Viewing Google Ads Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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Google AdWords FireDAC Components

An easy-to-use database-like interface for Delphi & C++Builder Apps to access live Google AdWords data (Campaigns, AdGroups, Performance, and more).



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

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

Connecting to Google Ads Data Using Data Explorer

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

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData Google Ads 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 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.

  5. Back in the Data Explorer, expand the views for the connection.
  6. Create a new VCL Forms application and drag a view (for example: CampaignPerformance) onto the form.

  7. Select the CampaignPerformanceView 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 CampaignPerformance data.