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Viewing Azure Table Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Azure Table Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Specify your AccessKey and your Account to connect. Set the Account property to the Storage Account Name and set AccessKey to one of the Access Keys. Either the Primary or Secondary Access Keys can be used. To obtain these values, navigate to the Storage Accounts blade in the Azure portal. You can obtain the access key by selecting your account and clicking Access Keys in the Settings section.

  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: NorthwindProducts) onto the form.

  7. Select the NorthwindProductsTable 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 NorthwindProducts data.