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MOSS Explained: An Information Worker’s Deep Dive into Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by John Ross, Nicola Young

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Custom Solutions

After the application definition file is imported into SharePoint, the possibilities are endless. Keep in mind that since the BDC is a shared service in the SSP, the ADF will be available across all the Web applications and site collections that consume from the SSP and thus available for custom solutions across all the Web applications and site collections. A developer can write custom Web Parts to display and interact with the data. For instance, you might want a Web Part that not only allows the user to view the data but also shows the data in a chart or some other type of report. Another example might be using the BDC to display a catalog for ordering supplies in SharePoint from the operations department. The custom application ...

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