Calendar Plus Web Part 4.5 User’s Guide, Part 6: How to Use Microsoft Business Connectivity Services to Integrate External Applications

Calendar Plus Web Part has long been an indispensable tool (and a bestseller), with which you can display events and tasks on a calendar from various data sources, such as SharePoint lists, List Rollup, SQL databases, and BDC/BCS. With our latest release, Calendar Plus Web Part 4.5, we’ve included a host of new features such as Runtime Filter View for multiple lists; more columns available to select for filtering; the ability to sort in Gantt view; and the
ability to dynamically filter calendars using Web Part Connections and List Filter Web Part.

To help celebrate the release of Calendar Plus Web Part 4.5, we have put together a brand-new series that will walk you through how to use the product’s newest and most popular features.  Here in Part 6, we will show you how to integrate external applications into the Calendar Plus Web Part with Microsoft Business Connectivity Services.

In the Calendar Plus Web Part Settings menu, click on Data Source Type under the heading Data Source Settings.

From there, click on the radio button next to Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS):

Steps 1 and 2

Select either the Microsoft BDC or MashPoint Application Name that has already been configured on your server.  In this example, we’ve selected BDC.

Step 3 – Base Columns

The Base Columns represent the data which will be displayed on the Web Part.  Under Step 4, input the following data, as applicable to your List or Library:

  • Item Display Column: Select the data type which will be displayed for items in calendar views (e.g., Title).
  • Start Date: Select the start date column type in the list or library which will be displayed for items in calendar views (e.g., Start Time).
  • End Date: Select the end date column type in the list or library which will be displayed for items in calendar views (e.g., End Time).

Step 4 – Filter Data

Under Step 5, you will configure the filtering settings for your calendar. Your options include the ability to Show all items and Specify Filter Conditions.

  • Show All Items: Display all items from your view (in this example, HW20_CalenPlus) on the Web Part:
  • Specify Filter Conditions: Select one or more columns to filter. With this option, you can add additional conditions, defining how each condition is joined using the And and Or operand options.
    • For example, if you select ‘MNV’, ‘is equal to’, ‘NV01’ Or ‘Number’, ‘is greater than’ ’30,’ then the Calendar will display items which have ‘MNV’ listed as ‘NV01,’ or items which have a ‘Number’ that is greater than ’30’.
    • After you have finished entering your desired settings and filters, click Save and Close > Apply > OK.
    • Navigate to the Calendar Plus Web Part to view your calendar with the filters set above.

Step 6 – Columns to Display in Item Tooltip

You can select columns from Available Columns to display on the tooltip.

After you have selected your desired columns, click Save and Close > Apply > OK.

Navigate to the Calendar Plus Web Part.  You will see that your calendar now has the tooltip you selected above displayed:

Step 7 – Column for Description

 Select a column which will be displayed in Work Week and Day views (e.g., Description).

Once you have finished with Step 7, click Save & Close on the Calendar Plus Web Part Settings window.

Next, click Apply, and then OK on the Web Part Tool Pane.  Your List Rollup Data View will now be displayed on the Calendar Plus Web Part.

Want more Calendar Plus Web Part 4.5?  Download a free 30-day trial today, and check out the rest of our User’s Guide series:

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