Build a Simple VCL Application for SAP BusinessObjects BI Data

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How to build a simple VCL Application to view SAP BusinessObjects BI data in RAD Studio using the CData FireDAC Components for SAP BusinessObjects BI.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for SAP BusinessObjects BI, you gain access to live SAP BusinessObjects BI data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to retrieve SAP BusinessObjects BI data. This article will walk through connecting to SAP BusinessObjects BI and creating a simple VCL application with the Form Designer.

Creating a VCL Application for SAP BusinessObjects BI Data

The following instructions show how to use the Form Designer to create a simple VCL Forms application that shows the basic FireDAC objects needed to connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI from any application.

The following example populates a TDBGrid control.

  1. Create a new VCL Forms Application.
  2. Drop a TFDPhysSAPBusinessObjectsBIDriverLink and TFDConnection object onto the form.
  3. Double-click the TFDConnection object. The FireDAC Connection Editor is displayed. Select "CData.SAPBusinessObjectsBI" in the DriverId menu and configure the connection properties.

    To connect to your SAP Business Objects BI instance, you must set the following connection properties:

    • Url: set this to the rest API URL. After logging into the Central Management Console, choose 'Applications' from the combo box. Double-click on 'RESTful Web Service' and you'll see the access URL. By default it is, http://{Server-Name}:6405/biprws.
    • User: set this to the username of your instance.
    • Password: set this to the password of your instance.

  4. Drop a TFDQuery object onto the form and set the properties below:

    • Connection - Set this property to the TFDConnection object, if this object is not already specified.
    • SQL - Click the button in the SQL property and enter a query.
    • Active - Set this property to true.
  5. Drop a TDataSource object onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSet - In the menu for this property, select the name of the TFDQuery object.
  6. Drop a TDBGrid control onto the form and set the following property:

    • DataSource - Select the name of the TDataSource.
  7. Drop a TFDGUIxWaitCursor onto the form. This is required to avoid a run-time error.

You now have an executable application that displays the results of the SQL Query set in the TFDQuery object.