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Complete read-write access to Sage 50 UK enables developers to search (Customers, Transactions, Invoices, Sales Receipts, etc.), update items, edit customers, and more, from any Java/J2EE application.

Import Real-Time Sage 50 UK Data in ColdFusion to Build Applications



Use the CData JDBC Driver for Sage 50 UK to import and use Sage 50 UK data in ColdFusion.

Adobe ColdFusion is a web and mobile application development platform. It uses its own scripting language, ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), to create data-driven websites as well as generate remote services, such as REST.

When ColdFusion is paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Sage 50 UK, you can link your ColdFusion web and mobile applications to operational Sage 50 UK data. This allows for your applications to be more robust and complete. This article details how to use the JDBC driver to create a table populated with Sage 50 UK data from within a ColdFusion markup file.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Sage 50 UK data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Sage 50 UK, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Sage 50 UK and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Sage 50 UK data using native data types.

Configuring the Connection to Sage 50 UK

You will need a JDBC connection string to establish a connection between Coldfusion and Sage 50 UK.

Note: Only Sage 50 UK 2012 and above are supported.

The User and Password properties, under the Connection section, must be set to valid Sage 50 UK user credentials. These values will be the same used to log in to the Sage 50 UK software.

Additionally, the URL property, under the Connection section, will need to be set to the address of the company dataset desired. To obtain the address, do the following:

  1. If you have not already done so, open the Sage 50 UK software.
  2. Click Tools -> Internet Options.
  3. Select the SData Settings tab.
  4. Click the Details button next to Sage 50 Accounts. A window is displayed containing a list of company names along with the address to their corresponding datasets.
  5. Set the URL property to the value in the address field next to the company desired.

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Sage 50 UK JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.sage50uk.jar

Adding a Data Source and Creating a Table

After configuring the connection, follow the steps below to add the CData JDBC Driver to ColdFusion's lib directory, add a new data source, test the connection, create a ColdFusion markup file, and, finally, make a real-time connection with Sage 50 UK data and display it in a table written in the ColdFusion Markup Language, or CFML:

  1. Copy the JDBC Driver for Sage 50 UK and lic file from "C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Sage 50 UK\lib" to "C:\ColdFusion2021\cfusion\wwwroot\WEB-INF\lib". cdata.jdbc.sage50uk.jar cdata.jdbc.sage50uk.lic

    Note: If you do not copy the .lic file with the jar, you will see a licensing error that indicates you do not have a valid license installed. This is true for both the trial and full versions.

  2. From the ColdFusion administrator interface, choose Data & Services.
  3. Here, we can "Add New Data Source". The data source name can be any name, provided it conforms to the ColdFusion variable naming conventions. For our JDBC driver, choose "other", then click the "Add" button.
  4. Next, populate the driver properties.
    • JDBC URL will need to be in the format: jdbc:sage50uk:|connectionString|.
    • A typical connection string looks like this:

      jdbc:sage50uk:URL=http://your-server:5493/sdata/accounts50/GCRM/your-address;User=Manager;

    • The Driver Class is: cdata.jdbc.sage50uk.Sage50UKDriver
    • The Driver Name is arbitrary and simply used to recognize the data source in the ColdFusion administration console.
  5. Now, test the connection by clicking the check mark to the left of the CDataSage 50 UKJDBC data source you just created. When the data source reports an "OK" status, it is ready for use.
  6. Next, create a new ColdFusion Markup file (.cfm) and place it in the wwwroot directory ("C:\ColdFusion2021\cfusion\wwwroot") for ColdFusion.

    The following code queries the data source:

                
            <cfquery name="Sage 50 UKQuery" dataSource="CDataSage 50 UKJDBC"> 
              SELECT * FROM TradingAccounts 
            </cfquery> 
        
    And a CFTable can be used to quickly output the table in HTML:
                
              <cftable  
              query = "Sage 50 UKQuery" 
              border = "1" 
              colHeaders 
              colSpacing = "2" 
              headerLines = "2" 
              HTMLTable 
              maxRows = "500" 
              startRow = "1"> 
    
              <cfcol header="<b>Name</b>" align="Left" width=2 text="Name"/> 
    
              <cfcol header="<b>FinanceBalance</b>" align="Left" width=15 text="FinanceBalance"/> 
    
              ...
    
            </cftable> 
        
    Full code, including the HTML portion is available below:
                
            <html> 
            <head><title>CData Software | Sage 50 UK TradingAccounts Table Demo </title></head> 
            <body> 
            <cfoutput>#ucase("Sage 50 UK TradingAccounts Table Demo")#</cfoutput> 
            <cfquery name="Sage 50 UKQuery" dataSource="CDataSage 50 UKJDBC"> 
    
              SELECT * FROM TradingAccounts 
    
            </cfquery> 
            <cftable  
              query = "Sage 50 UKQuery" 
              border = "1" 
              colHeaders 
              colSpacing = "2" 
              headerLines = "2" 
              HTMLTable 
              maxRows = "500" 
              startRow = "1"> 
              <cfcol header="<b>Name</b>" align="Left" width=2 text="Name"/> 
    
              <cfcol header="<b>FinanceBalance</b>" align="Left" width=15 text="FinanceBalance"/> 
    
              ...
    
            </cftable> 
            </body> 
    
            </html>  
        
  7. Finally, run the code locally in a browser at the default port of 8500. It produces a table populated with Sage 50 UK data!

As a note, the CData JDBC Drivers also support parameterized queries using the cfqueryparam element. For example: SELECT * FROM Account WHERE name =

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