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Viewing MarkLogic Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to MarkLogic Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Set User, Password, and Server to the credentials for the MarkLogic account and the address of the server you want to connect to. You should also specify the REST API Port if you want to use a specific instance of a REST Server.

  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: Customer) onto the form.

  7. Select the CustomerTable 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 Customer data.