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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    Building an editable grid for CRM 2011

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    This is a common question lately.  First, I strongly recommend you consider purchasing an addon that does this for you.  Build vs. buy is always touchy because sometimes it is easier just to write it than to get approval to purchase an addon...
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    What’s New in CRM 2011?

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    I’ve been asked this a few times lately.  I typically point people to MSDN and give them a PowerPoint slide deck.  To make it easier, I’m posting this as my single link reference.  What's New for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (MSDN) @devkeydet
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    What does a custom CRM solution look like?

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    UPDATED with the Grants Manager solution accelerator... There are many examples that I will be blogging about. Here is one that uses both Dynamics CRM 2011 Online and Windows Azure or Dynamics CRM 2011 and Windows Server on-prem. http://311center...
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    My CRM Dev VM

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    NOTE: I will occasionally update this post. I’ve had a number of conversations with customers recently about what I recommend they install on their CRM dev environement.  In general, I always recommend that individuals do work in an isolated environment...
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    My “crash course” in Dynamics CRM 2011 Development

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    NOTE: I will update this post periodically. UPDATE: I also maintain a Developer Tips n Tricks deck here . The deck is additive to the content in this post. Here’s my recommended training plan to become a Dynamics CRM 2011 developer (it’s...
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    A Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

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    DISCLAIMER: This is a rare “personal” / “rant” blog post.  I normally try to keep things focused on the technology. In my last blog post , I mentioned that I’m back to blogging again and that I would explain a little bit about why I haven’t been...
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    From BackgroundWorker, to TPL, to Async

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    I’m back to blogging again. More on that later… In any client UI code (WinForms/WPF/Silverilght/WinRT), it’s always a good practice to do as much in the background as possible so you aren’t blocking the UI thread. “In the old days,” the BackgroundWorker...
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    ASP.NET Web Forms, MVC, WebMatrix … what’s the story?

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    The reality of choices ASP.NET developers have today can be daunting: ASP.NET Web Forms ASP.NET MVC Web Forms view engine vs. Razor view engine WebMatrix / Web Pages (.cshtml / razor) With all the noise around ASP.NET MVC and WebMatrix lately, there’s...
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    I made it on the MSDN Cloud home page :)

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    I recently recorded an overview video called Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure to replace the current one on the Cloud section of MSDN .  I just heard news that the video is live.  I am pretty excited because this is THE VIDEO...
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    Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

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    If you are doing any work with Windows Azure or even thinking about it then you’ll want to check out the presentation Brian Prince ( @brianhprince ) gave at TechEd.  Definitely a MUST SEE.  I learned about a few tools I did not know about. http...
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    PubSec Dev Dinner on External Data and Services with SharePoint 2010

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    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...
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    Are you using Visual Studio PerfWatson?

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    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...
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    SCREENCAST: Hybrid Solutions with Windows Azure Connect

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    I’ve had many conversations lately with people about using Windows Azure to build “Hybrid Solutions.”  The typical response I get is “what’s that?”  When I explain that it is the concept of running part of your application in Windows Azure and...
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    Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!

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    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...
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    SCREENCAST: JavaScript Intellisense for SharePoint

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    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...
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    OQuery – A fluent API to build OData url queries sans LINQ

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    Yesterday, I blogged about a solution to compose OData / WCF Data Service queries using LINQ for situations where LINQ enabled client libraries don’t exist (i.e. JavaScript and Windows Phone 7). http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devkeydet/archive/2011/02/02/data...
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    Data Services (OData) Client for Windows Phone 7 and LINQ

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      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...
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    My first time being the interviewee

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    I’ve interviewed customers over the years for Ch9, but this is the first time I was interviewed.  Zhiming Xue (aka “Dr. Z”) interviewed me about my WP7 app .  Check it out if you are interested: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV...
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    Code Coverage for Silverlight and Windows Phone

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    As part of building my WP7 app , I spent a fair amount of time trying to get code coverage working for my unit tests. I tried a number of different approaches including using the Silverlight Unit Test Framework and NUnit + dotCover. I finally landed on...
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    SHAMELESS PLUG: My First WP7 Marketplace App

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    UPDATE: A great majority of people never look at an app unless it is free.  Even though the manual rate lookup feature of my app is free through trial mode and never times out, I decided to publish an identical version of the app with trial mode...
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    REMINDER: Developer Dinner on Parallel Computing in Reston, VA

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    Dr. Z , who now runs the Developer Dinner Series for Partners, just posted a reminder about the dinner next week: Monthly Developer Dinner Event -- Parallel Computing, Oct. 27, 2010, Reston VA The dinner is from 6-8pm.  Don’t miss it!
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    Watch PDC10 via Live Broadcast for FREE

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    For the first time, the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) will be broadcast live for anyone to watch without having to pay a conference fee. The player/agenda is live now at http://player.microsoftpdc.com/ . Go check it out!
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    First Published Government App for Windows Phone 7

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    Pat, who is one of my teammates, just blogged about a project he’s been working on with Sunlight Labs .  It’s an app called Congress for Windows Phone 7.  Check it out: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/10/17/introducing-the...
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    bit.ly plugin for Windows Live Writer

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    If you use a custom bit.ly account for shortening urls and then tracking clicks across things like twitter, facebook, emails, blogs, etc., then you’ll surely find the bit.ly plugin for Windows Live Writer useful.
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    Windows Phone 7 and SharePoint 2010

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    I always hesitate to publish a blog post that is just a link to someone else's.  However, sometimes you just want to make sure people know certain posts exists.  This is one from Paul Stubbs (@PaulStubbs on twitter) qualifies: Developing Windows...
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