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  • Blog Post: Use LINQ to access CRM objects

    If you have written small console application to check some data from CRM database you have probably already read this article from MSDN: Use Filtered Views . That is okay but honestly I’m currently more into LINQ solution. I’ll show you what I mean... First I'll create new Console Application project...
  • Blog Post: Adding CRM 4.0 to your own win app with web form authentication

    Last year I wrote small article Adding MS CRM to your own windows forms applications that demonstrates the usage of CRM in your own custom windows forms applications. In CRM 4.0 the story is pretty much the same but there’re few things that you need to take into account so that everything works as you...
  • Blog Post: CRM 4.0 (or SharePoint or custom application) and DebugView

    Every now and then I’m find myself trying to solve same issues over and over again :-) That’s why I found myself (again) using DebugView as my debugging assistant at remote box. If you don’t know what DebugView is then you should definitely try it out. I’m going to give you few ideas how you could use...
  • Blog Post: CRM 4.0, SharePoint and ASP.NET Trace

    Sometimes I tend to forget how much stuff is built into .NET Framework. Framework gives you nice set of features that you can use without writing a single line of code. ASP.NET Trace is one of them. I know that it's nothing new but I think that it's still used mainly in custom ASP.NET applications. But...
  • Blog Post: Comparing two databases (schema and/or data)

    Quite often people like to know what's happening under the covers when they do something through user interface. For example they use CRM, SharePoint or some other product through user interface and they would like to know what has happened at the database. Normally my answer is that you don't need to...
  • Blog Post: Few development tips for CRM 4.0

    If you are working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and your planning to do code customizations then you probably should keep on reading. And why am I talking about code customizations and not just customizations ? Well just because in CRM you can do a lot without a single line of code... and this time...
  • Blog Post: CRM 4.0 and ISV.config modifications

    If you want to add custom menuitems, modify navbars, add funtionality to toolbars etc. you need to modify so called ISV.config. In CRM 4.0 it can be done pretty easily with these simple steps: Export current ISV config: Settings -> Customization -> Export Customizations and then select ISV Config...
  • Blog Post: Adding MS CRM to your own windows forms applications

    I was asked to create simple demo that demonstrates MS CRM inside custom .NET application. So I created small win app with just couple of controls to make the demo pretty simple. If user presses Edit customer button then new form is opened and that will host CRM form like this: And if user then clicks...
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