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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    Using an ERD tool to create CRM entities

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    I get asked this now and then: “I want to use Erwin [or Visio or Visual Studio or…] to graphically design the CRM entity model, then have the actual CRM entities generated off of the tool I used to design the entities.” While...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I made it on the MSDN Cloud home page :)

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    I recently recorded an overview video called Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure to replace the current one on the Cloud section of MSDN .  I just heard news that the video is live.  I am pretty excited because this is THE VIDEO...
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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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    Microsoft Surface GIS Apps by Infostrat

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    I’ve been working with a number of partners lately on building Microsoft Surface apps.  Infostrat is one of them.  They have done some of the best Virtual Earth integration work I have seen so far.  Have a look at this video that highlights...
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    MVVM Toolkit for WPF

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    The Model View ViewModel pattern has become very popular for building WPF applications.  Until now, there wasn’t much guidance/tooling from Microsoft to help you get started with MVVM.  The WPF team just released an early preview of the MVVM...
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    Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) Developer Dinner

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    Next Wednesday in Reston, Virginia.  Details on my team’s blog: http://tinyurl.com/oupyf9 .
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    FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on Silverlight 2

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    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Here are the download links I promised: Deck: Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 2 Code: My Digg Sample The sample app is based on Scott Guthrie's First Look at Silverlight 2 blog series...
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    DevDinnerOnDemand: Building Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2 and Beyond

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    Business-focused applications, sometimes referred to as Line Of Business (LOB) applications, are almost universally about working with data in some shape or form.  At it’s a heart, a business app needs: A way to move data between tiers A way to shape...
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    FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

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    Thanks to everyone who attended!  You can download the deck and links to the code here: Normally, I make my actual demo code available for download.  However, this time around, my demo code was based on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit...
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    FOLLOW UP: Reston Developer Conference 04DEC08

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    Vlad and I would like thank everyone for attending the conference!  Here are the downloads: What I’ve learned about Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 (and beyond), Silverlight 3 (and beyond) – deck "Oslo" and "Dublin" Overview...
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    SCREENCAST: Using Virtual Earth in a WPF Application

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    As promised, here is the screencast for my previous post: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/keydet/Using-Virtual-Earth-in-a-WPF-Application/
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    Virtual Earth Wrapper for Silverlight (VIEWS)

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    At MIX 08, Chris Pendleton announced that the Virtual Earth team is working on a Silverlight 2 control.  The idea of being able to use managed code instead of JavaScript to build your Virtual Earth applications is very appealing to many.  I...
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    SCREENCAST: Exposing/Consuming RSS/ATOM using WCF 3.5 & Silverlight 2

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    In this screencast, I show you how easy it is to expose RSS and Atom feeds using the new Web Programming Model (REST) features, classes in the new System.ServiceModel.Syndication namespace, and LINQ to SQL in the .NET Framework 3.5.  Then, you will...
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    VE JavaScript Intellisense Helper bug & workaround

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    A bug has been discovered when using the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper where JavaScript Intellisense fails to surface in a very common scenario.  The scenario is when you have declared a page level map variable.  You will get...
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    SCREENCAST: Silverlight 2 DIGG Sample

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    Scott Guthrie has a great eight part series titled First Look at Silverlight 2 where he walks you through building a Silverlight 2 sample app from scratch.  The walkthrough highlights almost all of the key features of Silverlight 2 Beta 1. ...
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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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