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Build a Simple VCL Application for SharePoint Data

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

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

Creating a VCL Application for SharePoint 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 SharePoint from any application.

The following example populates a TDBGrid control.

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

    Set the URL property to the base SharePoint site or to a subsite. This allows you to query any lists and other SharePoint entities defined for the site or subsite.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid SharePoint user credentials when using SharePoint On-Premise.

    If you are connecting to SharePoint Online, set the SharePointEdition to SHAREPOINTONLINE along with the User and Password connection string properties. For more details on connecting to SharePoint Online, see the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation

  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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