Embarcadero FireDAC and C++ – Good for Paradox

FireDAC is good for paradox (a leading database in it’s time and still in use in legacy applications)…..


1) Create a new VCL project

 2) on Form1 add a single TFDConnection

 3) double click on this TFDConnection

 4) Select DriveID to be “ODBC”

 5) Now in the ODBC Driver entry, can you select “MS Driver for Paradox” ?

6) Assuming you can, enter the full path to your Paradox database directory in the “Database” box

 7) close down the configuration window

 8) go to the properties of the TFDConnection

9) click on “Connected” – this will bring up a password dialog (on our test I have no password protection so just click on OK). The connected check box in the properties should now say “true”.

 10) Now you can add a TFDQuery to your form

 11) It will have the property: connection already set to your TFDConnection

 12) Double click on the TFDQuery to bring up the query editor

 13) in the SQL tab enter the following

   SELECT * FROM yourtablename

 14) click on Execute and you will see all the contents of the table.

 I have just done this with a paradox database on a Win 7 PC using C++ Builder and it all works as described.

 Note: you may want to use the connection wizard (button on the TFDConnection configuration form) as this also sets up ODBC Advanced string which has additional options that can apply to FireDAC ODBC Paradox.

 Hope this helps get you started.



Embarcadero FireDAC – Great Video

Embarcadero are pretty good about training webinars. These are a great way to get more out of their products. Invariably the live seminars appear on youtube after the event (although watching them on youtube means you don’t get the chance to ask questions in the live Q & A sessions at the end of the webinar).

 Here’s a link to one such particularly good webinar recording on using FireDAC, presented by Cary Jenson. Take a look !

FireDAC in Depth – by Cary Jenson