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Viewing Excel Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Excel Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    The ExcelFile, under the Authentication section, must be set to a valid Excel File.

  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: Sheet) onto the form.

  7. Select the SheetTable 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 Sheet data.