DataBind Charts to SAP Business One DI Data

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Use the standard ADO.NET procedures for databinding to provide bidirectional access to SAP Business One DI data from controls in the Visual Studio toolbox. This article demonstrates a graphical approach using wizards in Visual Studio, as well as how to databind with only a few lines of code.

DataBinding enables bidirectional access to data from UI controls. You can use the CData ADO.NET Provider for SAP Business One DI to easily databind SAP Business One DI data to Windows Forms and Web controls in Visual Studio. This article shows how to use wizards to databind SAP Business One DI data to a chart that reflects any changes. The code walk-through section shows how to create a chart in 10 lines of code.

DataBind to a Chart

DataBinding consists of three steps: Instantiate the control, configure the data source, and databind.

Configure the Connection and Select Database Objects

Follow the procedure below to use the Data Source Configuration Wizard to create a chart control and the connection to SAP Business One DI. In the wizard, you can select the SAP Business One DI entities you want to databind.

  1. In a Windows Forms project, drag and drop a Chart control from the toolbox to the form. In the Data section of the Chart properties, select DataSource and then select Add Project Data Source from the menu.
  2. In the Data Source Configuration Wizard that appears, select Database -> Dataset.
  3. In the Choose Your Data Connection step, click New Connection.
  4. In the Add Connection dialog, click Change to select the CData SAP Business One DI Data Source.

    Below is a typical connection string:


    To connect to SAP Business One DI data, specify the following connection properties:

    • DBServerType: The type of server being connected to.
    • Server: The name or IP address of the Business One DI server to connect to.
    • CompanyDB: The company to connect to.
    • User: The username used when connecting to the LicenseServer.
    • Password: The password used when connecting to the LicenseServer.
    • LicenseServer (optional): Set this if your License Server is different from the Server.
    • UseTrusted (optional): Set to TRUE to connect using Windows credentials.

    When you configure the connection, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

  5. Choose the database objects you want to work with. This example uses the OACT table.


After adding the data source and selecting database objects, you can bind the objects to the chart. This example assigns the x-axis to AcctCode and the y-axis to AcctName.

  1. In the Chart properties, click the button in the Series property to open the Series Collection Editor.
  2. In the Series properties, select the columns you want for the x- and y-axes: Select columns from the menu in the XValueMember and YValueMember properties.

The chart is now databound to the SAP Business One DI data. Run the chart to display the current data.

Code Walk-through

DataBinding to SAP Business One DI data requires only a few lines of code and can be completed in three easy steps.

  1. Connect to SAP Business One DI.
  2. Create the SAPBusinessOneDIDataAdapter to execute the query and create a DataSet to be filled with its results.
  3. DataBind the result set to the chart.

Below is the complete code:

SAPBusinessOneDIConnection conn = new SAPBusinessOneDIConnection("Server=ServerName;DBServerType=MSSQL_2016;CompanyDB=SBODemoCA;User=manager;Password=manager;"); SAPBusinessOneDICommand comm = new SAPBusinessOneDICommand("SELECT AcctCode, AcctName FROM OACT WHERE AcctName = 'account_name'", conn); SAPBusinessOneDIDataAdapter da = new SAPBusinessOneDIDataAdapter(comm); DataSet dataset = new DataSet(); da.Fill(dataset); chart1.DataSource = dataset; chart1.Series[0].XValueMember = "AcctCode"; chart1.Series[0].YValueMembers = "AcctName"; // Insert code for additional chart formatting here. chart1.DataBind();