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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    SIEMENS: Powering Postal Automation Systems with .NET

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    I’m sure you’ve heard of SIEMENS .  However, what you may not know is that they create the hardware and software that run in many mail facilities including the United States Postal Service .  About a year ago, Vlad and I made a trip out to their...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Resizing an Azure VM vhd file

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    UPDATE (09SEP2013): There's a faster way. See: https://github.com/maartenba/WindowsAzureDiskResizer I got into a bit of a predicament where the C drive of the VM I created here started to fill up. I needed to install some software that only gave me...
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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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    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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    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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    Calling CRM from ASP.NET using impersonation to ActOnBehalfOf the logged in user

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    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:  ...
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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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    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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    CRM Online myth busters

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    DISCMLAIMER: Parts of this blog post contain my opinion and don’t necessarily reflect the opinion of my employer, nor is it an official endorsement by Microsoft of any of the tools / technologies I mention. I’ve been in my new role, focusing on Dynamics...
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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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    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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    Geocoding and displaying a map for an address in CRM 2011

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    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...
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    Showing a jQuery UI dialog in a CRM 2011 form

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    I was asked how to implement the following scenario in a CRM 2011 form (paraphrased): Show an alert notification indicator in the header When the user to click the notification indicator, show a dialog with the details of the alert Here’s how I did it...
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    VS2008 / NETFX 3.5 SP1 Beta

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    If you keep up with multiple Microsoft technology bloggers, today is one of those days where you'll see everyone posting similar posts:(.  Such is the nature of blogging.  I get to say what I want, but sometimes that means everyone else is saying...
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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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    Connecting to CRM Online from an outside caller

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    UPDATE: Thanks to some internal discussions with folks on the SDK team, I discovered a simpler way that doesn’t require manually putting the deviceid/devicepassword in the config file.  I decided to leave this post as-is for two reasons.  First...
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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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    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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    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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    EUREKA: F5 debugging of CRM JavaScript web resources

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    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...
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    Building a CRM 2011 dev box using a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

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    UPDATE: The instructions were a bit out of order.  Thanks for @DynamicsCRM_EDU for the heads up!  I fixed it.  Please let me know if you find anything else that needs clarification.  I write these things late in the night most of the...
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