The Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 represents our integration with Visual Studio and is focused on accelerating the development of custom code solution components for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 solutions. Microsoft Dynamics CRM developers now have the ability to write all of their custom code from within Visual Studio by using native tools and then to automatically deploy that code to the CRM Service in the cloud or in their on-premises environment.
The Developer toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 was released as part of UR5 SDK release and is available for download here.
So what can you do with the Developer toolkit?
If you are familiar with VS and .NET code development, but have not dipped your feet into CRM extensibility, the toolkit would get you started in less than 10 minutes.
Enhancements from the CTP version that we released earlier this year include
The definitive source for all documentation related to the toolkit can be found here.
Native Visual Studio Integration
Plug-In Creation in 4 Steps
1. To initiate the process from the CRM Explorer window, right-click on the Entity, and then click Create Plug-in.
2. In the Create Plug-in dialog box, specify the appropriate Plug-in settings.
3. Add custom code.
4. Click on Build->Deploy menu action to build and deploy plug-in on the CRM Server.
5 If you need to edit the plug-in settings, you can do so from inside VS, notice the plugin that is part of the VS solution is highlighted.
Connect to CRM deployments seamlessly
Support for key CRM Web Resources including the Visual Studio Silverlight Application template
Familiar development surface for Dynamics CRM developers
Download and Feedback
The V1 release provides the opportunity for us to gather CRM Community feedback that we will use to provide future enhancements of the Toolkit. We look forward to your feedback and suggestions on the Toolkit and its accompanying documentation. Please provide your feedback via the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Connect site at: http://connect.microsoft.com/dynamicssuggestions (select Microsoft Dynamics CRM)
More Love for Developers
I would also like to mention two other tools we recently released to enable developer success with our platform:
Another great resource that has grabbed the interest of the product team is the “Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Development Resources” wiki page started by George Doubinski where you can find additional tools developed by the community.
What is coming next