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Build a Simple VCL Application for Salesforce Einstein Data

How to build a simple VCL Application to view Salesforce Einstein data in RAD Studio using the CData FireDAC Components for Salesforce Einstein.

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

Creating a VCL Application for Salesforce Einstein 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 Salesforce Einstein from any application.

The following example populates a TDBGrid control.

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

    Salesforce Einstein Analytics uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app with Salesforce Einstein Analytics.

    See the Getting Started section of the CData data provider 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.