It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
In the previous chapter, we built our functional technical knowledge in SharePoint 2010 development by showing how we can connect to external systems directly from within SharePoint. This technique will become helpful in our blended solution chapters later in the book.
In this chapter, we will examine connectivity from the other perspective: connecting to SharePoint 2010 data from outside the SharePoint application. The SharePoint 2010 methods that enable this are known as the client object model.
The client object model consists primarily of two separate technologies:
A model for connecting ...