Viewing DB2 Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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IBM DB2 FireDAC Components

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How to view DB2 data in RAD Studio Data Explorer using the CData FireDAC Components for DB2.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for DB2, you gain access to live DB2 data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve and update DB2 data. This article will walk through connecting to DB2 using the Data Explorer.

Connecting to DB2 Data Using Data Explorer

You can create a simple application for displaying DB2 data by utilizing the CData FireDAC Components for DB2 and a new VCL Forms Application:

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData DB2 Data Source and click Add New Connection.

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

  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: Orders) onto the form.

  7. Select the OrdersTable 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 Orders data.