Development isn't easy, and nothing happens as quickly as people promise, but you can cut down on the headaches by following the 6 lessons these Share Point developers have learned about building BCS solutions.Have you ever attended a developer conference where a presenter said something like, "Watch, I'll create a sophisticated, full-featured application in the time it takes you to get a latte"?
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The next thing you know, you're being asked to create an advanced Business Connectivity Services (BCS) solution in a few days.
Hey, that's just the time it takes to get about 20 lattes, right?
Developing and deploying a working, production-level solution takes longer than a couple days.
If you're embarking on your first advanced BCS solution, you're liable to hit some roadblocks that aren't covered on any presentations about building a create, read, update, and delete (CRUD)-enabled, database-connected BCS solution in Share Point Designer (SPD) on a local machine.
This article explores some of the lessons that we had to learn when building advanced BCS code solutions.
We hope that these lessons -- along with the references to some fantastic developer documentation that you'll find within the article -- smooth your development effort.
In some cases, we provide solutions for our lessons learned.
In other cases, we point out limitations so that you're aware of them as you design your BCS solutions.
Most of our tips are based on our experience writing .
NET Connectivity solutions, but many are applicable to other types of BCS solutions.
There are several areas in which you might struggle with selecting and configuring authentication in BCS to access an external system.