Enabling Users to Act on LOB Data with Business Data Catalog Actions
Summary: Learn how to enable your users to act on line-of-business data by using Business Data Catalog Actions.
Applies to: 2007 Microsoft Office System, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
John Peltonen, 3Sharp
The Business Data Catalog allows you to make Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 aware of your line-of-business (LOB) data. The Business Data Catalog exposes the data as read-only entities. However, users frequently need to act on, as well as look at, the exposed data. To help facilitate this, the Business Data Catalog provides Actions—parameterized URLs—in which the parameters are references to the various fields of the entity.
This Visual How To is designed to be used in conjunction with the Business Data Catalog metadata file created in Creating Business Data Catalog Entities in SharePoint Server 2007. If you do not have that metadata file handy, download it now. The following steps show you how to use Actions to enable your users to act on your LOB data.
To add the Sales Order entity to the metadata file
To increment the version number of the LOBSystem root element
To save and upload the completed metadata file into the Business Data Catalog shared service
To add a Business Data List Web Part to your site and send an e-mail Message
Business data entities are read-only. However, developers and administrators can still allow users to take action on Business Data Catalog data by using parameterized URLs, also known as business data Actions, to link entities to other forms of business logic hosted on the Web site. In our example, we sent an e-mail message by using a simple mailto: link. However, a more typical scenario would be to create a link to either a Web-hosted Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 form or to a custom ASPX page.
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