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Viewing Zoho Books Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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

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

Connecting to Zoho Books Data Using Data Explorer

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

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

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

    Zoho Books uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the OAuth section of the Getting Started guide in 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: INVOICES) onto the form.

  7. Select the INVOICESView 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 INVOICES data.