Viewing MongoDB Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to MongoDB Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Set the Server, Database, User, and Password connection properties to connect to MongoDB. To access MongoDB collections as tables you can use automatic schema discovery or write your own schema definitions. Schemas are defined in .rsd files, which have a simple format. You can also execute free-form queries that are not tied to the schema.

  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: restaurants) onto the form.

  7. Select the restaurantsTable 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 restaurants data.