Viewing Facebook Ads Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Facebook Ads Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    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.

  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: AdAccounts) onto the form.

  7. Select the AdAccountsTable 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 AdAccounts data.