Introduction to SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS)

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Introduction to SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS)

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

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