Must have tools for BCS development
Creating a BCS model and external list with SharePoint Designer 2010 makes things a breeze: just few clicks and we are done, but this typically does not work in development environment. Why? Simply because we need to package this up, and to package this up, we need to be able to extract the BCS artifacts into a Visual Studio solution.
Well, lucky that there are tools for that, check out this blog post by Russell Palmer. These tools are: