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The IBM Cloud Data Engine ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from IBM Cloud Data Engine, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access IBM Cloud Data Engine interactive query services data like you would a database, through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Build a Simple VCL Application for IBM Cloud Data Engine Data



How to build a simple VCL Application to view IBM Cloud Data Engine data in RAD Studio using the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Cloud Data Engine.

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

Create a Connection to IBM Cloud Data Engine Data

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

IBM Cloud Data Engine uses the OAuth and HMAC authentication standards. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

You can then follow the steps below to use the Data Explorer to create a FireDAC connection to IBM Cloud Data Engine data.

  1. In a new VCL Forms application, expand the FireDAC node in the Data Explorer.
  2. Right-click the ODBC Data Source node in the Data Explorer.
  3. Click Add New Connection.
  4. Enter a name for the connection.
  5. In the FireDAC Connection Editor that appears, set the DataSource property to the name of the ODBC DSN for IBM Cloud Data Engine.

Create VCL Applications with Connectivity to IBM Cloud Data Engine Data

Follow the procedure below to start executing queries to IBM Cloud Data Engine data from a simple VCL application that displays the results of a query in a grid.

  1. Drop a TFDConnection component onto the form and set the following properties:

    • ConnectionDefName: Select the FireDAC connection to IBM Cloud Data Engine data.
    • Connected: Select True from the menu and, in the dialog that appears, enter your credentials.
  2. Drop a TFDQuery component onto the form and set the properties below:

    • Connection: Set this property to the TFDConnection component, if this component is not already specified.
    • SQL: Click the button in the SQL property and enter a query. For example:

      SELECT Id, Status FROM Jobs WHERE UserId = [email protected]
    • Active: Set this property to true.
  3. Drop a TDataSource component onto the form and set the following property:

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

    • DataSource: Select the name of the TDataSource.
  5. 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.