Gold Coast

Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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    A government cloud for Dynamics CRM Online

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    I’m happy to share that Curt Kolcun , Vice President, U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, has just blogged some great news!  Check it out: http://bit.ly/1qVtfn5 @devkeydet
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    Doing CSS the right way with Dynamics CRM

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    One of a few practices I see when people customize Dynamics CRM that usually comes back to haunt them during update rollups or upgrades is directly referencing the CSS files and classes that come with the product.  It’s an innocent enough mistake...
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    Capturing a signature in a CRM form using html5

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    Scenario: “I have a touchscreen.  I want to capture a signature in a Dynamics CRM form.  If the signature hasn’t been saved, then I want to allow a user to provide their signature.  The next time the record is loaded, after the signature...
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    Tools to make sure you are writing upgradeable CRM customizations

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    With the release of CRM 2011 UR12, which introduced cross browser support, and the release of CRM 2013, there were two tools made available to you to check both your JavaScript code and your server side code for unsupported customizations: Microsoft Dynamics...
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    MSDN Magazine Article: Building Government Business Applications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    I happy to share that the article Andy Schultz ( @andrewbschultz ) and I coauthored for the MSDN Magazine – Special Government Issue,  Oct 2013 has been published.  You can read the entire issue here: http://aka.ms/msdnmaggov The article we...
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    Debugging CRM web resources without ever deploying them

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    UPDATE: The steps explained below don't work with CRM 2013. However, Scott has a blog post which shows you how to get it working again: http://develop1.net/public/post/Fiddler2-The-tool-that-gives-you-Superpowers-Part-2.aspx One of my last posts...
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    CROSS POST: Microsoft announces new CRM app store for government organizations and schools of all sizes

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    http://www.microsoft.com/government/ww/public-services/blog/Pages/post.aspx?postID=323&aID=101
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    EUREKA: F5 debugging of CRM JavaScript web resources

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    Scenario: “Internet Explorer F12 JavaScript debugger is great, but I use Visual Studio.  I want to be able to set breakpoints in my JavaScript web resources which I author in Visual Studio, then hit F5 on the keyboard or Debug->Start Debugging...
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    North 52 Formula Manager = WOW

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    DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion.  I get nothing from the makers of this addon for expressing my opinion.  I’m a developer at heart.  I love writing code.  But I also abelieve in the “don’t write code unless you have to” philosophy. ...
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    Convergence 2013 Recordings

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    As Girish says in his post: “If you didn’t attend Convergence 2013, you can still watch the recording of the keynotes and breakout sessions by registering for the Virtual Convergence. Best part is that it is completely free!” More details here: http:...
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    CRM and SQL 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups

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    I’ve spent a fair amount of time lately talking to people about the benefits of using SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups in your CRM infrastructure.  I just came across a great video that’s a great primer on AlwaysOn Availability Groups...
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    TOOL HIGHLIGHT: CRM 2011 Web Resource Linker/Publisher

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    I’ve blogged previously about why I like the approach CRM Solution Manager uses for authoring web resources in Visual Studio.  While I think CRM Solution Manager is a fantastic tool, there are ways to get some of the benefits of it’s approach to...
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    Authenticating to an Azure hosted web service from CRM Online Sandbox code

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    UPDATE (14MAR2013): Uploaded a modified sample which addresses storing credentials in secure config and adds comments around how to encrypt those credentials.  While I show a synchronous plugin in the demo for simplicity of the walkthrough, you should...
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    Microsoft CRM Enterprise Academy

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    I work with enterprise customers and have been involved in a number of enterprise implementations of Dynamics CRM.  One of the #1 things I get asked all the time is “where is the enterprise CRM training?”  The Microsoft CRM Enterprise Academy...
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    Virtual Convergence 2013

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    Two days ago, the Convergence team announced Virtual Convergence 2013: https://twitter.com/MSFTConvergence/status/310740576477782016 If you aren’t familiar with Convergence, it is similar to the likes of past technical conferences like PDC/MIX or current...
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    REMINDER: I constantly update my dev tips n tricks deck

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    I’ve been tweaking my tips n tricks deck over the last few months based on new findings, thoughts, etc.  Just wanted to remind people to reference the skydrive version vs. downloading it and saving it locally.  That way you always see the latest...
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    Calling CRM from ASP.NET using impersonation to ActOnBehalfOf the logged in user

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    Sometimes you need to run ASP.NET code outside of Dynamics CRM to achieve your goals.  This usually manifests itself either as a page embedded in CRMs main content area which is accessible via a link in the sitemap similar to the following:  ...
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    A primer in Extended CRM Development

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    UPDATE (06MAY2013): If you like the idea of implementing more functionality using point and click configuration (like in Part II) without having to write code (like in Part III), then you might want to have a look at North 52 Formula Manager . I have...
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    WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Unit Testing Dynamics CRM Plugin and JavaScript code

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    Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation on Unit Testing Dynamics CRM Plugin and JavaScript code hosted by http://www.xrmvirtual.com/ .  I’ll update this post when the recording is available.  However, the webcast was basically a shortened...
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    The new bulk API in Polaris/UR12

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    If you haven’t heard, CRM Online has completed the Polaris rollout and UR12 is available .  With it comes a new bulk API which makes programmatic data import into Dynamics CRM 2011 faster.  Check out Sonoma Partners blog post on a simple benchmark...
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    CRM, Accessibility, and 508

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    I’ve spent many a time having accessibility and 508 compliance discussions with customers and partners over the years working at Microsoft and focusing on various web based technologies.  In fact, it’s hard to believe I recorded this video over seven...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure Series

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    I’ve been working with a few CRM Online customers on some advanced scenarios which require using Windows Azure as part of their overall solution.  As a result, I will be publishing series of blog posts and samples which walk you through the following...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure: Configuring Single Sign On (SSO)

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    NOTE: While these instructions may work, they are fairly old. If you are using Visual Studio 2013, there's a much quicker way to accomplish the same end goal. See: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/videos/azure-identity-application-to-authenticate...
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    Improving perceived performance in a CRM form

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    In general web development, there are useful patterns to improving the perceived performance in a web page.  A great example is this blog post: http://blog.michaelckennedy.net/2012/11/13/improve-perceived-performance-of-asp-net-mvc-websites-with...
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    Getting a new CRM 2011 Organization ready for XRM

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    EVEN BETTER UPDATE!!!: Nick incorporated this into an addin for Tanguy’s awesome XrmToolbox .  I’d still recommend you read the post to understand how this all works.  Also, if you are OnPrem, then the last paragraph of this post will save you...
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