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 Azure DevOps
You can connect to your Azure DevOps account by providing the Organization Organization is the name of your Organization in the account. Navigate to Profile -> Organizations.
Authenticating to Azure DevOps
Authenticating with Basic AuthenticationYou can connect to your Azure DevOps account by providing the Organization and PersonalAccessToken.
Obtaining a Personal Access TokenA PersonalAccessToken is necessary for account authentication.
To generate one, log in to your Azure DevOps Organization account and navigate to Profile -> Personal Access Tokens -> New Token. The generated token will be displayed.
Authenticating with OAuth
See Using OAuth Authentication for an authentication guide.
Authenticating using MSI Authentication
If you are running Azure DevOps on an Azure VM, you can leverage Managed Service Identity (MSI) credentials to connect:
- AuthScheme: Set this to AzureMSI.
The MSI credentials will then be automatically obtained for authentication.
Using the FireDAC Connection Editor
Complete the following steps to use the FireDAC Connection Editor to assign a Azure DevOps connection to a TFDConnection object:
- Open a project and drop a TFDPhysCDataAzureDevOpsDriverLink from the Tool Palette onto the Form Designer.
- Drop a TFDConnection object onto the Form Designer.
- Double-click the TFDConnection and select CDataAzureDevOps in the Driver Id menu.
- Define the necessary connection properties.
- To execute ad-hoc SQL statements based on this connection, enter SQL commands on the SQL Script tab.
- 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:
- Click View > Tool Windows > Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand the FireDAC node.
- Right-click the CData Azure DevOps Data Source node and click Add New Connection.
- 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 Azure DevOps objects at design time:
- Expand the CData Azure DevOps 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.