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Inside Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 by Andrew Connell Ted Pattison Scot Hillier, and David Mann

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Chapter 9. Accessing Data in Lists

Microsoft SharePoint lists are intended to be viewed and edited by users. In many SharePoint solutions, however, they also act as a data source supporting create, read, update, delete, and query (CRUDQ) operations. Support for direct editing by users and programmatic access for CRUDQ operations makes SharePoint lists a unique type of data source; they act like a bound data grid and a database table all at the same time.

The dual nature of lists means that careful consideration must be given to how they are used in a SharePoint solution. While lists support CRUDQ operations, they really aren’t database tables and should not be used when the power of a database is required. Furthermore, the out-of-the-box interface ...

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