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Natively Connect to TSheets Data in PHP

The CData ODBC driver for TSheets enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to TSheets data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for TSheets into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build TSheets-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to TSheets data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

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.

TSheets uses the OAuth2 standard for authentication and authorization. To construct your own OAuth app and connect to data, refer to OAuth section in the Help.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to TSheets by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC TSheets Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC TSheets Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Timesheets WHERE JobCodeType = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC TSheets Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Timesheets WHERE JobCodeType = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('regular'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC TSheets Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Id, JobcodeId FROM Timesheets WHERE JobCodeType = 'regular'");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC TSheets data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Id, JobcodeId FROM Timesheets WHERE JobCodeType = 'regular'"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["Id"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC TSheets data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Timesheets WHERE JobCodeType = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('regular')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are TSheets-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.