Connect to ShipStation Data from PowerBuilder

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ShipStation ODBC Driver

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

Access ShipStation data like you would a database - read, write, and update ShipStation Marketplaces, Orders, Products, Items, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation to connect to ShipStation data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

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

Connect to ShipStation 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.

Use the BASIC Authentication standard to connect.

  1. Login to your ShipStation account
  2. Click on the settings icon in the upper right corner. A column menu will show up on the left
  3. Click Account -> API Settings
  4. On the API Settings page, note the API Key and API Secret.

Authenticating to ShipStation

  • APIKey: Set this to the API key from the API settings page.
  • APISecret: Set this to the Secret key from the API settings page.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for ShipStation

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an ODBC DSN (data source name) for ShipStation. In the Database Painter, you can use wizards and the UI to work with ShipStation 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 ShipStation DSN in the Data Source menu.
  4. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using ShipStation 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 ShipStation data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

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