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Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 Paperback – Feb 1 2011
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From the Back Cover
Learn to use BCS as the vital data layer for SharePoint solutions
Because Business Connectivity Services offers an integration layer capable of connecting SharePoint to External Data, developers should now consider it as the primary pattern for developing applications in SharePoint. If your SharePoint solution needs data storage with capabilities beyond those of a standard list, BCS enables you to craft a solution that offers enterprise search, SharePoint UI and user profile integration, and Microsoft Office integration with off-line support. This book presents the power and capabilities of BCS plus the guidance to use them in custom application development.
Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010:
Provides an overview of BCS, its relationship to other components of SharePoint, and its role in the business environment
Explains integration points for BCS solutions with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010
Shows how to create custom solutions using server-side and client-side object models
Covers development and application of connectors in Visual Studio® 2010
Examines security in BCS solutions, including both classic and claims mode considerations for SharePoint 2010
Demonstrates how to create solutions that use enterprise search with External Systems
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About the Author
Scot Hillier is an independent consultant and Microsoft MVP who creates solutions for information workers using SharePoint, Office, and related .NET technologies. He is the author of ten books on Microsoft technologies.
Brad Stevenson is a senior lead program manager at Microsoft, where his involvement with SharePoint dates to the 2003 release. He has spoken at various conferences on connecting SharePoint to external data.
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1. The section titled _Advanced Code-Based Solution_ explaining the creation of an External Content Type in code is an 8 paragraph (several of which are no longer than 2 sentences) explanation of the types of content types you can create via code. No example, no demo. The only example given for creating an ECT is via Designer. When I actually had to create an ECT via code I opened this book only to be disappointed. Sadly the examples online were also of minimal help so I ended up having to create the ECT via Designer and exporting it for the sake of version control.
2. Since there is no example of ECTs in code there is also no example of an External List definition in code.
3. Since the above items are lacking there is also no discussion of creating an External Data Column within a SharePoint list in code. This process is quite distinct from creating a normal SPLookupField and I would really expect that to be covered.
These things strike me as 3 of the most basic concerns for SharePoint developers around BCS and are applicable to all editions of SharePoint 2010 from foundation on up. I'm quite surprised they were not covered at all.