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UR12 improves onchange event behavior of checkbox control
Raise your hand if you've formatted a two-option field on a Dynamics CRM entity form as a checkbox. Keep it raised if you've implemented client-side form logic triggered by changes to that field. Now, start waving your hand wildly if you've overridden the onclick event to invoke your logic immediately...
24 Jun 2013
Code Review: Refactored Handling of Plug-in Pre-Image Attribute Values
During a recent Dynamics CRM 2011 code review engagement, I noticed a pattern being implemented repeatedly throughout the customer's plug-in library. This library was in desperate need of a refactor in the form of a method that encapsulated the repeated pattern. In my assessment report, I provided them...
18 Apr 2013
Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK Query Limitations by API
*UPDATE: In the table below, LINQ was incorrectly marked with no support for LEFT OUTER JOIN whereas the provider does support it as documented here . The LINQ column has been updated to correctly reflect support for this type of table join. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK provides a flexible...
14 Jan 2013
Optimize CRM 2011 Service Channel allocation for multi-threaded processes using .NET Task Parallel Library (TPL) and a thread-local service proxy
The latest release of the Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK (v5.0.12) provides new guidance on improving service channel allocation performance. This guidance builds upon a previous recommendation to cache your references to service proxy objects such as OrganizationServiceProxy . While this recommendation still...
7 Sep 2012
How to Increase the 50 Record Page Limit on OData Retrieve Responses for Dynamics CRM 2011
An inherent limitation placed on retrieving data via CRM 2011’s OData endpoint (OrganizationData.svc) is that the response can only include up to a maximum of 50 records ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg334767.aspx#BKMK_limitsOnNumberOfRecords_ ). For the most part, this does not impact your...
16 Mar 2012
Using a Console App to Fire a CRM 2011 Workflow
I'm not a developer - don't even play one on TV - but sometimes our internal CRM implementation needs some functionality and I'm able to cobble enough code from other places to make something work. Since I hadn't seen anything out there for this particular use case, I thought it was worthwhile to share...
26 Jan 2012
Building Multi-Purpose Silverlight Web Resources in Dynamics CRM 2011
A powerful point of extensibility in Dynamics CRM 2011, is the ability to build a library of re-usable Web Resources of varying content type and declaratively introduce those resources in various parts of the native interface to extend the presentation layer. The web resource approach to extending the...
19 Jan 2012
How to Create a Silverlight Web Resource that Interacts with CRM 2011 Forms
Scenario: The CRM users need the ability to retrieve, update, and Save form data from within a custom page on the CRM Form. To accomplish this request we will be developing a Silverlight Web Resource. The Silverlight Web Resource will be displayed on the CRM form to provide the user interface...
23 Jun 2011
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Contact Entry Website using Early-Bound entity Classes.
I had posted a blog article on developing a custom website using the Late-Bound Entity Class. This will use a similar project, but with the Early-Bound entity Classes. One benefit of using Early bound types is that IntelliSense will now work when working with CRM entities. This is similar to how the...
3 Jun 2011
How to Create a Simple Webpage Leveraging The CRM 2011 IOrganizationService Web Service
Recently I have received a lot of questions about how to get started in developing against CRM 2011. The SDK provides many different examples and helper classes which can be reused to save some time when developing applications. For someone new at developing for CRM, the robust SDK examples may be more...
18 May 2011
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