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Viewing QuickBooks Online Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to QuickBooks Online Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    QuickBooks Online uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to log in through the browser. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Intuit. Additionally, if you want to connect to sandbox data, set UseSandbox to true.

    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: Customers) onto the form.

  7. Select the CustomersTable 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 Customers data.

 
 
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