Viewing Azure Analysis Services Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Azure Analysis Services Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    To connect to Azure Analysis Services, set the Url property to a valid server, for instance, asazure://southcentralus.asazure.windows.net/server, in addition to authenticating. Optionally, set Database to distinguish which Azure database on the server to connect to.

    Azure Analysis Services uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Analysis Services using the browser. You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. See the Help documentation for more information.

  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: Customer) onto the form.

  7. Select the CustomerView 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 Customer data.