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Viewing BigQuery Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to BigQuery Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf of individual users, you can use the embedded credentials or you can register your own OAuth app.

    OAuth also enables you to use a service account to connect on behalf of users in a Google Apps domain. To authenticate with a service account, you will need to register an application to obtain the OAuth JWT values.

    In addition to the OAuth values, you will need to specify the DatasetId and ProjectId. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  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: Orders) onto the form.

  7. Select the OrdersTable 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 Orders data.

 
 
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