Custom properties and SharePoint 2010 BDC Models in Visual Studio
January 20th, 2011
The Business Data Connectivity (BCS) Service in SharePoint 2010 is one of the features which routinely shows me some serious value and reward. Working with external line-of-business (LOB) application data in MOSS 2007 wasn’t the most straightforward development task with one of the biggest constraints (in this developer’s opinion) being the lack of tooling. Microsoft has more than made [...]
How To Consume WCF in a Web Part Without Touching The Web.config File
January 10th, 2011
On a recent project, your humble narrator recently found himself needing to harvest some data from a WCF service for display in that most common of SharePoint development scenarios, the custom Web Part. It quickly dawned upon my tiny intellect, however, that in a Web Part project, there is no config file in which to define the bindings and endpoints required by a Service Reference. What, then, was an enterprising young Web Part developer cum WCF consumer to do?