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 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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    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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    WPF for Line of Business applications

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    I'm a big believer that WPF is a great UI technology for LOB applications.  Yes, there are some shortcomings in the designer experience if you compare the WPF designer to the Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio 2008.  Yes, WPF is missing...
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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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    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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    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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    Preventing charges for an Azure VM when not in use

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    When you shutdown an Azure VM, you still get charged for usage.  That’s because the hardware for your VM is still allocated/dedicated to you.  It’s just not being used.  To prevent charges, you can delete the VM.  When you do that...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    TOOL HIGHLIGHT: CRM 2011 Web Resource Linker/Publisher

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    I’ve blogged previously about why I like the approach CRM Solution Manager uses for authoring web resources in Visual Studio.  While I think CRM Solution Manager is a fantastic tool, there are ways to get some of the benefits of it’s approach to...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure Series

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    I’ve been working with a few CRM Online customers on some advanced scenarios which require using Windows Azure as part of their overall solution.  As a result, I will be publishing series of blog posts and samples which walk you through the following...
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    CRM 2011, Visual Studio, and Source Control of non-code customizations

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    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...
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    CRM Developer Toolkit & Visual Studio 2012

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    One of the things I have been getting asked about lately is “When will the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM   support Visual Studio 2012?”  It already does!  Just go download the latest version of the SDK .  You’ll find...
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    Capturing a signature in a CRM form using html5

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    Scenario: “I have a touchscreen.  I want to capture a signature in a Dynamics CRM form.  If the signature hasn’t been saved, then I want to allow a user to provide their signature.  The next time the record is loaded, after the signature...
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