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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Solution Manager keeps getting better

    Full disclosure, I received a free license from the authors of the tool.  However, I do believe it’s definitely worth the license fee . I’ve blogged previously about reasons for my fondness of the www.crmsolutionmanager.com addin to Visual Studio for Dynamics CRM 2011 development.  Well they...
  • Blog Post: Improving the performance of multiple Inserts, Updates, and Deletes via the CRM 2011 Organization Service

    UPDATE: Now that Polaris/UR12 are out, the new bulk API is available. Check out Sonoma Partners blog post on a simple benchmark of the improvements . Now you can Combine the ne bulk API with client side parallelism to achieve even better performance. I'll put that on my ever growing "to blog" list. However...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with the CRM 2011 Windows Store app sample

    UPDATE (18APR2013): Updated AuthenticateAsync() extension method to handle both IFD and CRM Online authentication.  Now, the code in HelloCRM will work regardless of whether you point it to an IFD or CRM Online Organization Service.  All you have to do is pass in the appropriate username/password...
  • Blog Post: Developing CRM 2011 customizations without a local server

    I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year applying my general application development experience to the world of Dynamics CRM customizations (aka XRM).  Often, I take part in conversations that go something like “Why is X harder to do when customizing Dynamics CRM compared to general .NET web...
  • Blog Post: Unit testing CRM 2011 JavaScript web resources

    UPDATE: Fixed the video resolution issue.  Higher resolution (720p) version is available. After writing my post on unit testing plugins , I’ve been asked a few times about how to do the same for Dynamics CRM 2011 JavaScript web resources.  While I knew it could be done, truth be told, I had...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: CRM 2011 Team Development With Shan McArthur

    UPDATE: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recording via the details link below. Team development for Dynamics CRM 2011 customizations is a topic I get into often with customers and partners.  The best, most comprehensive session I have seen on team development with Dynamics CRM 2011 was...
  • Blog Post: How I develop and unit test CRM 2011 plugins

    This is probably the most promised, but never published blog post on my list of potential posts.  I’ve managed to convince enough CRM developers I’ve run into that they should get some test driven development with unit testing religion.  Especially because of the added productivity benefits...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011, Visual Studio, and Source Control of non-code customizations

    In the latest release of the Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK, a new tool was introduced which creates new options for how teams can source control their non-code customizations.  The tool is called SolutionPackager.  I encourage you to read the following SDK documentation: Solution Tools for Team Development...
  • Blog Post: Building VB.NET plugins with the developer toolkit

    Scenario: “I’ve seen the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online , but it only ships with C# templates.  I’m a VB.NET developer.  How can I get the developer productivity from the toolkit while still writing my plugin code using VB.NET?” The good...
  • Blog Post: Updated Developer Tips and Tricks Deck

    I spend a lot of time talking to .NET developers who are looking at building business applications using Dynamics CRM.  They journey to understanding how to be a productive Dynamics CRM developer can sometimes be daunting.  There’s a bit to learn on top of your existing .NET / web dev skills...
  • Blog Post: CRM Solution Manager

    Full disclosure, I received a free license from the authors of the tool.  However, I do believe it’s definitely worth the license fee . I’ve been using the CRM Solution Manager add in for Visual Studio quite a bit lately.  I’ve grown fond of using it over the Developer Toolkit for web resource...
  • Blog Post: Geocoding and displaying a map for an address in CRM 2011

    There are a few blog posts out there that cover this topic, but the ones I’ve found don’t take you through it step by step.  I will, however, make assumptions like you know how to create an entity, add web resources to a form, etc.  Here goes… The overall solution is going to consist of: Create...
  • Blog Post: Minify Selection in Visual Studio 2010

    You learn something new every day!  One of the things I’ve been talking to CRM folks about a bit lately is Minifying your CRM 2011 JavaScript and CSS .  Well, I just discovered that when you install the Microsoft Ajax Minifier , you get a handy little context menu option to minify. It shows...
  • Blog Post: TIP: Associate a schema with an XML file in Visual Studio 2010

    It’s been a while since I had to do it.  However, as I’ve started to need to tweak FetchXML after I’ve built the baseline using my little trick , I realized I was doing things the hard way.  I was looking at the FetchXML reference on MSDN and typing things “notepad" style” but with syntax...
  • Blog Post: Are you using Visual Studio PerfWatson?

    You can do your part to make future releases of Visual Studio faster by installing this extension: “Would you like your performance issues to be reported automatically? Well now you can, with PerfWatson extension! Install this extension and assist the Visual Studio team in providing a faster future IDE...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: JavaScript Intellisense for SharePoint

    In this screencast, you will learn how to get the most out of JavaScript programming with SharePoint 2010 projects in Visual Studio 2010. You will see how to get JavaScript Intellisense and debugging working for jQuery and the Client Object Model . You'll also learn about the benefits of using the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: jQuery Code Snippets for Visual Studio 2010

    Very cool find!  I just heard about it. “131 Visual Studio 2010 Code Snippets for use with jQuery ” http://jquerysnippets.codeplex.com/
  • Blog Post: Does jQuery ship with SharePoint 2010? (and why you should be using an Ajax CDN)

    jQuery is one of the most popular javascript libraries used by ASP.NET developers.  In fact, jQuery ships with Visual Studio 2010.  It is in the “Scripts” folder of a new “ASP.NET Web Application” or “ASP.NET MVC 2 Web Application” project template. Does jQuery ship with SharePoint 2010? ...
  • Blog Post: LINQ to SharePoint DSL Extension for VS2010

    http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/993df7ed-2dd2-44e4-98f2-e6233812692b This extension looks very useful!  I haven’t gotten around to trying it out just yet because I am in the process of rebuilding my SharePoint 2010 dev environment now that the product has released.  However...
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