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Viewing Salesforce Chatter Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Salesforce Chatter Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Salesforce Chatter uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate to Salesforce Chatter via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Salesforce Chatter.

  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: Users) onto the form.

  7. Select the UsersView 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 Users data.