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Connect to Zoho CRM Data from PowerBuilder

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

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

Connect to Zoho CRM 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.

You will need to obtain an AuthToken to authenticate to Zoho CRM. You can generate an AuthToken on the Zoho CRM website or by calling the GetAuthToken stored procedure. Note that when you generate an AuthToken from Zoho CRM, you can only generate an AuthToken for your user account. You can generate AuthTokens for other user accounts by calling GetAuthToken.

See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Zoho CRM

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

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

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