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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Business Connectivity Services Web Parts

Up until this point, all the functionality covered in this chapter is available with SharePoint Foundation 2010, the unlicensed version of SharePoint. The Enterprise version of Microsoft SharePoint Server offers some additional functionality.

Specifically, a set of Business Data web parts are available. These web parts provide a third way that BCS external content can be consumed in SharePoint and can be useful for building dashboard pages.

Consider, for example, a Customer Details page, which would show profile information—Name, Phone Number, Company, and Email Address—about the customer in one web part. Another web part could show recent orders—including Order Date, Total Amount, and Order Status. A ...

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