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Viewing Google Analytics Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Google Analytics Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf on individual users, you can use the embedded credentials or you can register your own OAuth app.

    OAuth also enables you to use a service account to connect on behalf of users in a Google Apps domain. To authenticate with a service account, you will need to register an application to obtain the OAuth JWT values.

    In addition to the OAuth values, set Profile to the profile you want to connect to. This can be set to either the Id or website URL for the Profile. If not specified, the first Profile returned will be used.

  5. Back in the Data Explorer, expand the views for the connection.
  6. Create a new VCL Forms application and drag a view (for example: Traffic) onto the form.

  7. Select the TrafficView 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 Traffic data.