Connect to Smartsheet Data from PowerBuilder

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Smartsheet ODBC Driver

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

Access Smartsheet Sheets, Contacts, Folders, Groups, Users, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Smartsheet 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.

Smartsheet uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to register an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

However, for testing purposes you can instead use the Personal Access Token you get when you create an application; set this to the OAuthAccessToken connection property.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Smartsheet

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

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

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