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Using the Business Data Catalog Editor Tool

ISBN: 978-0-470-47843-1
33 pages
December 2008
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In this Wrox Blox, you will learn how to use the Microsoft BDC Definition Editor tool effectively to create Application Definition Files (ADF). Business Data Catalog (BDC) is a SharePoint feature that allows users to access external data from within SharePoint. BDC offers an excellent way to integrate SharePoint with line-of-business (LOB) applicationsYou will also learn how to import ADF files into SharePoint. This Wrox Blox will cover the usage of business data columns in SharePoint lists. We will use the “Business Data List” Web Part to display records retrieved from an external data source. You will also learn how to integrate SharePoint with MySQL, the world’s most popular Open Source database. You can easily create complex LOB systems with the BDC Definition Editor tool and test the methods before exporting the settings to an XML file.

 

Table of Contents

Importing BDC Data into SharePoint 7

Working with the Business Data Column 10

SharePoint and MySQL 18

Using the BDC Application in SharePoint 26

A Few Issues with Microsoft Business Data Catalog Definition Editor 27

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Zeeshan Shafiq is an IT professional and has background in commerce. He has a degree in commerce and a diploma in computer applications. He has worked as a SharePoint administrator and lately he has been developing applications using SharePoint and Microsoft Office. He is an active member of SharePointPUG user group.

S. S. Ahmed is a senior IT professional and has over 9 years of experience.He works as a SharePoint consultant. He is a SharePoint MVP. He also has MCP and MCTS certifications. He has been writing technical articles since 1999. Ahmed has worked on several large-scale SharePoint development projects. Ahmed is the founder of SharePointPUG user group which is a member organization of Culminis and Ineta. Ahmed has been working with SharePoint technologies for the last 5 years.

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