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SharePoint 2007: Developer’s Guide to Business Data Catalog by Brett Lonsdale, Nick Swan

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Appendix C. Connecting to data sources with web services

Using web services allows you to connect to just about any data source, as you can create the connection from within your web methods and expose the data. This is great for data sources that don’t have a direct way of connecting to them, and perhaps rely on ODBC. Also, web services can help you get around certain issues, such as BDC not offering any support for Oracle stored procedures.

In this appendix, we’ll explore how to author your own WCF web services to provide the data in a format that works well with the Business Data Catalog. It’s sometimes assumed that, because an application exposes data via web services, you can consume those web services with the Business Data Catalog. Often ...

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