Viewing Databricks Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Databricks Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    To connect to a Databricks cluster, set the properties as described below.

    Note: The needed values can be found in your Databricks instance by navigating to Clusters, and selecting the desired cluster, and selecting the JDBC/ODBC tab under Advanced Options.

    • Server: Set to the Server Hostname of your Databricks cluster.
    • HTTPPath: Set to the HTTP Path of your Databricks cluster.
    • Token: Set to your personal access token (this value can be obtained by navigating to the User Settings page of your Databricks instance and selecting the Access Tokens tab).

  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: Customers) onto the form.

  7. Select the CustomersTable 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 Customers data.