Leveraging Windows Azure WCF Services to Connect BCS with SharePoint Online

Introduction You might have read an earlier post of mine where I discussed the new Business Connectivity Services (BCS) functionality in SharePoint Online (SP-O) and walked through how you can leverage jQuery and JavaScript to interact with an external list in SharePoint Online. This blog post assumed that you had created an external list in the first place and provided you with some code snippets to create a view of an external list. Since that time, a great post from Christian Glessner popped up that shows you how you can walk through creating an external list using SQL Azure.

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Leveraging Windows Azure WCF Services to Connect BCS with SharePoint Online

What is Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 is a way to use the cloud to make your business documents available whenever, wherever you need them. And it’s secure. Office 365 is a collection of programs and services for sending email, storing documents, and collaborating online

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What is Office 365?

A Professional Developer’s Intro to the Office Development Platform

Thanks to everyone attended my sessions at Tech Ed North America and at SharePoint TechFest. It was a lot of fun and everyone had great questions. This type of session is a challenge due to the plethora of overlapping technologies involved.  Hopefully, the session did as advertised:

 

Provide an understanding of the developer technologies provided by the Office platform and explain when to use each technology.

You will leave here with an understanding of when to use Office technologies like Open XML, VSTO, SharePoint Document Services (Word, Excel, Visio), SharePoint REST API & Client Object Model, Business Connectivity Services, etc., and how to build them.

I have attached the slide deck and the demo code to this post. As a I mentioned at the beginning of the session, the MSDN Office Developer Map is a great place to go to find content related to any Office Development task. Here is the link:

http://bit.ly/OfficeDevMap

The session deck has even more links and I’ll post a ton of material so be sure and check those out as well.

 

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Object Model Considerations for Protected View in Word 2010

I got some great questions recently about macros and Protected View in Word 2010, and thought I'd write something up to help anyone else who's looking at this issue – enjoy!   Word 2010 includes enhancements to security, one of which is the inclusion of a Protected View used when opening files from untrusted sources (e.g.

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Updated SharePoint 2010 SDK Now Available for Download

The SharePoint 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK) has been updated! Get it here: Download from the Microsoft Download Center Tips: Installing and Using the SharePoint 2010 SDK Download What’s New in this SDK Update We are excited to announce the latest quarterly update of the SDK for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. This free update replaces previous 2010 versions of the SDK and includes the following: New code samples:   Silverlight List Viewer, plus new samples in Business Connectivity Services (BCS), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), and User Profiles and Social Data Updated documentation , including: new and updated How To, reference , and conceptual content Updated IntelliSense XML files for tooltips and auto-complete in Visual Studio Here are two MSDN topics listing new and updated content and code samples in the AUG2010 version of the SDK (14.0.4763.1031): What’s New in the SDK for SharePoint Foundation 2010 What’s New in the SDK for SharePoint Server 2010 A complete listing and description of the 44 code samples currently available in the SDK can be found here on MSDN Code Gallery: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/sp2010sdk .

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SharePoint 2010 Governance Planning

This white paper focuses on the “front end” of the SharePoint environment – the business aspect of governance – the areas that impact business users.

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SharePoint 2010 Governance Planning

SharePoint 2010 Developer RTM training Kit

Paul in the team has just published the RTM versions of the SharePoint 2010 Developer training Kit(offline version) and the SharePoint 2010 Developer Training Course on Channel9. The course and kit include Presentations, Hands-On Labs, Demos and Instructor Videos of the Metro SharePoint 2010 Developer Training Course. The topics covered are outlined in the table below

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SharePoint 2010 Developer RTM training Kit

Power Tip: Become an early Business Intelligence adopter or fall behind

Today’s guest blogger is Access MVP Garry Robinson, who offers the Smart Access collection of articles at http://www.vb123.com/kb . Excel 2010 is coming and your boss and peers might soon start asking questions about Business Intelligence and Data Mining. This leaves the Access professional looking a little behind the times unless you adapt to this new area.

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Power Tip: Become an early Business Intelligence adopter or fall behind

Video: Connecting to a .NET Framework Source Using Business Connectivity Services in Office 2010

Watch this visual how-to video as you learn to create an Office 2010 Business Connectivity Services External Content Type based on a .NET Framework source. Author: Joel Krist (MVP)

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SharePoint 2010 Platform Differentiation

There are many vendors that claim to have an enterprise collaboration platform. So what differentiates SharePoint? Each vendor can defend their features, their interoperability investments and developer stack.

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SharePoint 2010 Platform Differentiation