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Viewing Google Contacts Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Google Contacts Data Using Data Explorer

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

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData Google Contacts 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: Friends) onto the form.

  7. Select the FriendsTable 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 Friends data.