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Viewing Google Calendar Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Google Calendar Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

  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: VacationCalendar) onto the form.

  7. Select the VacationCalendarTable 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 VacationCalendar data.