Viewing Raisers Edge NXT Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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Raisers Edge NXT FireDAC Components

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Delphi & C++ Builder Apps that integrate with Raisers Edge NXT.

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

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

Connecting to Raisers Edge NXT Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Before establishing a connection, supply the SubscriptionKey, found in the Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Profile.

    Authenticating to Raiser's Edge NXT

    Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can connect to without setting any connection properties using the embedded OAuth credentials.

    Alternatively, you can authenticate by creating a custom app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

    See the Help documentation for an authentication guide.

  5. Back in the Data Explorer, expand the views for the connection.
  6. Create a new VCL Forms application and drag a view (for example: Constituents) onto the form.

  7. Select the ConstituentsView 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 Constituents data.