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Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010: Business Connectivity Services by Brett Lonsdale Penelope Coventry and Phill Duffy

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Chapter 4. Defining External System Connections Using SharePoint Designer

In this chapter, you will:

  • Create and manage external content types using SharePoint Designer

  • Create and modify data connections

  • Create and maintain data source operations

  • Export external content types

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) allows you to hook up external data with SharePoint and Office applications, enabling either professional developers or citizen developers in an organization to quickly develop composite solutions. To connect to the external system, the location of the external system, the protocol to use, and the credentials must be defined. Once connected, you need to define what operations on the data are allowed and the format of the data that will be returned. ...

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