Viewing Office 365 Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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Office 365 FireDAC Components

The Office 365 Data Provider gives developers the power to easily connect Delphi & C++Builder Apps to Microsoft Office 365 data including Outlook Mail, Contact, Calendar, Files, and more!

How to view Office 365 data in RAD Studio Data Explorer using the CData FireDAC Components for Office 365.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for Office 365, you gain access to live Office 365 data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve and update Office 365 data. This article will walk through connecting to Office 365 using the Data Explorer.

Connecting to Office 365 Data Using Data Explorer

You can create a simple application for displaying Office 365 data by utilizing the CData FireDAC Components for Office 365 and a new VCL Forms Application:

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData Office 365 Data Source and click Add New Connection.

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

    Office 365 uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate requests, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and OAuthCallbackURL by registering an app with Office 365. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  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: Files) onto the form.

  7. Select the FilesTable 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 Files data.