Build a Simple VCL Application for LinkedIn Ads Data

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How to build a simple VCL Application to view LinkedIn Ads data in RAD Studio using the CData FireDAC Components for LinkedIn Ads.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for LinkedIn Ads, you gain access to live LinkedIn Ads data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to retrieve LinkedIn Ads data. This article will walk through connecting to LinkedIn Ads and creating a simple VCL application with the Form Designer.

Creating a VCL Application for LinkedIn Ads Data

The following instructions show how to use the Form Designer to create a simple VCL Forms application that shows the basic FireDAC objects needed to connect to LinkedIn Ads from any application.

The following example populates a TDBGrid control.

  1. Create a new VCL Forms Application.
  2. Drop a TFDPhysLinkedInAdsDriverLink and TFDConnection object onto the form.
  3. Double-click the TFDConnection object. The FireDAC Connection Editor is displayed. Select "CData.LinkedInAds" in the DriverId menu and configure the connection properties.

    LinkedIn Ads uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with LinkedIn using the browser. See the OAuth section in the Help documentation for a guide.

  4. Drop a TFDQuery object onto the form and set the properties below:

    • Connection - Set this property to the TFDConnection object, if this object is not already specified.
    • SQL - Click the button in the SQL property and enter a query.
    • Active - Set this property to true.
  5. Drop a TDataSource object onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSet - In the menu for this property, select the name of the TFDQuery object.
  6. Drop a TDBGrid control onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSource - Select the name of the TDataSource.
  7. Drop a TFDGUIxWaitCursor onto the form. This is required to avoid a run-time error.

You now have an executable application that displays the results of the SQL Query set in the TFDQuery object.