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Natively Connect to UPS Data in PHP

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

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for UPS into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build UPS-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to UPS 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.

The driver uses five pieces of information in order to authenticate its actions with the UPS service.

  • Server: This controls the URL where the requests should be sent. Common testing options for this are: https://wwwcie.ups.com/ups.app/xml and https://wwwcie.ups.com/webservices
  • AccessKey: This is an identifier that is required to connect to a UPS Server. This value will be provided to you by UPS after registration.
  • UserId: This value is used for logging into UPS. This value is the one you chose to login with when registering for service with UPS.
  • Password: This value is used for logging into UPS. This value is the one you chose to login with when registering for service with UPS.
  • AccountNumber: This is a valid 6-digit or 10-digit UPS account number.
  • PrintLabelLocation: This property is required if one intends to use the GenerateLabels or GenerateReturnLabels stored procedures. This should be set to the folder location where generated labels should be stored.

Establish a Connection

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC UPS 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.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC UPS Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($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 Senders WHERE SenderID = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC UPS Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('25'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC UPS Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT FirstName, Phone FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = '25'");

Process Results

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC UPS data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT FirstName, Phone FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = '25'"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["FirstName"] . "\n"; }

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

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC UPS data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('25')); 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 UPS-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.