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Using the CData ODBC Driver for Reckon in PyCharm

Connect to Reckon as an ODBC data source in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver for Reckon.

The CData ODBC Drivers can be used in any environment that supports loading an ODBC Driver. In this tutorial we will explore using the CData ODBC Driver for Reckon from within PyCharm. Included are steps for adding the CData ODBC Driver as a data source, as well as basic PyCharm code to query the data source and display results.

To begin, this tutorial will assume that you have already installed the CData ODBC Driver for Reckon as well as PyCharm.

Add Pyodbc to the Project

Follow the steps below to add the pyodbc module to your project.

  1. Click File -> Settings to open the project settings window.
  2. Click Project Interpreter from the Project: YourProjectName menu.
  3. To add pyodbc, click the + button and enter pyodbc.
  4. Click Install Package to install pyodbc.

Connect to Reckon

You can now connect with an ODBC connection string or a DSN. See the Getting Started section in the CData driver documentation for a guide to creating a DSN on your OS.

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

Requests to Reckon are made through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as Reckon 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 to your company file, you will need to authorize the Remote Connector with Reckon. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide.

Below is the syntax for a DSN:

[CData Reckon Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Reckon Description = My Description User = RCUser Password = RCUserPassword URL = http://remotehost:8166

Execute SQL to Reckon

Instantiate a Cursor and use the execute method of the Cursor class to execute any SQL statement.

import pyodbc cnxn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={CData ODBC Driver for Reckon};User = RCUser;Password = RCUserPassword;URL = http://remotehost:8166;') cursor = cnxn.cursor() cursor.execute("SELECT Name, CustomerBalance FROM Customers WHERE Type = 'Commercial'") rows = cursor.fetchall() for row in rows: print(row.Name, row.CustomerBalance)

After connecting to Reckon in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver, you will be able to build Python apps with access to Reckon data as if it were a standard database. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback regarding this tutorial, please contact us at support@cdata.com.