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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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  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine Article: Building Government Business Applications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    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 wrote is titled Building Government Business Applications...
  • Blog Post: Debugging CRM web resources without ever deploying them

    One of my last posts was sharing how I use Visual Studio to debug CRM web resources: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devkeydet/archive/2013/06/19/eureka-f5-debugging-of-crm-javascript-web-resources.aspx This approach was one of those discoveries that makes us developer types get a little excited because it allows...
  • Blog Post: CROSS POST: Microsoft announces new CRM app store for government organizations and schools of all sizes

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

    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 from the menu or the Play Button on my toolbar just...
  • Blog Post: North 52 Formula Manager = WOW

    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.  Well, I finally got around to playing around...
  • Blog Post: Convergence 2013 Recordings

    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://blogs.msdn.com/b/girishr/archive/2013/04/17/watch...
  • Blog Post: CRM and SQL 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups

    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: Here is a link to the SQL documentation as well...
  • Blog Post: TOOL HIGHLIGHT: CRM 2011 Web Resource Linker/Publisher

    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 web resource authoring with a couple other free Visual...
  • Blog Post: Authenticating to an Azure hosted web service from CRM Online Sandbox code

    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 always evaluate whether your plugin logic can...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CRM Enterprise Academy

    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 is a 5-day instructor-led training which provides...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Convergence 2013

    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 ones like TechEd and //build/, but exclusively...
  • Blog Post: REMINDER: I constantly update my dev tips n tricks deck

    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 version. @devkeydet
  • Blog Post: Calling CRM from ASP.NET using impersonation to ActOnBehalfOf the logged in user

    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:   Another place this is often used is embedding external...
  • Blog Post: A primer in Extended CRM Development

    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 a blog post about it here . Like I say in the post...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Unit Testing Dynamics CRM Plugin and JavaScript code

    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 walkthrough of these two posts: http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: The new bulk API in Polaris/UR12

    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 of the improvements .  As you can see...
  • Blog Post: CRM, Accessibility, and 508

    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 years ago: http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/keydet...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online & Windows Azure Series

    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: Configuring Single Sign On (SSO) Improving the...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online & Windows Azure: Configuring Single Sign On (SSO)

    In this video, I walk you through how to configure Single Sign On (SSO) across CRM Online and Windows Azure using Visual Studio 2010.  My walkthrough is based on the Web Single Sign-On with .NET and Windows Azure Active Directory walkthrough, but adds the nuances of getting this working with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Improving perceived performance in a CRM form

    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-async-partialviews/ Once you understand the core concepts...
  • Blog Post: Getting a new CRM 2011 Organization ready for XRM

    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 even more time. UPDATE: I’ve modified the post...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio, ALM & Dynamics CRM

    UPDATE (17MAY2013): There’s now a whitepaper on the topic as well: ALM for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: CRM Solution Lifecycle Management NOTE: I’ve included related links to both Visual Studio 2010 & 2012 content.  Even thought the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM now supports Visual...
  • Blog Post: CRM Developer Toolkit & Visual Studio 2012

    One of the things I have been getting asked about lately is “When will the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM   support Visual Studio 2012?”  It already does!  Just go download the latest version of the SDK .  You’ll find a two installers for the toolkit.  One for Visual...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online & Windows Azure: Improving the SSO experience

    This is supposed to be one of a series of CRM Online & Windows Azure posts for which I have been building some samples.  While I really wanted to make this the second or third post, someone needed the explanation sooner, so this will be somewhat of a tease to the overall series. Scenario: I...
  • Blog Post: Enable IE10 spell check in a CRM 2011 form

    UPDATE: Yes, I am shamelessly promoting IE10 in this post, but this will work in any browser CRM that supports the spellcheck attribute. Now that Polaris/UR12 is out, CRM works with browsers like IE10 and others that support the spellcheck attribute of the <input/> and <textarea/> tags. ...
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