Ok, so the title may be overly dramatic, but the BCS is really freaking cool now. With SharePoint 2010 just around the corner, now is the time to start learning how you can leverage it. I’ll be talking about the Business Connectivity Services at the Tulsa SharePoint Interest Group on 4/12. If you’re not familiar with everything yet, here is what has changed. The Business Data Catalog from MOSS 2007 had morphed into the new Business Connectivity Services also known as the BCS. To add to the confusion, there are places where you will still see term BDC lying around such as the case of the BDC entity model (although maybe the name has changed by now). With 2010, we get the ability to easily and quickly create new application definitions using SharePoint Designer 2010. On top of that the data we have abstracted through the BCS can be manipulated in something new called the external list. It’s so cool that in fact you can edit and do all CRUD operations on that external list and the changes get persisted to the backend database (or web service, etc). If you’re not familiar with the BCS yet, this is a must-see session.
If you are going to make it to the event, please RSVP. Thanks.