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Viewing Excel Online Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

How to view Excel Online data in RAD Studio Data Explorer using the CData FireDAC Components for Excel Online.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for Excel Online, you gain access to live Excel Online data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve and update Excel Online data. This article will walk through connecting to Excel Online using the Data Explorer.

Connecting to Excel Online Data Using Data Explorer

You can create a simple application for displaying Excel Online data by utilizing the CData FireDAC Components for Excel Online and a new VCL Forms Application:

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData Excel Online Data Source and click Add New Connection.

  3. Name the connection.
  4. Fill in the necessary connection parameters and click OK.

    You can connect to a workbook by providing authentication to Excel Online and then setting the following properties:

    • Workbook: Set this to the name or Id of the workbook.

      If you want to view a list of information about the available workbooks, execute a query to the Workbooks view after you authenticate.

    • UseSandbox: Set this to true if you are connecting to a workbook in a sandbox account. Otherwise, leave this blank to connect to a production account.

    You use the OAuth authentication standard to authenticate to Excel Online. See the Getting Started section in the help documentation for a guide. Getting Started also guides you through executing SQL to worksheets and ranges.

  5. Back in the Data Explorer, expand the tables for the connection.
  6. Create a new VCL Forms application and drag a table (for example: Test_xlsx_Sheet1) onto the form.

  7. Select the Test_xlsx_Sheet1Table object on the form and set the Active property to true.
  8. Right-click on the object, bind visually, and link everything (*) to a new control (TStringGrid).

  9. Arrange the TStringGrid on the form and run the application to see the Test_xlsx_Sheet1 data.

 
 
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