Understanding Business Connectivity Services

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…


What Is Included in Business Connectivity Services?

Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is included in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and Microsoft Office 2010 applications. However, the feature set and the capabilities differ in each application. The diagram below shows the differences in the feature sets of Business Connectivity Services, SharePoint Server 2010, and Office 2010. For more information…


ExcelMashup.com debuts!

As a SharePoint developer, you very likely already know about the Excel Services JavaScript API available to you in SharePoint 2010. You use this API to automate, customize, and interact with the Excel Web Access Web Part control on a page. By using the JavaScript object model, you can build mashups and other integrated solutions…