Viewing Alfresco Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Alfresco Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    To connect to Alfresco, the following connection properties must be supplied: User, Password, and InstanceUrl. User and Password correspond to the login credentials that you use to access Alfresco in a web browser. InstanceUrl corresponds to the Alfresco instance you will be querying. For instance, if you expect your queries to hit, you should supply for InstanceUrl.

  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: Alfresco) onto the form.

  7. Select the AlfrescoView 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 Alfresco data.