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
  • 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

  • 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

    • 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.

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:

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

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.


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