Natively Connect to Raisers Edge NXT Data in PHP

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Raisers Edge NXT ODBC Driver

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

Access Raisers Edge NXT data like you would a database, including Raisers Edge NXT Events, Gifts, Opportunities, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Raisers Edge NXT into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Raisers Edge NXT-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Raisers Edge NXT 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.

Before establishing a connection, supply the SubscriptionKey, found in the Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Profile.

Authenticating to Raiser's Edge NXT

Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can connect to without setting any connection properties using the embedded OAuth credentials.

Alternatively, you can authenticate by creating a custom app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

See the Help documentation for an authentication guide.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to Raisers Edge NXT by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC RaiserEdgeNXT 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.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC RaiserEdgeNXT Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($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 Constituents WHERE Type = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC RaiserEdgeNXT Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Constituents WHERE Type = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Home'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC RaiserEdgeNXT Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Id, AddressLines FROM Constituents WHERE Type = 'Home'");

Process Results

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Raisers Edge NXT data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Id, AddressLines FROM Constituents WHERE Type = 'Home'"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["Id"] . "\n"; }

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Raisers Edge NXT data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Constituents WHERE Type = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Home')); 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 Raisers Edge NXT-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.