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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UPDATED SAMPLE: CRM 2011 Windows Store App OData helper
I worked with a partner, EastBanc Technologies , who used the approach I blogged about here and here to build a Windows Store App for a Dynamics CRM solution. The folks at EastBanc Technologies found some bugs. We worked together to fix the bugs and they were gracious enough to let me share...
17 Sep 2012
UPDATED SAMPLE: CRM 2011 Metro style OData helper
I’ve updated the sample I started here by implementing Create Update and Delete methods. The library is still not complete or well tested, but it is at least a head start to building a CRUD capable Windows 8 Metro style application using the CRM 2011 OData (aka Organization Data) service. ...
17 Jun 2012
CRM 2011, OData and datajs
UPDATE: FALSE ALARM about batch updates. Turns out the CRM 2011 OData service doesn’t support batch updates . I just assumed it did because I’ve written .NET/Silverlight clients against the CRM 2011 OData service using a derived DataServiceContext. DataServiceContext based contexts...
14 Jun 2012
Using the CRM 2011 OData service from a Metro style app
UPDATE: Fixed a few bugs in the downloadable sample including one where it wouldn’t work in Office 365 based CRM Online subscriptions. Edited some text in the post for clarity. UPDATE2: Added some text about how to get this working for Windows Authentication. UPDATE3: I've just blogged about...
10 Jun 2012
SAMPLE: Editable grid for CRM 2011 using jqGrid
17 Mar 2012
Displaying a lookup as a dropdown in a CRM 2011 form
UPDATE (04JUN2013): If you need to evolve this sample to support a one to many relationship represented as a multi-select, I like this multi-select control which can be themed with jQuery UI themes . Another scenario from a customer: We want to use a lookup to another entity because we want to...
11 Feb 2012
Adding an Image Carousel to a CRM 2011 Form
I recently had a customer request to display the pictures/images attached to a CRM form in an image carousel. This is one of those things where I’ve seen people write a bunch of Silverlight code to accomplish. In my opinion, using Silverlight for this is overkill. Inspired by the second...
6 Feb 2012
My CRM 2011 Validation Framework
I’ve been working on a validation framework for Dynamics CRM 2011. I’ve published the first cut of the code. It’s a little rough still, but I’ve been promising the sample to a few customers so I wanted to get the first working version out there. Right now, it only supports regular expression...
3 Dec 2011
PubSec Dev Dinner on External Data and Services with SharePoint 2010
My old team is having a developer dinner tomorrow night titled Developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions Using External Data and Services. See here for more details at http://bit.ly/kPUq5n . “… What you will learn SharePoint 2010 allows developers to work with both internal and external data using...
24 May 2011
Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!
Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don't...
14 Apr 2011
OQuery – A fluent API to build OData url queries sans LINQ
2 Feb 2011
Data Services (OData) Client for Windows Phone 7 and LINQ
The WCF Data Services Team released a client library to make it easier to interact with OData services from Windows Phone 7. http://bit.ly/wp7odatalib The major caveat (and bummer) with the library is that “LINQ support in the client library has been removed as the core support is not yet...
1 Feb 2011
Open Government Data and Bing Map Apps
The Bing Maps team is running a King of Bing Maps contest . Chris Pendleton just published a blog post on Bing Map App Development Resources over on the Bing Maps blog. If you aren’t familiar with Bing Map Apps, they are mini applications you write in Silverlight that become part of the Silverlight...
23 Jun 2010
My Gov2.0 Expo presentation on Bing Maps / OData
You can find my deck here: http://cid-1f72da7294089597.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Gov2.0Expo I plan to have my OData + Entity Framework + SQL 2008 spatial demos packaged/cleaned up some time this week. I will also record a deeper walkthrough of the demo/sample and publish it to Channel...
1 Jun 2010
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