How to Write-Back Existing Records with BDLC
Business Data List Connector for SharePoint solves many issues that
still exist with SharePoint out-of-the-box external data integration. It makes
it as easy as possible to connect native SharePoint lists to almost any external
data source, codeless and bi-directional. All native SharePoint list features
are available for the connected list.
Usually, the BDLC is used to fill and
synchronize external data into SharePoint, but there are scenarios where you
want to synchronize an already existing list into an external data store.
This is now possible, but only through the API or a special link targeting
the BDLC update page to prevent inadvertent usage.
Note: You have to use version 184.108.40.206 or newer to use this
feature. Be also aware that this feature is intended for one-off and special
use-cases on a list. It is NOT recommended that you use this on a regular basis
on a single list.
Please note the following requirements and hints for this feature:
- Use of a BDLC primary key is mandatory.
- BDLC needs a fully configured table as external source. It will only fill
records that match (a) the given primary key and (b) the mapped columns. BDLC
cannot create an appropriate table in the data source.
- Best practice is to use a new and empty table as data source.
- If data is present in the data source, BDLC will overwrite matching records
with the SharePoint record. Non-matching external records will not be
- This feature is meant as a tool to update or migrate SharePoint data once to
an external table. It should not be used regularly on the same list; after the
initial update, you should be able to use the normal write-back feature.
- The table in your connected data source cannot have automated keys like auto
increment or IDENTITY, if that column is mapped to a SharePoint column.
Here is how the link should look like:
Make sure to replace the placeholders (sites, yoursite, etc.) with
appropriate values. yourListId is the ID (Guid) of the BDLC connected list,
yourWebId the ID of the SharePoint site hosting this list.
When you are programmatically calling BDLC functions, here is how to
public static string
var logic = new BusinessDataListConnectorLogic();
Please refer to the BDLC Programming Guide for detailed instructions how to
include BDLC API in your project.