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Build a Simple VCL Application for Sage Cloud Accounting Data

How to build a simple VCL Application to view Sage Cloud Accounting data in RAD Studio using the CData FireDAC Components for Sage Cloud Accounting.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for Sage Cloud Accounting, you gain access to live Sage Cloud Accounting data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve and update Sage Cloud Accounting data. This article will walk through connecting to Sage Cloud Accounting and creating a simple VCL application with the Form Designer.

Creating a VCL Application for Sage Cloud Accounting Data

The following instructions show how to use the Form Designer to create a simple VCL Forms application that shows the basic FireDAC objects needed to connect to Sage Cloud Accounting from any application.

The following example populates a TDBGrid control.

  1. Create a new VCL Forms Application.
  2. Drop a TFDPhysSageBCAccountingDriverLink and TFDConnection object onto the form.
  3. Double-click the TFDConnection object. The FireDAC Connection Editor is displayed. Select "CData.SageBCAccounting" in the DriverId menu and configure the connection properties.

    You can connect to Sage Business Cloud Accounting using the embedded OAuth connectivity. When you connect, the OAuth endpoint opens in your browser. Log in and grant permissions to complete the OAuth process. See the OAuth section in the online Help documentation for more information on other OAuth authentication flows.

  4. Drop a TFDQuery object onto the form and set the properties below:

    • Connection - Set this property to the TFDConnection object, if this object is not already specified.
    • SQL - Click the button in the SQL property and enter a query.
    • Active - Set this property to true.
  5. Drop a TDataSource object onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSet - In the menu for this property, select the name of the TFDQuery object.
  6. Drop a TDBGrid control onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSource - Select the name of the TDataSource.
  7. Drop a TFDGUIxWaitCursor onto the form. This is required to avoid a run-time error.

You now have an executable application that displays the results of the SQL Query set in the TFDQuery object.

 
 
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