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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    Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

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    Are you interested in using Silverlight in SharePoint?  If so, you will definitely want to check out the Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint .  It's chock full of samples that show you exactly how to do it! There are 6 samples including the...
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    WEBCAST: Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET

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    Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET makes building applications for occasionally connected environments a logical extension of building applications where you can count on a consistent network.  Rather than simply replicating a database...
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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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    RELEASED: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper for 6.2

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    Thanks to the quick effort from Chris Pietschmann , I am happy to announce that we have an updated version of the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper that is in sync with the update Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2.  You can learn more about...
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    jQuery & MicrosoftAjax “happy together”

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    I’ve been using jQuery quite a bit lately.  I’ve grown very fond of it.  At the same time, I have been digging into ASP.NET AJAX 4.0.  I just read a post from Bertand Le Roy that made me smile.  In his post, he shows how you can do...
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    FOLLOW UP: DevDinner - Developing for Windows 7 using the .NET Framework

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    As always, thanks to those of you who attended.  You can find the deck here: The Surface 1.0 videos are there as well. Some of my code demos came from other sources: http://tinyurl.com/Windows7TrainingKit http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack...
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    SCREENCAST: Running Reporting Services Reports in Windows Azure

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    In this screencast, I show you how to run a SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 report in Windows Azure using the ReportViewer control that ships with Visual Studio 2010. As an added bonus, I demonstrate using ReportViewer against an OData service through...
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    Unit Testing with CRM 2011

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    I have a more involved blog post on this on the TODO list, but have promised a few folks some links to resources on how to unit test CRM/xRM code you write.  If you Bing (or that other search engine) “Unit Test” and “CRM 2011” you will come up with...
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    Adding an Image Carousel to a CRM 2011 Form

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    North 52 Formula Manager = WOW

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    DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion.  I get nothing from the makers of this addon for expressing my opinion.  I’m a developer at heart.  I love writing code.  But I also abelieve in the “don’t write code unless you have to” philosophy. ...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure: Improving the SSO experience

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    This is supposed to be one of a series of CRM Online & Windows Azure posts for which I have been building some samples.  While I really wanted to make this the second or third post, someone needed the explanation sooner, so this will be somewhat...
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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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    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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    Upgrading to IE9 without breaking incompatible apps

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    As many of you know, the CRM 2011 UI leverages more “in browser” processing.  Because of this, CRM 2011 will perform better when using the latest version of Internet Explorer (currently IE9) because of IE’s advances in performance through hardware...
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    Eliminating manual device registration

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    If you are connecting to CRM Online with a Live ID, you need to register a Device ID and Device Password when using the organization service from an outside caller.  I walk through this in my Connecting to CRM Online from an outside caller post. ...
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    REMINDER: SharePoint BCS connector for CRM

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    I’ve been going through a bunch of CRM integration scenarios to refresh my “hands on” abilities.  You have to do that in a job like mine, otherwise you’re just a talking head that doesn’t know what you’re talking about .  Anyway, the topic of...
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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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    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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    The best CRM Ribbon editing tool…IMHO

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    http://crmvisualribbonedit.codeplex.com/ I started using it a few days ago…this is how it should be done.  @devkeydet
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