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Viewing Blackbaud FE NXT Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Blackbaud FE NXT Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  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: Accounts) onto the form.

  7. Select the AccountsTable 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 Accounts data.