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DataBind Microsoft CDS Data to the DevExpress Data Grid

Use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Microsoft CDS with the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls to provide Microsoft CDS data to a chart.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for Microsoft CDS implements standard ADO.NET data access components that can be used with third-party controls. The standard ADO.NET process for databinding can be followed to enable bidirectional access to live data from UI controls. In this article we show how to use the CData components to databind to the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls; you will databind to a chart that displays current data.

You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. Below are the minimum connection properties required to connect.

  • InitiateOAuth: Set this to GETANDREFRESH. You can use InitiateOAuth to avoid repeating the OAuth exchange and manually setting the OAuthAccessToken.
  • OrganizationUrl: Set this to the organization URL you are connecting to, such as https://myorganization.crm.dynamics.com.
  • Tenant (optional): Set this if you wish to authenticate to a different tenant than your default. This is required to work with an organization not on your default Tenant.

When you connect the Common Data Service OAuth endpoint opens in your default browser. Log in and grant permissions. The OAuth process completes automatically.

Windows Forms Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress chart with Microsoft CDS data. The CDSDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart control. The Diagram property of the control defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using (CDSConnection connection = new CDSConnection( "OrganizationUrl=https://myaccount.crm.dynamics.com/InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH")) { CDSDataAdapter dataAdapter = new CDSDataAdapter( "SELECT AccountId, Name FROM Accounts WHERE Name = 'MyAccount'", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); dataAdapter.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series(); chartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "Name" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "AccountId"; series.ValueScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Numerical; chartControl1.Legend.Visibility = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.False; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }

Web Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress Web control with Microsoft CDS data. The CDSDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart; the Diagram property defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using DevExpress.XtraCharts; using (CDSConnection connection = new CDSConnection( "OrganizationUrl=https://myaccount.crm.dynamics.com/InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH")) { CDSDataAdapter CDSDataAdapter1 = new CDSDataAdapter("SELECT AccountId, Name FROM Accounts WHERE Name = 'MyAccount'", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); CDSDataAdapter1.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new Series("Series1", ViewType.Bar); WebChartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "Name" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "AccountId"; series.ValueScaleType = ScaleType.Numerical; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }