Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New SDK, with a tool for BDC


A new MOSS SDK is available, and it comes with a free tool to create BDC definitions (is this the end of MetaMan? I wonder...).
The new tool is called "Business Data Catalog Definition Editor"

MSDN already have articles on how to use the tool with web services and other systems.

Installing requires you to install SQL server 2005, so don't install on your production server (duh!), and be prepared for some drastic changes to your system when you install on your dev box.

The good news is that it can be installed on windows XP, proving that Microsoft are listening to us developers, and to our gripes about developing on a server...

I tried installing by running the MSI directly, but that didn't work (didn't install the SQL express, and the installation failed when it couldn't find SQL express).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This tool is not ready for distribution!!! I have a view, that when dragged into the designer and select ok the editor crashes. If I add LOB first then try to add an entity it shows duplicate Identifiers and throws an error complaining about it. Where as BDC Meta man has no trouble with the view. I can find no help for this, but I find it hard to beleive I am the only one who has had this error