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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Development Cookbook by Ed Musters

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External Content Types and Lists

In SharePoint, a Content Type for a SharePoint List is very similar to a Schema for a relational database table. So, you can think of an External Content Type as the schema (definition) for an external (outside of SharePoint) list. For example, properties, and data types.

External Content Types use a service application called Business Data Connectivity Services to perform the actual connection to the external data sources. You may see the acronyms BDC for Business Data Connectivity or BCS for Business Connectivity Services further in the chapter, which all mean the same thing from your perspective.

One of my favorite things about SharePoint 2010 is the brilliant simplicity of connecting to an external data source, ...

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