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Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010 Inside Out by Penelope Coventry Errin O’Connor Troy Lanphier, Johnathan Lightfoot, Thomas Resing, and Michael Doyle

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Using Visual Studio 2010 with the BCS

BCS is all about bringing data that lives outside SharePoint into SharePoint. The BCS provides connectivity to your external LoB systems by using connectors. Earlier in this chapter, SharePoint Designer was used as a no-code method to define the BDC model and use ECT as External lists and external data columns. This method has some limitations:

  • You can only create CRUD operations. BCS supports other operations that cannot be created by using SharePoint Designer, such as the stream operation that allows you to access a file that is stored as a Binary Large Object (BLOB) in an SQL database.

  • The declarative XML created in the BDC model can only be changed if you export the BDC model and then open the file created ...

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