Walkthrough: Sample Web Service

The Business Data Catalog provides built-in support for displaying data from databases and Web services. That is, you can use the Business Data Catalog to display data from your SAP, Siebel, or other line-of-business (LOB) application via Web services or databases.

Using the Business Data Catalog to work with database systems is fairly straightforward:

  1. Model the system by using database tables, whose structure is typically easy to interpret.

  2. Determine the primary keys that will be the identifiers for the entities.

  3. Based on entity relationships, determine the associations.

Modeling systems that use Web services, however, can be quite complex. You are dependant on methods that are provided by the Web service. The Sample Web Service walkthrough is designed to assist you, by walking you through a Web service system to demonstrate several complex concepts related to using the Business Data Catalog to model systems that use Web services.


Before proceeding with the walkthrough steps, do the following:

  1. Download the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK, which includes the Sample Web Service (OfficeServerSDK.exe).

  2. Set up the Sample Web Service on a Web server.

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