickBooks POS: CREATE SERVER QuickBooksPOS FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER jdbc2_fdw OPTIONS ( drivername 'cdata.jdbc.quickbookspos.QuickBooksPOSDriver', url 'jdbc:quickbookspos:', querytimeout '15', jarfile '/home/MyUser/CData/CData\ JDBC\ Driver\ for\ Salesforce MyDriverEdition/lib/cdata.jdbc.quickbookspos.jar');
  4. Create a user mapping for the username and password of a user known to the MySQL daemon. CREATE USER MAPPING for postgres SERVER QuickBooksPOS OPTIONS ( username 'admin', password 'test');
  5. Create a foreign table in your local database: postgres=# CREATE FOREIGN TABLE customers ( customers_listid text, customers_ListId text, customers_AccountLimit numeric) SERVER QuickBooksPOS OPTIONS ( table_name 'customers');
You can now execute read/write commands to QuickBooks POS: postgres=# SELECT * FROM customers;