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Microsoft® Access® 2010 Inside Out by Jeff Conrad and John Viescas

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Working with BDC Model Definition Files

Now that you have a better understanding of XML, let’s look at the basic XML file structure of a BDC model definition file at a high level. Listed here is an example of a BDC model definition file:

<Model>
 <LobSystems/>
  <LobSystem>
   <LobSystemInstances/>
    <Entities>
     <Entity>
      <Methods>
       <Method>
        <Parameters/>
        <MethodInstances/>
       </Method>
      </Methods>
     </Entity>
    </Entities>
  </LobSystem>
 </LobSystems>
</Model>

A LOBSystem, short for line-of-business system, in the XML document loosely correlates to a single data source, such as Amazon web service or an SQL database. LOBSystems contain properties that describe how to connect to and authenticate the data source. Within a LOB-System, there are multiple entities, each ...

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