What's the best approach for reading data from external SQL database?

  • build web services and call it in web part
  • using ado.net and read data directly in web part
  • using external list and read data from external list in web part.

I have a table with 1000000 records in SQL database

  • How will the data be displayed? All records with paging? One at a time? Sep 17, 2018 at 16:24
  • Doesn't matter, the main concern is the performance
    – Arul kumar
    Nov 2, 2018 at 18:00

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In SharePoint, we can use Business Connectivity Services (BCS) to achieve it.

1.Using SharePoint Designer create BCS External Content Type.

2.Using SharePoint Designer create Add/Edit/Delete operations metadata.

3.Using SharePoint Designer create Lists & Form.

4.Using Central Administration set Permissions for external Content Type.


BCS - External Database and Add/Edit/Delete Operations

Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint

  • Thank you, I asked to select the best option , please read my question again,
    – Arul kumar
    Nov 2, 2018 at 17:59
  • I suggest you use BCS to access date from external database.
    – LZ_MSFT
    Nov 5, 2018 at 1:22
  • Is bcs can Handel million records?
    – Arul kumar
    Nov 16, 2018 at 0:41

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