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Viewing SAP ByDesign Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to SAP ByDesign Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Set the following connection properties to connect to SAP ByDesign.

    • Url: Set this to the Url of your SAP ByDesign site. For example, https://test.sapbydesign.com
    • User: Set this to the username of your account.
    • Password: Set this to the password of your account.
    • CustomService or AnalyticsService: Only one of these must be specified. If you have a custom service you want to retrieve data from, specify CustomService. If you want to retrieve the reports of a analytical service, specify AnalyticsService.
      If neither is specified, 'cc_home_analytics.svc' will used as a default for the AnalyticsService property. If you are not sure what service to specify, you can always query the Services view to list available services.

  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: [Inventory Balance]) onto the form.

  7. Select the [Inventory Balance]View 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 [Inventory Balance] data.