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CinSPUG - 2012-10-04 - Advanced BDC/BCS Development


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  • 1. Advanced BDC/BCS Development Scott Brickey SharePoint Practice Manager MCP, MCTS, MCITP, MCPD, SRSLY, WTF © 2008 Strategic Data Systems. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Strategic Data SystemsSDS SharePoint Custom SolutionsCount on our Agile development and expert coding experience to create an optimalsolution for your unique SharePoint application and integration needs.· Business Process Automation with Workflow and InfoPath· SharePoint Business Intelligence and Reporting· Portals and Collaboration· Content Management*Agile Practices for proven faster delivery, higher quality, & increased business value.For twenty years, SDS has solved enterprise development challenges using codingbest practices. We deliver required functionality with · Exceptional code quality · Maintainability · Reliability
  • 3. What is BCS and what does it do?• Business Connectivity Services • Formerly the Business Data Catalog• Business Data Catalog features • Required SharePoint Enterprise Edition • READ from the external system • Supported by SharePoint Search• New in BCS • Supported in SharePoint Foundation • READ + WRITE support
  • 4. BDC/BCS Architecture• Connectors • .Net assemblies (compiled code) • Select, Insert, Update, Delete• Metadata Model Files • Objects • Primary Keys • Searchable Fields • Operations • SharePoint Actions • Relationships • Settings / Parameters
  • 5. Built In Connectors and Tools• Connectors • Web Service / WCF Service • SQL Database • .Net Assembly• Tools • SP Designer 2010 • BDC Metaman
  • 6. Custom Code with Connectors• .Net Assembly Connector • BCS Object  .Net Class • BCS Operation  .Net Method • Base (template) model file + SPD model file• Custom Connector • Class which implements • ISystemUtility – BCS connector • IAdministrableSystem – Configuration options • Single model file
  • 7. .Net Assembly Connectors• DLL stored in BDC database, automatically installed on clients• One-to-one mapping between .Net objects and BDC/BCS objects • Code should be static• No awareness of metadata model files
  • 8. Custom Connectors• DLL installed into SP, manual install onto clients• Custom data mapping of BDC/BCS objects • Code can be more flexible• Awareness and access to Model file• Multiple security options available • Revert To Self (system) • Passthrough (user) • SSO / Secure Store • Configuration parameters (cleartext!)
  • 9. Operations• Finder • SELECT ALL• SpecificFinder • SELECT by Primary Key• IDEnumerator • SELECT ALL Primary Keys • Required for Search Indexing• StreamAccessor• AccessChecker• Creator• Updater• Deleter
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  • 11. References• Expert WSS 3 and MOSS 2007 Programming • Chapter 13, Pages 655 – 790• Differences Between using the .NET Assembly Connector and Writing a Custom Connector us/library/ee554911.aspx• How to: Publish a .NET Connectivity Assembly to the BDC Metadata Store• Code Snippet : Implementing a Custom Connector us/library/ff464382.aspx
  • 12. SDS SharePoint Library• Access Checker• File Upload Web Part• Replace Document• Password Change Web Part• SP Designer Workflow Conditions• More to come! • SP List BCS Connector • Xml SiteMap
  • 13. Thank you. For more information please contact: Scott Brickey 800-886-9405© 2008 Strategic Data Systems. All rights reserved.