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Inside the Index and Search Engines: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Lars Fastrup, Patrick Tissegham

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Business Data Catalog Architecture

The BDC is a new shared service that is available in your SharePoint server farm after the deployment of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the creation of a Shared Services Provider (SSP). Chapter 5, introduced the concept of the SSP and explained the role of the index and search engine that is part of the SSP services. The BDC should be seen as middle-layer software whose purpose is to bridge the results gap described earlier. Compare the BDC to the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) layer that has been around for many years. Before ODBC, developers had to learn the native application programming interfaces (APIs) for the many database applications they had to access. Point-to-point applications were common in ...

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