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Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development by Donovan Follette, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox

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Chapter 13

Building Line-of-Business Solutions Using Business Connectivity Services

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:

  • Getting to know Business Connectivity Services in Office 365 SharePoint Online
  • Understanding how to build app-level external content types using OData
  • Working with SharePoint and Office integration using Apps for SharePoint and BCS

WROX.COM DOWNLOADS FOR THIS CHAPTER

The wrox.com code downloads for this chapter are found at http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/productCd-1118495845.html on the Download Code tab. The code for this chapter is divided into the following major examples:

  • C13EmployeeBCSApp.zip
  • C13EmpReferralBCSAppForOffice.zip
  • Employee.bdcm

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in SharePoint 2010 made tremendous strides over Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, bringing the capability to conveniently connect line-of-business (LOB) systems to the masses. BCS in SharePoint 2013 continues on this trajectory with new features that make BCS even more compelling to have as a core component when developing solutions for SharePoint users.

Looking back, with MOSS 2007 developers had to fuss around and work directly with the XML to set up connections to LOB systems using the Business Data Catalog. Also, after set up, these ADO.NET- or Web services-based connections were read-only. However, in SharePoint 2010 the tooling was ratcheted up significantly in both SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010, making it easier for power users, IT ...

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