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Using the SharePoint List UI to display (filter, sort, group)

  Asked By: Ariel    Date: Aug 27    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1633

I would like to use the SharePoint List UI/Web Part to display records from
a non-typical data source. Grouped views are especially important and I'm
trying to avoid writing a custom web part as we're done in the past (with
mixed results).

There are 2 sub scenarios: a) aggregating all of the records for a content
type across all of the lists and sites in a site collection and b) the data
from a non-SharePoint data store/data source.

The Content Query web part only works with MOSS and is kludgey/impossible
for non-technical people to use. The BDC web parts are an option (with a
custom web service) but the BDC list web part doesn't have the same view
capabilities as the SharePoint List web part.

There is no requirement to create new records or update existing records.

Questions

1. Are there any 3rd-party open source or commercial generic (data source
agnostic) ASP.NET controls or web parts that have equivalent functionality
to the SharePoint List web part?

2. Any (supported or unsupported) approaches to plugging in a data source
somewhere below the WSS object model or stored procedures?

3. Other thoughts?

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