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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    Dynamics CRM 2011 Script# Xrm.Page library

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    I love it when something becomes community driven!  A few months ago, I blogged about Script# & Dynamics CRM 2011 .  Since then, I‘ve been working on a little side project to make it easier to get started.  As with most side projects...
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    Visual Studio, ALM & Dynamics CRM

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    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...
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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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    Authenticating to an Azure hosted web service from CRM Online Sandbox code

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    UPDATE (14MAR2013): Uploaded a modified sample which addresses storing credentials in secure config and adds comments around how to encrypt those credentials.  While I show a synchronous plugin in the demo for simplicity of the walkthrough, you should...
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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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    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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    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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    EventToCommand + DataStateBehavior eases MVVM pain

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      MVVM is a pattern.  There are all sorts of MVVM frameworks popping up that help make implementing the pattern easier.  If you select the MVVM tag off of www.codeplex.com , you will find a number of them: http://www.codeplex.com/site/search...
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    Unit testing CRM 2011 JavaScript web resources

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    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...
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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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    Moving an existing Hyper-V vhd to Windows Azure

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    I talked about building a CRM dev VM running on Windows Azure from scratch here .  However, you might have an existing VM that you’d prefer to run on Windows Azure instead.  Why?  Here are some reasons I can think of which may or may not...
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    Design for Online

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    UPDATE (30MAY2013): Have a look at this post for some tangible examples of Windows Azure with CRM to address some of these scenarios. DISCLAIMER: This post is not official guidance from Microsoft. It’s the thoughts and opinion of one guy who...
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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 Migration with CRM 2011

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    UPDATE (18APR2013): If you find this post interesting, then you will want to watch the Enterprise Data Integration for CRM, featuring Daniel Cai webcast. “I am building a solution using CRM 2011, but I need to migrate a significant amount of data from...
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    Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 MultiTouch

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    Have you seen the Microsoft Surface Globe application in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 ?  There are plenty of videos of the app in action on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/YouTubeSurfaceGlobe . Would you like to build an app like this yourself...
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    Enable IE10 spell check in a CRM 2011 form

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    UPDATE: Yes, I am shamelessly promoting IE10 in this post, but this will work in any browser CRM that supports the spellcheck attribute. Now that Polaris/UR12 is out, CRM works with browsers like IE10 and others that support the spellcheck attribute of...
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    WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET

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    UPDATE: I have added a recording link for this webcast to My Recorded Webcasts list. Thanks to everyone who attended. Sorry about the Live Meeting slide animation issue. Hopefully the webcast was still valuable even with the difficulties. Here are...
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    A primer in Extended CRM Development

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    UPDATE (06MAY2013): If you like the idea of implementing more functionality using point and click configuration (like in Part II) without having to write code (like in Part III), then you might want to have a look at North 52 Formula Manager . I have...
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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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    Open Government Data and Bing Map Apps

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    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...
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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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    Converting a SQL report to FecthXML

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    Scenario: “I want to move to CRM Online, but I wrote all my SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) using the SQL Data Source.  How do I convert them to use FetchXML?” Below I have three reports: All three reports will look identical to the end user...
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    Love jQuery = Love ASP.NET Ajax Library

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    I’ve been covering ASP.NET AJAX and what used to be called the “Microsoft Ajax Library” ever since the first “Atlas” code drops.  ASP.NET AJAX has always offered Web Forms developers a relatively simple way of Ajax enabling their applications without...
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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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    Populate Two Options values when creating a record in a dialog

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    Scenario: “I have an entity with a field of type ‘Two Options’ that I would like to populate within a ‘Create Record’ activity in a CRM 2011 dialog.   The ‘Two Options’ type in CRM 2011 is a boolean.  The ‘Prompt and Response’ activity...
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