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Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 1st Edition

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Learn to use BCS as the vital data layer for SharePoint solutions

Because Business Connectivity Services offers an integration layer capable of connecting SharePoint to External Data, developers should now consider it as the primary pattern for developing applications in SharePoint. If your SharePoint solution needs data storage with capabilities beyond those of a standard list, BCS enables you to craft a solution that offers enterprise search, SharePoint UI and user profile integration, and Microsoft Office integration with off-line support. This book presents the power and capabilities of BCS plus the guidance to use them in custom application development.

Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010:

  • Provides an overview of BCS, its relationship to other components of SharePoint, and its role in the business environment

  • Explains integration points for BCS solutions with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010

  • Shows how to create custom solutions using server-side and client-side object models

  • Covers development and application of connectors in Visual Studio® 2010

  • Examines security in BCS solutions, including both classic and claims mode considerations for SharePoint 2010

  • Demonstrates how to create solutions that use enterprise search with External Systems

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About the Author

Scot Hillier is an independent consultant and Microsoft MVP who creates solutions for information workers using SharePoint, Office, and related .NET technologies. He is the author of ten books on Microsoft technologies.

Brad Stevenson is a senior lead program manager at Microsoft, where his involvement with SharePoint dates to the 2003 release. He has spoken at various conferences on connecting SharePoint to external data.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047061790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470617908
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Jones on June 27, 2011
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This book is, at this point, the only one of its kind but its very difficult to follow in my opinion. When discussing how to create connectors a lot is left out I assume to force the reader to fill in the holes as they learn what they are doing but aren't we reading this book to actually learn how BCS works? Again, I applaud the others because this book provides phenomenal information on the topic but its a sub par learning tool if you would like to be shown straight forward basic techniques that walk you through the process. There is a lot of information on Office 2010 connecting to BCS which was not my goal for buying the book so at this point I pretty much skipped 1/3 of the book. I wanted to learn in depth development of BCS from .NET developers perspective and towards the end of the book they eventually get there but I expected that to be the majority of the book which is was not. I learned more about actually creating a BCS connector using Sharepoint 2010 Development with Visual Studio 2010.
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Having other books by Scot Hillier, I had high expectations for this book and it blew those away. I teach SharePoint 2010 development and have found that one of the more challenging subjects to find details on. This book covers every single aspect of Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in SharePoint 2010. It starts out with a good discussion explaining the need and how it addresses the common challenges we face. It then goes into the details of how to implement and use custom BCS solutions using SharePoint Designer 2010. Scot and Brad then go on to show you how to connect BCS solutions with Office 2010 as well as how to build custom solutions that are deployed to Office 2010. I had no idea SharePoint Workspace 2010 had a extensibilty story! Finally they go into a deep walkthrough on building custom solutions using the .NET Assembly Connector & custom connectors. All in all, this is a fantastic resource I'd highly recommend to everyone doing SharePoint development.
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When I got this book I was very excited as I knew my current role would be very heavy in BCS related development. Sadly this book did not provide me with the material I needed. It does contain a lot of useful information, but the vast majority relates to the creation of MS Office-based solutions for which SharePoint 2010 Enterprise is a prerequisite. The introductory section on the architecture of and need for BCS is pretty good but there are some exceptionally basic things missing. Just to name a few, here are my gripes:

1. The section titled _Advanced Code-Based Solution_ explaining the creation of an External Content Type in code is an 8 paragraph (several of which are no longer than 2 sentences) explanation of the types of content types you can create via code. No example, no demo. The only example given for creating an ECT is via Designer. When I actually had to create an ECT via code I opened this book only to be disappointed. Sadly the examples online were also of minimal help so I ended up having to create the ECT via Designer and exporting it for the sake of version control.

2. Since there is no example of ECTs in code there is also no example of an External List definition in code.

3. Since the above items are lacking there is also no discussion of creating an External Data Column within a SharePoint list in code. This process is quite distinct from creating a normal SPLookupField and I would really expect that to be covered.

These things strike me as 3 of the most basic concerns for SharePoint developers around BCS and are applicable to all editions of SharePoint 2010 from foundation on up. I'm quite surprised they were not covered at all.
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This book has not made it to my bookshelf because I refer to it for so many different applications I keep it on my desk. The thorough treatment of the subject and the authors' experience shine through in every chapter. The solutions presented are easy to understand and relevant. For end users the details on BCS and using SharePoint Designer are immediately relevant for creating business solutions without "code". For developers the sections on Connectors and Enterprise Search cover material not found anywhere else. (For me, the material on custom connectors alone was well worth the price of the book.) Simply put, if you are doing any work with SharePoint BCS you need this book.
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