DataBind Charts to Google Ads Data

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Google AdWords ADO.NET Provider

An easy-to-use database-like interface for .NET applications access to live Google AdWords data (Campaigns, AdGroups, Performance, and more).



Use the standard ADO.NET procedures for databinding to provide bidirectional access to Google Ads data from controls in the Visual Studio toolbox. This article demonstrates a graphical approach using wizards in Visual Studio, as well as how to databind with only a few lines of code.

DataBinding enables bidirectional access to data from UI controls. You can use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Google Ads to easily databind Google Ads data to Windows Forms and Web controls in Visual Studio. This article shows how to use wizards to databind Google Ads data to a chart that reflects any changes. The code walk-through section shows how to create a chart in 10 lines of code.

DataBind to a Chart

DataBinding consists of three steps: Instantiate the control, configure the data source, and databind.

Configure the Connection and Select Database Objects

Follow the procedure below to use the Data Source Configuration Wizard to create a chart control and the connection to Google Ads. In the wizard, you can select the Google Ads entities you want to databind.

  1. In a Windows Forms project, drag and drop a Chart control from the toolbox to the form. In the Data section of the Chart properties, select DataSource and then select Add Project Data Source from the menu.
  2. In the Data Source Configuration Wizard that appears, select Database -> Dataset.
  3. In the Choose Your Data Connection step, click New Connection.
  4. In the Add Connection dialog, click Change to select the CData Google Ads Data Source.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    DeveloperToken=MyDeveloperToken;ClientCustomerId=MyClientCustomerId;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

    Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf on 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, specify the DeveloperToken and ClientCustomerId.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

    When you configure the connection, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

  5. Choose the database objects you want to work with. This example uses the CampaignPerformance table.

DataBind

After adding the data source and selecting database objects, you can bind the objects to the chart. This example assigns the x-axis to Device and the y-axis to Clicks.

  1. In the Chart properties, click the button in the Series property to open the Series Collection Editor.
  2. In the Series properties, select the columns you want for the x- and y-axes: Select columns from the menu in the XValueMember and YValueMember properties.

The chart is now databound to the Google Ads data. Run the chart to display the current data.

Code Walk-through

DataBinding to Google Ads data requires only a few lines of code and can be completed in three easy steps.

  1. Connect to Google Ads.
  2. Create the GoogleAdsDataAdapter to execute the query and create a DataSet to be filled with its results.
  3. DataBind the result set to the chart.

Below is the complete code:

GoogleAdsConnection conn = new GoogleAdsConnection("DeveloperToken=MyDeveloperToken;ClientCustomerId=MyClientCustomerId;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH"); GoogleAdsCommand comm = new GoogleAdsCommand("SELECT Device, Clicks FROM CampaignPerformance", conn); GoogleAdsDataAdapter da = new GoogleAdsDataAdapter(comm); DataSet dataset = new DataSet(); da.Fill(dataset); chart1.DataSource = dataset; chart1.Series[0].XValueMember = "Device"; chart1.Series[0].YValueMembers = "Clicks"; // Insert code for additional chart formatting here. chart1.DataBind();