How to Connect to Box Data from Delphi and C++ Builder Apps with CData FireDAC Components for Box 18.0 Build 6899
Box is a cloud-based file storage and collaboration platform that allows users to store, share, and manage files online. Box provides APIs for developers to integrate with Box data and functionality. However, working with APIs can be complex and time-consuming, especially for developers who want to use Delphi or C++ Builder to create applications that connect to Box data.
Fortunately, there is a simpler and faster way to connect to Box data from Delphi and C++ Builder apps: using CData FireDAC Components for Box 18.0 Build 6899. These components are native FireDAC components that provide easy and consistent SQL access to Box data, without requiring any API knowledge or coding. With CData FireDAC Components for Box 18.0 Build 6899, you can:
Build a relational model of your Box content
Use stored procedures to perform actions like sharing, uploading, and downloading
Connect to live Box data, for real-time data access
Secure connectivity through modern cryptography, including TLS 1.2, SHA-256, ECC, etc.
Integrate with RAD Studio and use data controls like TDBGrid, TDBCtrlGrid, etc.
In this article, we will show you how to use CData FireDAC Components for Box 18.0 Build 6899 to connect to Box data from Delphi and C++ Builder apps.
To follow along with this article, you will need:
A Box account with some files and folders
A RAD Studio installation (Delphi or C++ Builder) with FireDAC support
A CData FireDAC Components for Box 18.0 Build 6899 installation
Step 1: Configure the Connection to Box
The first step is to configure the connection to Box using the CData FireDAC Component. To do this:
Open RAD Studio and create a new VCL Forms Application project.
On the Tool Palette, search for \"CData\" and drag a TFDPhysCDataBoxDriverLink component onto the form.
Double-click the component to open the Driver Editor dialog.
In the Driver Editor dialog, click the Add button to create a new connection definition.
In the Connection Editor dialog, enter a name for the connection definition (e.g., \"BoxConnection\") and set the Driver ID property to \"CData.Fire.Box\".
In the Params tab, enter your Box credentials and connection properties. The main properties required are:
User: Set this to your email address or login ID.
Password: Set this to your password.
OAuthClientId: Set this to the client ID obtained from Box.
OAuthClientSecret: Set this to the client secret obtained from Box.
To obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret values, you need to register an app with Box. Follow the steps below to obtain the OAuth values:
Log into your account at https://account.box.com/developers/services/edit/.
Create a new app or select an existing one.
In the Configuration section of your app settings page, set Application Access to Server Authentication (Server-to-Server).
In the OAuth2 Parameters section of your app settings page, click Generate a Public/Private Keypair.
Save your app settings and download your private key file (e.g., private_key.pem).
The client ID value is shown in your app settings page under OAuth2 Parameters > Client ID.
The client secret value is shown in your app settings page under OAuth2 Parameters > Client Secret.
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