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Viewing Excel Services Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Excel Services Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    The URL, User, and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials for SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2010, or SharePoint 2013. Additionally, the Library property must be set to a valid SharePoint Document Library and the File property must be set to a valid .xlsx file in the indicated Library.

  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: Account) onto the form.

  7. Select the AccountTable 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 Account data.