DataBind Facebook Ads Data to the DevExpress Data Grid

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Facebook Ads ADO.NET Provider

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Use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Facebook Ads with the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls to provide Facebook Ads data to a chart.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for Facebook Ads implements standard ADO.NET data access components that can be used with third-party controls. The standard ADO.NET process for databinding can be followed to enable bidirectional access to live data from UI controls. In this article we show how to use the CData components to databind to the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls; you will databind to a chart that displays current data.

Most tables require user authentication as well as application authentication. Facebook uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate to Facebook, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Facebook.

See the Getting Started chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Windows Forms Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress chart with Facebook Ads data. The FacebookAdsDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart control. The Diagram property of the control defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using (FacebookAdsConnection connection = new FacebookAdsConnection( "InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH")) { FacebookAdsDataAdapter dataAdapter = new FacebookAdsDataAdapter( "SELECT AccountId, Name FROM AdAccounts WHERE Name = 'Acct Name'", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); dataAdapter.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series(); chartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "Name" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "AccountId"; series.ValueScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Numerical; chartControl1.Legend.Visibility = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.False; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }

Web Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress Web control with Facebook Ads data. The FacebookAdsDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart; the Diagram property defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using DevExpress.XtraCharts; using (FacebookAdsConnection connection = new FacebookAdsConnection( "InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH")) { FacebookAdsDataAdapter FacebookAdsDataAdapter1 = new FacebookAdsDataAdapter("SELECT AccountId, Name FROM AdAccounts WHERE Name = 'Acct Name'", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); FacebookAdsDataAdapter1.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new Series("Series1", ViewType.Bar); WebChartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "Name" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "AccountId"; series.ValueScaleType = ScaleType.Numerical; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }