Business Connectivity Services High-Level Architecture in SharePoint

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010 builds on the technology of the Business Data Catalog first introduced in SharePoint 2007. It provides the ability to connect SharePoint to external data sources of all kinds, including but not limited to, other database systems, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, ERP systems. BCS provides a developer with…


Web Part Development Options in SharePoint 2010

This diagram demonstrates the project templates and project item templates that you can use when developing Web Parts in Visual Studio. While these templates have the same end result (a cool Web Part running SharePoint), the development experience can vary between working with code or using a designer to build the UI. For more information,…


Guidance about Hybrid SharePoint Environments

The SharePoint product marketing team has a list of resources to help you make decisions about hybrid SharePoint environments. Hybrid SharePoint Environments with Office 365 New! Prepare for single sign-on (SSO) – Office 365 The main Deploying Office 365 page The Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises SharePoint Online Planning Guide for Office 365 for…


Solution Packages and the SharePoint Tools Continuum

One major advantage of the SharePoint 2010 development platform is that it provides the ability to save sites as solution packages. A solution package is a deployable, reusable package stored in a .cab file with a .wsp extension. You can create a solution package in the browser, SharePoint Designer 2010, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010….