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SQL table rendered via SharePoint

Kurt Delbene, VP of the Microsoft Office Business Platform Group, gave a keynote yesterday at the Office Developer Conference (“ODC”) 2008 and said something I thought was interesting.  He said that the next version of SharePoint will allow developers to display straight SQL tables directly in SharePoint.

The simple list types will not go away but will simply serve as another means to display information from SQL into SharePoint.

He said that SQL 2008 that is shipping in February already has the architecture built in to support this.

 It will be interesting to see how this plays out when SharePoint 12 arrives.


February 12, 2008 - Posted by | SharePoint


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  2. Hi,
    I was looking around for a way if it was possible (I am a novice at Sharepoint, but have developed it out more than most small busineses) to display SQL tables within Sharepoint. It sounds like we have to wait? (2008) Am I out of touch and an upgrade would get me there?
    Robert Parker

    Comment by Robert arker | September 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Robert, there is no confirmation that SharePoint 2010 (WSS 4.0) will support direct SQL access out of the box via a list. We will have to wait to see if they announce anything about this in October. Today, if you have MOSS, you can use the Business Data Catalog (BDC) to expose back-end systems, such as SQL, to SharePoint lists.


      Paul Liebrand

      Comment by Paul Liebrand | September 11, 2009 | Reply

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