BCS Meta Man Visual Studio Edition generates the code required to connect to many different data sources for Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010. If you are using SharePoint 2013 or Office 365, please check out BCS Meta Man Windows Edition
Business Connectivity Services for Visual Studio provides developers the opportunity to build reliable and fast connections to their external data sources. BCS Meta Man for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio 2010 add-in that provides generated External Content Types as .NET Assemblies or BDC Model files in just a few minutes. BCS Meta Man for Visual Studio supports:
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Oracle Databases
- ODBC Databases
- WCF Services
- Classic Web Services
BCS Meta Man for Visual Studio allows for a more intuitive interface than SharePoint Designer offering hundreds of external data sources to connect to without code.
Lightning Tools also provides a SharePoint Chart web part than can be used in conjunction with External Data from BCS.