SharePoint Business Connectivity Services Dataflow Model

Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) enables users to read and write data from external systems—through Web services, databases, and Microsoft .NET Framework assemblies—from within Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 applications. Both SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 applications have product features that can use external data directly, both online and offline. Developers can gain…


How to Work with Managed Metadata Columns by Using the SharePoint Client Object Model (Kaushalendra Kumar)

Managed metadata is a hierarchical collection of centrally managed terms that you can define and then use as attributes for items in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Managed terms can act as sources of data for columns in libraries or lists. To manage the taxonomy column by using the server object model, there are APIs available…


Deploying WSPs as part of an automated build (Chris O’Brien)

In this fifth article of our SharePoint Continuous Integration series, we will look at how to implement automated WSP deployment as part of a Team Foundation Server (TFS) build. We have dealt with most prerequisites in our earlier articles, but since we still have one outstanding prerequisite to cover, this article is split into two…


Client Object Model Request Batching in SharePoint 2010

The request batching process helps to improve performance and reduce network traffic in two ways. First, fewer Web service calls occur between the client and the SharePoint server, which reduces the "chattiness" of the client-server interface. For example, you can perform two list queries in a single request. Second, as a set of operations occur…