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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    WPF and Virtual Earth revisited

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    I've been pretty quite on the blogging front lately.  Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to work on something a little meatier than writing demo code.  Almost all of my time over the last month or so has been spent working on a couple...
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    JavaScript Intellisense for the Virtual Earth Map Control

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    UPDATE: Fixed the embedded video. Have you ever wished you could get JavaScript Intellisense for the Virtual Earth Map Control in Visual Studio 2008?  I have, so I came up with a solution and started a codeplex project!  I just recorded a short...
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    DEVELOPER DINNER: Building Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2 and Beyond

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    IMPORTANT NOTE: This developer dinner will not be at a Microsoft facility.  Please make sure you take note of this. Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:00 PM - Thursday, January 15, 2009 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 5:30 PM Reston...
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    Updated Virtual Earth Map Control demo code

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    UPDATE: I've updated the code to use the workaround described here .  If you downloaded this code before May 2nd, 2008 @ 7:30 PM EST, then you might download it again.  The URL is the same. I’ve update my primary Virtual Earth (VE) map...
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    Deleting things from a deployed CRM 2011 managed solution package

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    DISCLAIMER: This is technically unsupported, but works. If that makes you cringe, then walk away. If you read it and think it will work for you, then make the decision that's best for you. Example scenarios: “I have a a field in an entity...
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    Using the CRM 2011 OData service from a Metro style app

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    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...
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    Does jQuery ship with SharePoint 2010? (and why you should be using an Ajax CDN)

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    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...
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    Getting started with the CRM 2011 Windows Store app sample

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    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...
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    How I develop and unit test CRM 2011 plugins

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    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...
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    Getting FetchXML from LINQPad

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    UPDATE: There's a known issue with the LINQPad Plugin for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Office 365 authentication. I cover a workaround here . Using FetchXML is necessary in many situations with CRM 2011. Using FetchXML becomes even more necessary...
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    SAMPLE: Editable grid for CRM 2011 using jqGrid

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    A while back, I wrote a post called Building an editable grid for CRM 2011 .   The goal of the post was to give you the necessary knowledge to know how to write the code to build an editable grid.  Since then, someone introduced me to jqGrid...
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    Displaying a lookup as a dropdown in a CRM 2011 form

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    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...
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    Cross domain calls to the parent CRM 2011 form

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    UPDATE: Added reference to another blog post that does a great job of going into the cross-document / cross-domain issue. Fixed some grammar/typos. UPDATE2: You might also be interested in my newer post: Cross domain calls from JavaScript I’ve...
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    SCREENCAST: Saving Virtual Earth Polygons to SQL Server 2008

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    In this screencast, I show you how to draw a polygon on a Virtual Earth map and save it using ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. Screencast: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts...
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    WEBCAST RECORDING: Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX

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    First, let me apologize since I promised to make this recording available almost two months ago.  I was trying to get the recording uploaded to the same Live Meeting servers as my other webcasts.  Needless to say, I had some challenges. ...
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    Free training on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET MVC

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    Looking for free introductory training on the .NET 3.5 SP1 & ASP.NET MVC?  Head over to Jonathan Carter's blog to get all the details on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RTM .  What will you find?  Information and links to download...
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    Using RequireJS with CRM 2011 forms

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    GOAL: Simplify referencing JavaScript libraries from CRM forms for code-centric developer types like me. I have always been a fan of “code beside” JavaScript files that contain all my main code for a corresponding HTML page.  For example, if I have...
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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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    Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch

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    Robert Levy from the Surface team and Anson Tsao from the WPF team gave a great session on: Multi-Touch on Microsoft Surface and Windows 7 for .NET Developers The session is definitely worth watching if you are interested in building multi-touch apps...
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    SCREENCAST: Rendering Polygons from SQL Server 2008 on Virtual Earth

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    In this screencast, I build off of the concepts shown in my previous screencast and show you how to render a polygon on a Virtual Earth map using REST, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server...
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    Building Virtual Earth applications just keeps getting easier

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    I've given a number of presentations on Virtual Earth development over the last couple years.  The first thing ASP.NET WebForms developers say to me is how bummed they are that they have to write JavaScript.  That's understandable.  ASP...
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    Free training on .NET 3.5 SP1

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    I just came across this update to the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit from Jonathan Carter .  If you've seen my ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview webcast and are looking for the code, then you will want to download the kit.  I used the kit as...
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    NEW RELEASE: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper

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    I am happy to announce that we have a new release of the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper to bring Intellisense in sync with the new Virtual Earth Map Control 6.1 .  In addition to 6.1 compatibility, we also made the following enhancements...
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    WEBCAST: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

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    The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a new release that provides new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET in 2008. This release delivers a set of new features that target: Enabling High Productivity Data Scenarios - including MVC, Entity...
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    WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Building WPF Applications in Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend

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    Thanks to everyone who attended!  You can download the deck here and the demo code here .  As always, if you missed it, you should be able to view a recording within 24 hours by following the original registration link .  I have also add...
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