Connect to QuickBooks Data from PowerBuilder

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QuickBooks ODBC Driver

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

Access QuickBooks 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 to connect to QuickBooks data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

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

Connect to QuickBooks 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.

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

Requests are made to QuickBooks through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as QuickBooks 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. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for QuickBooks

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. In the Database Painter, you can use wizards and the UI to work with QuickBooks 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 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 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 data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

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