FireDAC Components for YouTube Analytics

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Establishing a Connection

You can create and manage connections with the Data Explorer and the FireDAC Connection Editor wizards. See Connection Definitions for more information on creating connections from code and creating persistent, private, or temporary connections.

Connecting to YouTube Analytics

Provide the following connection properties before adding the authentication properties.

  • ChannelId: Set to the Id of a YouTube channel. If not specified, data is returned for the authenticated user's channel.
  • ContentOwnerId: Set if you want to generate content owner reports.

Authenticating to YouTube Analytics

All connections to YouTube Analytics are authenticated using OAuth. The component supports using user accounts, service accounts and GCP instance accounts for authentication.

Authenticate with a User Account

AuthScheme must be set to OAuth in all of the user account flows. For desktop applications, the component's embedded application is the simplest way to authenticate. The only additional requirement is to set InitiateOAuth to GETANDREFRESH.

When the driver starts, it will open a browser and YouTube Analytics will request your login information. The component will use the credentials you provide to access your YouTube Analytics data. These credentials will be saved and automatically refreshed as needed.

See Using OAuth Authentication for a authentication guide covering all the supported methods in detail.

Authenticate with a Service Account

To authenticate using a service account, you must create a new service account and have a copy of the accounts certificate.

For a JSON file, you will need to set these properties:

  • AuthScheme: Required. Set this to OAuthJWT.
  • InitiateOAuth: Required. Set this to GETANDREFRESH.
  • OAuthJWTCertType: Required. Set this to GOOGLEJSON.
  • OAuthJWTCert: Required. Set this to the path to the .json file provided by Google.
  • OAuthJWTSubject: Optional. Only set this value if the service account is part of a GSuite domain and you want to enable delegation. The value of this property should be the email address of the user whose data you want to access.

For a PFX file, you will need to set these properties instead:

  • AuthScheme: Required. Set this to OAuthJWT.
  • InitiateOAuth: Required. Set this to GETANDREFRESH.
  • OAuthJWTCertType: Required. Set this to PFXFILE.
  • OAuthJWTCert: Required. Set this to the path to the .pfx file provided by Google.
  • OAuthJWTCertPassword: Optional. Set this to the .pfx file password. In most cases this will need to be provided since Google encrypts PFX certificates.
  • OAuthJWTCertSubject: Optional. Set this only if you are using a OAuthJWTCertType which stores multiple certificates. Should not be set for PFX certificates generated by Google.
  • OAuthJWTIssuer: Required. Set this to the email address of the service account. This address will usually include the domain iam.gserviceaccount.com.
  • OAuthJWTSubject: Optional. Only set this value if the service account is part of a GSuite domain and you want to enable delegation. The value of this property should be the email address of the user whose data you want to access.

If you do not already have a service account, you can create one by following the procedure in Creating a Custom OAuth App.

Authenticate with a GCP Instance Account

When running on a GCP virtual machine, the component can authenticate using a service account tied to the virtual machine. To use this mode, set AuthScheme to GCPInstanceAccount.

Using the FireDAC Connection Editor

Complete the following steps to use the FireDAC Connection Editor to assign a YouTube Analytics connection to a TFDConnection object:

  1. Open a project and drop a TFDPhysCDataYouTubeAnalyticsDriverLink from the Tool Palette onto the Form Designer.
  2. Drop a TFDConnection object onto the Form Designer.
  3. Double-click the TFDConnection and select CDataYouTubeAnalytics in the Driver Id menu.
  4. Define the necessary connection properties.
  5. To execute ad-hoc SQL statements based on this connection, enter SQL commands on the SQL Script tab.
  6. In the Form Designer, select the TFDConnection object and set the Connected property to true.

Using the Data Explorer

Complete the following steps to use the Data Explorer to define persistent connections that can be shared across applications and projects:

  1. Click View > Tool Windows > Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand the FireDAC node.
  2. Right-click the CData YouTube Analytics Data Source node and click Add New Connection.
  3. Enter a name for the connection. The FireDAC Connection Editor opens.

Working with Persistent Connections

The connections you define in the Data Explorer can be assigned to a TFDConnection object by specifying the connection name in the TFDConnection object's ConnectionDefName property.

Browsing Data and Metadata

The Data Explorer also provides options for browsing YouTube Analytics objects at design time:

  • Expand the CData YouTube Analytics Data Source node in the Data Explorer to view the defined connections.
  • Expand a connection node to find the database objects available for a connection.
  • Drill down to a database object to find metadata such as primary keys.
  • To display data, double-click a table or view or right-click and click View.

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