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BCS Meta Man 2010 and 2013

Check Build External Content Types for Oracle, ODBC, WCF, Salesforce, Dynamics CRM, OData and Microsoft SQL without code.

Using BCS Meta Man, you can generate External Content Types for SharePoint 2010 or 2013 without writing any code. Simply drag and drop the Tables, Views and Stored Procedures onto the design surface and set some properties.

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Don’t be fooled by 3rd party custom lists that can connect to multiple data sources. Business Connectivity Services provides so much more including Business Data Columns, Search, User Profile Import, Business Data Web Parts, Office Integration, and External Lists.

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Video: Connect to External Data Sources and generate the External Content Type.

Within this twelve minute video, we connect to OData and Microsoft SQL, build two Entities and set the Finder, Specific Finder, Creator, Updater and Deleter methods. Limit Filter, and custom actions can also be set within the tool.

BCS Meta Man for SharePoint

Connect to Oracle, Salesforce, Dynamics and more without Code

Multiple data sources are supported with Meta Man enabling you to connect to Microsoft SQL Server, Salesforce, Dynamics CRM, Oracle, OData, Informix, MySQL, DB2, DBase and more ODBC data sources without having to write any code. Simply select your data source, set your authentication options, drag the tables you wish to connect to and configure your external content type. The complete bdc model file is generated from start to finish in just a few minutes. Writing a bdc model file by hand will take an experienced developer at least a day and longer for the inexperienced.


Create External Content Type

Build methods on each External Content Type

Once you have chosen your external data source, simply drag the table to the design surface and begin to configure your external content type. Select your Finder, Specific Finder, ID Enumerator, Creator, Updater and Deleter methods, click generate, and you’re done!








Create AssociationBuild Associations using Drag and Drop

Associations enable you to show your external data using Business Data Lists and Business Data Related List web parts. Your data relationships can also be shown in profile pages and also BDC item picker dialog boxes.

Simply drag the association between the two external content types.

In addition, create filters, methods and custom actions in just a few clicks.

BCS Meta Man v SharePoint Designer v Visual Studio.NET

Feature BCS Meta Man
SharePoint Designer
Visual Studio SharePoint Tools
Connect to SQL without code Check Check Cross
Connect to Oracle without code Check Cross Cross
Connect to ODBC Data Sources without Code Check Cross Cross
Connect to Dynamics CRM Online without Code Check Cross Cross
Connect to Salesforce Data Sources without Code Check Cross Cross
Connect to WCF Service without Code Check Check Cross
Generate .NET Assembly External Content Type Check Cross Check
Build Associations Using Drag/Drop Check Cross Cross
Build Filters without code Check Check Cross
Build Associated ECTs in one model Check Cross Cross
Build Custom Actions without code Check Check Cross