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Connect to UPS Data from PowerBuilder

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

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

Connect to UPS 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.

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.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for UPS

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

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

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