Viewing Azure Data Catalog Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Azure Data Catalog Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    You can optionally set the following to read the different catalog data returned from Azure Data Catalog.

      CatalogName: Set this to the CatalogName associated with your Azure Data Catalog. To get your Catalog name, navigate to your Azure Portal home page > Data Catalog > Catalog Name

    Connect Using OAuth Authentication

    You must use OAuth to authenticate with Azure Data Catalog. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Data Catalog using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the help documentation.

  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: Tables) onto the form.

  7. Select the TablesView 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 Tables data.