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  • Blog Post: CRM 2011, OData and datajs

    What people often call the CRM 2011 REST Service or Organization Data Service is an OData service. … read more …
  • Blog Post: Geocoding and displaying a map for an address in CRM 2011

    There are a few blog posts out there, but the ones I’ve found don’t take you it step by step.  I will, however, make assumptions like you know how to create an entity, etc.  Here goes… … read more …
  • Blog Post: Minify Selection in Visual Studio 2010

    You learn something new every day!  One of the things I’ve been talking to CRM folks about a bit lately is Minifying your CRM 2011 JavaScript and CSS .  … read more …
  • Blog Post: Cross domain calls from JavaScript

    It’s exciting times for web developers.  Many of the hoops we used to have to jump through are being eliminated as more browsers support more of the HTML5 spec and more people are using modern browsers.  One of the things that has me excited is Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) .  ...
  • Blog Post: Using RequireJS with CRM 2011 forms

    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 a page called hello.htm , then I will have a file...
  • Blog Post: Cascading option set dropdowns with CRM 2011

    I get asked this once or twice a month.  “Does CRM 2011 allow me to configure cascading dropdowns out of the box?” … read more …
  • Blog Post: SAMPLE: Editable grid for CRM 2011 using jqGrid

    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 .  This is quite a powerful JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM 2011 Script# Xrm.Page library

    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, you do them when you find the time.  Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Minifying your CRM 2011 JavaScript and CSS

    Minification is a popular technique in web development.  The benefits are equally as applicable to Dynamics CRM 2011 JavaScript and CSS web resources.  My minifier of choice is the Microsoft Ajax Minifier because it integrates well with the Visual Studio 2010 build system. …read more…
  • Blog Post: Displaying a lookup as a dropdown in a CRM 2011 form

    Another scenario from a customer: We want to use a lookup to another entity because we want to store additional data in the  entities fields and option sets don’t provide this capability.  However, we want the selection of the entity in the form to be a dropdown to minimize the # of clicks...
  • Blog Post: Referencing JavaScript files from a CDN in a CRM 2011 form

    I’m a big fan of referencing JavaScript files from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) when it makes sense.  Why? …read more…
  • Blog Post: Adding an Image Carousel to a CRM 2011 Form

    I recently had a customer request to display the pictures/images attached to a CRM form in an image carousel.  This is one of those things where I’ve seen people write a bunch of Silverlight code to accomplish.  In my opinion, using Silverlight for this is overkill …read more…
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 Client Side VsDoc

    Short post, but wanted it on my blog for reference.  Patrick Verbeeten has a very useful vsdoc file for CRM developers to get intellisense for Xrm.Page and GetGlobalContext when writing javascript code …read more…
  • Blog Post: Script# & Dynamics CRM 2011

    I’ve been a fan of Script# ever since it was announced.  However, in my previous role, there were a ton of higher priority technologies for me to cover.  I just never got around to Script# evangelism.  Well now that I am focusing on Dynamics CRM 2011 , I have a reason to talk about it...
  • Blog Post: My CRM 2011 Validation Framework

    I’ve been working on a validation framework for Dynamics CRM 2011.  I’ve published the first cut of the code.  It’s a little rough still, but I’ve been promising the sample to a few customers so I wanted to get the first working version out there.  Right now, it only supports regular expression...
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