Viewing Cloudant Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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Cloudant FireDAC Components

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

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

Connecting to Cloudant Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Set the following connection properties to connect to Cloudant:

    • User: Set this to your username.
    • Password: Set this to your password.

  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: Movies) onto the form.

  7. Select the MoviesTable 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 Movies data.