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Introduction to External Lists and Business Connectivity Services with SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010

Introduction to External Lists and Business Connectivity Services with SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010

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  • 1. Introduction to External Lists and Business Connectivity Services with SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010
    Presented By: Joshua Carlisle
    Email: joshc@viewfusion.com
    Twitter: JoshCarlisle
    Blog: http://www.sharepointbrainfreeze.com
  • 2. A little about me
    SharePoint Developer – 7 Years
    Software Developer – 13 years
    User Group Leader – Triangle SharePoint User Group (Raleigh, NC)
    User Group and Regional Conference Speaking
    Blog: www.sharepointbrainfreeze.com
    Twitter: JoshCarlisle
  • 3. Overview
    BCS Overview
    Role of External Lists, External Content Types, Entities
    Tools Support (SPD, Visual Studio 2010)
    Demos
    Short SharePoint Designer
    Introduction to Visual Studio BCS Project
    Advanced BCS Project
  • 4. What are Business Connectivity Services?
    Builds on SharePoint 2007 BDC
    Integration with Backend Data Source
    Improved Functionality and Tool Support
    Underlying Framework Now Part of SharePoint Foundation (formerly WSS)
  • 5. External Content Type (ECT) Entities External Lists Oh My!
    Thick Clients
    BCS
    External Data
    External Content
    Type
    (ECT)
    External Lists
    Definition
    BCS
    Thin Clients (SharePoint)
  • 6. BCS Tools – SPD & Visual Studio
    SPD
    Visual Studio
    No Code Solutions
    AggregateMashup Data
    “Simple” Homogeneous Data
    Complex Business Logic
    Define CRUD Operations
    Advanced VSTO Integration
    Customize Forms (Infopath)
    Defined Reusable SPD Parts
    Define Workflows
  • 7. Demos
    • SharePoint Designer – External Content Type
    • 8. Visual Studio – Out of the Box
    • 9. Visual Studio – SQL Database & Twitter Aggregation
    Credits:
    Thanks to Kirk Evan’s article “Using Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010“ on MSDN for some of the inspiration for the twitter integration in my demos.
  • 10. Feedback and Resources
    Feedback and Full Source code for demos can be downloaded from my blog at http://www.sharepointbrainfreeze.com