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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    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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    Cascading option set dropdowns with CRM 2011

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    I get asked this once or twice a month.    “Does CRM 2011 allow me to configure cascading dropdowns out of the box?” There is no “out of the box” way to do this using point and click customization through the CRM UI.  I find that when...
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    Debugging CRM web resources without ever deploying them

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    UPDATE: The steps explained below don't work with CRM 2013. However, Scott has a blog post which shows you how to get it working again: http://develop1.net/public/post/Fiddler2-The-tool-that-gives-you-Superpowers-Part-2.aspx One of my last posts...
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    From BackgroundWorker, to TPL, to Async

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    I’m back to blogging again. More on that later… In any client UI code (WinForms/WPF/Silverilght/WinRT), it’s always a good practice to do as much in the background as possible so you aren’t blocking the UI thread. “In the old days,” the BackgroundWorker...
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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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    CRM, Accessibility, and 508

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    I’ve spent many a time having accessibility and 508 compliance discussions with customers and partners over the years working at Microsoft and focusing on various web based technologies.  In fact, it’s hard to believe I recorded this video over seven...
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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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    Getting a new CRM 2011 Organization ready for XRM

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    EVEN BETTER UPDATE!!!: Nick incorporated this into an addin for Tanguy’s awesome XrmToolbox .  I’d still recommend you read the post to understand how this all works.  Also, if you are OnPrem, then the last paragraph of this post will save you...
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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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    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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    ASP.NET Web Forms, MVC, WebMatrix … what’s the story?

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    The reality of choices ASP.NET developers have today can be daunting: ASP.NET Web Forms ASP.NET MVC Web Forms view engine vs. Razor view engine WebMatrix / Web Pages (.cshtml / razor) With all the noise around ASP.NET MVC and WebMatrix lately, there’s...
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    CRM 2011 OnPrem integrating with SharePoint Online

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    “Can I get the the integration the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 List Component for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides to work with SharePoint Online when my CRM 2011 deployment is OnPrem (i.e. installed inside my organizations private network or...
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    Open Government Data and Bing Map Apps

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    The Bing Maps team is running a King of Bing Maps contest .  Chris Pendleton just published a blog post on Bing Map App Development Resources over on the Bing Maps blog.  If you aren’t familiar with Bing Map Apps, they are mini applications...
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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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    Controlling CRM 2011 popup windows

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    Now and then, I hear from users that don’t like the fact that CRM loads screens in distinct windows in certain scenarios.  I can understand how these windows can get a little daunting if you have too many open and are switching context between multiple...
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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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    Love jQuery = Love ASP.NET Ajax Library

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    I’ve been covering ASP.NET AJAX and what used to be called the “Microsoft Ajax Library” ever since the first “Atlas” code drops.  ASP.NET AJAX has always offered Web Forms developers a relatively simple way of Ajax enabling their applications without...
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    Prism Visual Studio Templates (including MVVM)

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    Prism is: “The Composite Client Application Guidance is designed to help you more easily build modular Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications.” What most people find, once they take the time to dig in to Prism, is that...
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    SCREENCAST: Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

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    I’ve been meaning to record this screencast for a LONG time.  Well, I have a presentation on MEF tomorrow.  I was originally planning on demonstrating this sample, but realized that I won’t have enough time.  However, I needed to be able...
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    TIP: Associate a schema with an XML file in Visual Studio 2010

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    It’s been a while since I had to do it.  However, as I’ve started to need to tweak FetchXML after I’ve built the baseline using my little trick , I realized I was doing things the hard way.  I was looking at the FetchXML reference on MSDN and...
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    Code Coverage for Silverlight and Windows Phone

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    As part of building my WP7 app , I spent a fair amount of time trying to get code coverage working for my unit tests. I tried a number of different approaches including using the Silverlight Unit Test Framework and NUnit + dotCover. I finally landed on...
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    CROSS POST: Microsoft announces new CRM app store for government organizations and schools of all sizes

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    http://www.microsoft.com/government/ww/public-services/blog/Pages/post.aspx?postID=323&aID=101
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    My CRM 2011 Validation Framework

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    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...
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    UPDATED SAMPLE: CRM 2011 Metro style OData helper

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    I’ve updated the sample I started here by implementing Create Update and Delete methods.  The library is still not complete or well tested, but it is at least a head start to building a CRUD capable Windows 8 Metro style application using the CRM...
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    DEVELOPER DINNER: Building Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2 and Beyond

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    IMPORTANT NOTE: This developer dinner will not be at a Microsoft facility.  Please make sure you take note of this. Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:00 PM - Thursday, January 15, 2009 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 5:30 PM Reston...
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