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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Web Applications The Complete Reference by Charlie Holland

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CHAPTER 13 Data Access Overview

More often than not, when it comes to designing a data access layer for a custom application, your only consideration is how the layer can be accessed and used programmatically. You don’t usually need to consider how a nontechnical user might configure and amend the data structure. Naturally, this makes life much simpler for the designer, because the data structure can be designed with only the application goals in mind. The exception to this rule occurs, of course, when the application itself is a configurable data store; in that case, the primary aim is to create a user-configurable data access layer. SharePoint is such an application, as a web-based platform for storing and sharing data and applications that ...

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