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Build a Simple VCL Application for Google Ad Manager Data

How to build a simple VCL Application to view Google Ad Manager data in RAD Studio using the CData FireDAC Components for Google Ad Manager.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for Google Ad Manager, you gain access to live Google Ad Manager data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to retrieve and update Google Ad Manager data. This article will walk through connecting to Google Ad Manager and creating a simple VCL application with the Form Designer.

Creating a VCL Application for Google Ad Manager Data

The following instructions show how to use the Form Designer to create a simple VCL Forms application that shows the basic FireDAC objects needed to connect to Google Ad Manager from any application.

The following example populates a TDBGrid control.

  1. Create a new VCL Forms Application.
  2. Drop a TFDPhysGoogleAdsManagerDriverLink and TFDConnection object onto the form.
  3. Double-click the TFDConnection object. The FireDAC Connection Editor is displayed. Select "CData.GoogleAdsManager" in the DriverId menu and configure the connection properties.

    Google Ads Manager uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can authorize the data provider to access Google Ads Manager as an individual user or with a service account that you create in the Google APIs Console. See the Getting Started section in the data provider help documentation for an authentication guide.

  4. Drop a TFDQuery object onto the form and set the properties below:

    • Connection - Set this property to the TFDConnection object, if this object is not already specified.
    • SQL - Click the button in the SQL property and enter a query.
    • Active - Set this property to true.
  5. Drop a TDataSource object onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSet - In the menu for this property, select the name of the TFDQuery object.
  6. Drop a TDBGrid control onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSource - Select the name of the TDataSource.
  7. Drop a TFDGUIxWaitCursor onto the form. This is required to avoid a run-time error.

You now have an executable application that displays the results of the SQL Query set in the TFDQuery object.