How to create External List using console application in SharePoint 2010

In this article we will be seeing how to create an External list using a console application in SharePoint 2010.

Steps Involved:

  • Open visual studio 2010.

  • Go to File => New => Project.

  • Choose Console Application template.

  • Enter the Name as ExternalList and click OK.

  • Change the Target Framework and platform target as shown in this link.

  • Replace the Program.cs with the following code.

using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using System.Text; using Microsoft.SharePoint;

namespace ExternalList { class Program  { static void Main(string[] args) { using (SPSite site = new SPSite("http:// sharepoint2010:4040/"))  { using (SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb())   { string title="ExternalListTest"; string description="Creating External List through code"; SPListCollection listCollection = web.Lists; SPListTemplateCollection tempCollection = web.ListTemplates; SPListDataSource ds = new SPListDataSource();   ds.SetProperty("Entity", "Employee");   ds.SetProperty("EntityNamespace",                          

 "BdcModelUsingOracle.BdcModel1");   ds.SetProperty("LobSystemInstance", "BdcModel1");   ds.SetProperty("SpecificFinder", "ReadItem"); Guid gd = listCollection.Add(title, description, "", ds);   listCollection[gd].Update(); SPList list = web.Lists[title];   list.OnQuickLaunch = true;   list.Update(); Console.WriteLine("External List Created Successfully");   }  }  } } }

  • Open the SharePoint site http:// sharepoint2010:4040/ (the Url mentioned in the code).

  • You can see an External List as shown in the following.

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