In this Wrox Blox, you will learn how to use the Microsoft BDC Definition Editor tool effectively to create Application Definition Files (ADF). Business Data Catalog (BDC) is a SharePoint feature that allows users to access external data from within SharePoint. BDC offers an excellent way to integrate SharePoint with line-of-business (LOB) applicationsYou will also learn how to import ADF files into SharePoint. This Wrox Blox will cover the usage of business data columns in SharePoint lists. We will use the “Business Data List” Web Part to display records retrieved from an external data source. You will also learn how to integrate SharePoint with MySQL, the world’s most popular Open Source database. You can easily create complex LOB systems with the BDC Definition Editor tool and test the methods before exporting the settings to an XML file.
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