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Viewing Smartsheet Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Smartsheet Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Smartsheet uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to register an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

    However, for testing purposes you can instead use the Personal Access Token you get when you create an application; set this to the OAuthAccessToken connection property.

  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: Sheet_Event_Plan_Budget) onto the form.

  7. Select the Sheet_Event_Plan_BudgetTable 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 Sheet_Event_Plan_Budget data.

 
 
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