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Viewing SuiteCRM Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to SuiteCRM Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    The User and Password properties must be set to valid SuiteCRM user credentials. Additionally, specify the URL to the SuiteCRM application, for example http://suite.crm.com.

    Note that retrieving SuiteCRM metadata can be expensive. It is advised that you store the metadata locally as described in the Caching Metadata section of the data provider help documentation.

  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: Accounts) onto the form.

  7. Select the AccountsTable 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 Accounts data.