Enterprise Connector FireDAC Components for Salesforce 2017
When we think of Salesforce, we typically think of its main use case; pulling together relevant information for sales so they can track and close deals. However, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems hold a great value for other members of your company as well. CRM is a term that refers to practices, strategies, and technologies that companies use to manage and analyze customer interactions and data throughout the customer lifecycle, with the goal of improving business relationships with customers, assisting in customer retention and driving sales growth.
The Embarcadero Enterprise Connector for Salesforce 2017 allows you to use Embarcadero FireDAC classes to build applications with bi-directional access to Salesforce. FireDAC provides a unified, high-performance data access layer for working with enterprise databases in RAD Studio. The components abstract the underlying data source into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve and update data.
This post describes how to install and use Embarcadero's Enterprise Connector for Salesforce Components for RAD Studio, Delphi and/or C++ Builder.
Standard FireDAC Components
Just like connecting with a typical RDBMS like InterBase, MySQL. or SQL Server. You can use standard FireDAC components like TDFManager, TDFConnection, TDFQuery, etc.
Type SQL, Get Salesforce Data
The easiest way to build data-centric applications. You write standard SQL queries to interact with Salesforce, just like working with any RDBMS. The Enterprise Connectors supports SQL joins, updates, aggregation, and more:
The Enterprise Connector FireDAC Components for Salesforce 2017 integrates Salesforce into RAD Studio, Delphi and/or C++ Builder. The component requires the Web Services API. The Web Services API is supported natively by Salesforce Enterprise, Unlimited, and Developer editions. The Web Services API may be enabled on Professional Edition at an additional cost by contacting Salesforce. The component defaults to version 40.0 of the Salesforce API. Later or earlier versions can be specified in the APIVersion property.
Install Enterprise Connector Salesforce Components into RAD Studio, Delphi and/or C++ Builder
Use the Getit Package Manager and install CData Enterprise Connector FireDAC Components for Salesforce 2017.
After the install, demos, help and source code will get installed, by default into folder: C:Program FilesCDataCData FireDAC Components for Salesforce
You can test the CData FireDAC Components for Salesforce by running the sample Delphi Console Application located at:
C:Program FilesCDataCData FireDAC Components for SalesforcedemosConsoleSample
1. Open project in RAD Studio or Delphi:
2. Run the Application:
3. SalesForce Data gets returned:
Notes for User Access:
1. You need to provide you Salesforce Username and Password and Security Token.
2. When accessing Salesforce--either via a desktop client or the API--from outside of your company’s trusted networks, you must add a security token to your password to log in. To get your new security token, log in to Salesforce. From your personal settings (My Settings):
Enter Reset My Security Token in the Quick Find box, then select Reset My Security Token.
Click the Reset Security Token button, and Salesforce will email you your new security token:
Subject: Your new Salesforce security token
We've sent you a new Salesforce security token because you recently changed your password or requested to reset your security token. Use this updated security token with API or desktop clients that require it.
Security token (case-sensitive): kenue36dn8a7qn7az90
NOTE: By default, the SecurityToken is required, but you can make it optional by allowing a range of trusted IP addresses:
To disable the security token, log into Salesforce and in the setup section enter "Network Access" in the Quick Find box. Add your IP address to the list of trusted IP addresses.
Another option is Authenticating with OAuth
If you do not have access to the username and password or do not wish to require them, you can use the OAuth user consent flow. See Using OAuth in the Enterprise Connector for SalesForce Help file for a guide.
Creating VCL or FireMonkey Applications to use the Enterprise Connector for SalesForce
This section shows how to use the RAD Studio Form Designer to create a Forms application that shows the basic FireDAC objects needed to connect to Salesforce from any application.
1. Using RAD Studio, Delphi or C++ Builder, in the Project Manager, Data Explorer FireDAC, Right-Click on the CData Salesforce Data Source | Add New Connection
For example, you can name it MySalesForce:
Right-Click the MySalesForce connection | Modify
In the FireDAC connection Editor, enter your SalesForce User, Password and Security Token.
Click the Test button. You may be prompted to enter your SalesForce Password for the FireDAC Login dialog:
Click OK, and verify Successful Connection!
Now, in Data Explorer, if you expand your MySalesForce connection node, you will see all the Tables, Views, and Procedures that you have available for SQL against your SalesForce.com:
You can write SQL against these SalesForce tables including Select, Update, Insert and Delete, and also Inner Joins, Aggregate functions, executing Stored Procedures, and more.
The Enterprise Connector for SalesForce exposes the SalesForce data as high-level mappings to SalesForce data. The Salesforce Object is represented as a Table with Records.
The DataExplorer shows you the SalesForce Tables, Views and Stored Procedures, that you can drag-and-drop onto your RAD Studio forms to auto-create the necessary FDConnection and FDQuery or FDTable components.
For Stored Procedures, for example, the GetCustomReport stored proc that lets you execute a Salesforce Report and get the results in a dataset. So you can drop a TFDStoreProc component on your form and call the GetCustomReport stored proc and display the results on grid!
2. Create a New VCL Forms Application (Delphi or C++ Builder).
3. From the Data Explorer Tab, drop the SalesForce CData.SalesForce.Account Table onto your VCL Form:
4. This will add the FireDAC MySalesForce Connection and FireDAC Account Table components onto your VCL Form:
5. Add a DBGrid and DataSource component onto the Form:
6. For the SQL property of the AccountTable, enter: SELECT Name, MAX(AnnualRevenue) FROM Account GROUP BY Name Limit 10
7. Run the application and see the SalesForce Data displayed on your DBGrid, like this:
That’s it! That is how easy it is to use Embarcadero’s Enterprise Connector for SalesForce with RAD Studio, Delphi and/or C++ Builder to connect and access SalesForce data!
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