WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?
WROX.COM CODE DOWNLOADS FOR THIS CHAPTER
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Chapter 13, “Introducing Business Connectivity Services,” discussed creating Business Connectivity Services (BCS) solutions with little coding. This chapter explores custom coding in BCS by presenting .NET Assembly Connectors and the BDC server object model, which lays the foundation for custom BCS solutions.
A .NET Assembly Connector associates a custom assembly with an external content type (ECT) so that you can precisely control how information is accessed, processed, and returned from external systems. You create a .NET Assembly Connector in Visual Studio 2012 by adding the Business Data Connectivity Model (BDCM) item. The Visual Studio BDCM item is a complete working sample. After it is created, you can press F5 and make external lists in SharePoint. This is a good start because the tooling can be somewhat confusing when you first use it; a complete working sample helps guide you to success. The detailed examination of the project item in the next section can help you understand.