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is it possible to define an external contentType in code?
As an alternative: Is it possible to deploy an bdc-model using code (i.e. create the xml "on the fly" then deploy that using code)?

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For sure it is. Visual Studio 2010 has even a project item template for it. Have a look here http://troyscott.ca/2010/08/07/bdc-models-in-visual-studio-2010-for-sharepoint-foundation-server-2010/ for something to get you started.

The ECT gets created automatically by your BDC model upon solution deployment.

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but when that is said, it is MUCH easier to get the foundation for the code by using SharePoint Designer :-) (and that is just about the only thing that tool is useful for) –  Anders Rask Jun 4 '12 at 9:45
Thanks for the info, but is is possible to do this "in code"? I.e. not in a Solution/WSP? Or better can I do var bdcm = this.CreateBdcm(); this.InstallToFarm(bdcm);? –  Nils Jun 4 '12 at 9:50
what do you mean by "in code" this case, ECMA Javascript? - if your BDC model doesn't exist already on the farm, i don't see it as an easy task. You could create/deploy the model even via SPD (the easy way and no-code solution) and probably with a little effort you could create an instance of the ECT via ECMA script. Otherwise, the best way would be to deploy your model via .WSP –  C. Marius - MVP Jun 4 '12 at 10:00
with "in code" I mean using c# and sharepoint object model. –  Nils Jun 4 '12 at 10:49
You could use this msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff798311.aspx to create/export your BDC and then use either the UI, or PowerShell (e.g. c-sharpcorner.com/uploadfile/anavijai/…) or sharemuch.com/2010/02/02/…. Haven't tried by code but a similar as the Powershell should do it. –  C. Marius - MVP Jun 4 '12 at 20:30
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