There are many, many people to thank for the successful completion of this book starting with my co-author, Brad Stevenson. I met Brad (whose initials are actually “BCS,” no kidding) at the very beginning of 2009 when we started the effort to create training materials around what was then called Line-of-Business Integration (LOBi). Brad spent a significant amount of time explaining the vision and functionality of the new technology in a little kitchen area. Along with Boris Scholl, who led the Visual Studio effort, they got me hooked. I knew immediately that I wanted to write a book about it. Securing Brad as a co-author was a selfish move because I got to use his vision as a foundation for the book.
Next on the list to thank is our outstanding technical reviewer, Todd Baginski. Todd has been around BCS\BDC for a long time, and is a recognized expert in the SharePoint community. He did foundational work on the MetaMan model-generating product. Thanks for all your insights, Todd.
Along with Brad and Todd, the BCS, Search, and Visual Studio teams at Microsoft have been very generous with their time. Thank you to Mohammed Nazeeruddin (aka “Nazeer”), Russell Palmer, Thomas Mechelke, Arshish Kapadia, Nan Xie, Nitin Ved, Uma Subramanian, David Koronthaly, JD Klaka, Dwayne Codrington, Betty Yip, Dan Stanciu, and Alex Croicu. My apologies to anyone I might have missed; I pestered many people.
Outside of Microsoft, I also received input from key people in the SharePoint ...