Introduction to System Filters

Filters are used by Microsoft Business Connectivity Service (BCS) to give values to input parameters while invoking a Method on the External System (LobSystem). But there could be some parameters whose values should be provided by the system (example: username, password) and not from the user. Filters that provide values to these input parameters are…

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Test Drive BCS

Now that we have shown you the basics on how to: Create a model using SharePoint Designer Create an external list using SharePoint Designer or the Browser Take the external list into Outlook and/or into SharePoint Workspace Create associations Go ahead and take BCS out for a test drive! To do this you can download…

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Using SharePoint workflows with Business Connectivity Services (BCS)

Hi, my name is JD Klaka, a test lead on the BCS team. I have worked on both SharePoint Workflow and BCS, and I love solving user scenarios by combining features and learning more about SharePoint. In this series, I will show how workflow and BCS can be used together to enable powerful scenarios. Why…

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Tooling Associations in SharePoint Designer 2010

This post serves as a follow-up to Juan’s 11/19 posting entitled The Notion of Associations and the External Item Picker. This posting will focus primarily on tooling these External Content Type (ECT) associations using SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2010, with a supplemental focus on Profile Pages and the BCS Web Parts (namely Business Data Item, Business…

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BCS Tooling Investments in 2010: Part 2

In the first installment of this series of posts, “BCS Tooling Investments in 2010: Part 1”, we talked about in to the design experience in SharePoint Designer 2010. Now let’s take a look at what you can do in Visual Studio 2010 followed by the interoperability between SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010. Visual…

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BCS Tooling Investments in 2010: Part 1

One of the most popular requests around the Business Data Catalog (BDC) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is for additional tooling support. Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is the evolution of BDC, so for this release we have made big investments in SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 to facilitate the creation of SharePoint…

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Introducing the External Content Type

External content type is probably the most important Business Connectivity Services (BCS) concept to understand, so I decided to create a brief post about it. In essence, an external content type is the SharePoint and Office representation of a real business entity like a Customer, Order or Employee. Implementation-wise, external content types are the evolution…

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