SAP Business One Connection

SAPbobsCOM Company

In the first of (hopefully) many (providing I keep the momentum going) posts regarding coding, I have documented the VB.NET code required to connect and return a SAP Business One Company. So here we go.

    Private Function Company(server As String, userName As String, SecurePW As Security.SecureString, _
                             companyDB As String, dbUsername As String, dbPassword As String, _
                             ByRef errorMsg As String) As SAPbobsCOM.Company
 
        Company = New SAPbobsCOM.Company
 
        ' Get the secure password 
        Dim ptr As IntPtr = Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.SecureStringToBSTR(SecurePW)
 
        ' Set up the connection to SAP 
        Dim returnCode, errorCode As Integer
        With Company
            .Server = server
            .CompanyDB = companyDB
            .UserName = userName
            .Password = Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.PtrToStringBSTR(ptr)
            .language = SAPbobsCOM.BoSuppLangs.ln_English
            .DbUserName = dbUsername
            .DbPassword = dbPassword
            .UseTrusted = False
            .DbServerType = SAPbobsCOM.BoDataServerTypes.dst_MSSQL2008
 
        End With
 
        ' Try and connect to the database 
 
        returnCode = Company.Connect
        If returnCode = 0 AndAlso Company.Connected = True Then
            ' Success! 
        Else
            Company.GetLastError(errorCode, errorMsg)
            If Company.Connected Then Company.Disconnect()
            Company = Nothing
        End If
 
    End Function

We’re assuming that we are connecting to a SQL Server 2008 instance. Also, the SAP User password is passed in via a SecureString for maximum security. I’ll post the code for a login form that exposes the SecureString password at a later date.