Viewing X-Cart Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to X-Cart Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    An API Key must be created for your XCart Installation. In order to obtain the API Key, you need to install and configure the REST API Module for your X-Cart installation.

    • Login to your X-Cart Installation. Click on My addons on the bottom of the left side-bar navigation panel.
    • Search for REST API Module. Install the Module.
    • After the module has been installed, you need to set it up.
      • Go to the Settings section for the REST API Module.
      • On the settings page specify the API Key (only read)
    • Set the ApiKey and Url to the connection property to connect to data.

  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: PROFILES) onto the form.

  7. Select the PROFILESView 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 PROFILES data.