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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    Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Service Bus Relay

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    The Windows Azure Service Bus Relay enables applications hosted anywhere with an internet connection to securely call back to applications hosted in your own datacenter behind a firewall.  The CRM 2011 SDK offers documentation on how to use the Windows...
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    CRM Online + Windows Azure = Many Possibilities

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    I have spent some time lately working with both potential CRM Online customers and partners who were unaware of the what’s really possible when you combine CRM Online with Windows Azure.  I primarily work with customers/partners building “enterprise...
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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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    New Features for the CRM 2011 JavaScript Model Generator

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    I blogged about this handy community tool before.  See here .  I just noticed that there’s an update version, as of 3-21-2012, with some new features.  From the Release Notes: Now supports mult-forms and explicitly setting which attributes...
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    SAMPLE: Editable grid for CRM 2011 using jqGrid

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    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...
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    Two MUST HAVE CRM 2011 Resource Lists

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    I just discovered two TechNet Wiki’s that are indispensible: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Resources Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Development Resources Add these two to your favorites/bookmarks.  This is the best running list of resources for Dynamics...
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    CRM 2011 JavaScript Model Generator

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    http://dkdt.me/ycgdJJ   This my newest favorite tool for Dynamics CRM development!!! It’s a tool that creates a ViewModel-esque class for a given form.  As the text on the home page says: “The JS Model Generator will go and grab the Form XML...
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    Dynamics CRM 2011 Script# Xrm.Page library

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    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...
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    Minifying your CRM 2011 JavaScript and CSS

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    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...
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    Getting a more Metro-like desktop

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    So I made the leap.  I am using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview as my primary laptop.  Given that I use a number of Hyper-V VMs, I am really diggin the Client Hyper-V feature of Windows 8.  No more reboot, boot to my Win2k8R2 base OS, spin...
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    Do you want to customize help in CRM 2011?

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    I’ve run into a number of customers/partners who want to customize or replace the out of the box help in CRM 2011.  The guidance in the SDK is to host your custom help documentation in your own web site and surface in the CRM UI from the Get Started...
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    Dynamics CRM 2011 Developer Tips and Tricks

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    Yesterday, I delivered a presentation with this title to the CRMUG US Public Sector SIG.  This deck is basically a set of things that I either wondered myself or have been asked by customers since shifting my focus from pure app dev to building solutions...
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    Cross domain calls to the parent CRM 2011 form

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    UPDATE: Added reference to another blog post that does a great job of going into the cross-document / cross-domain issue. Fixed some grammar/typos. UPDATE2: You might also be interested in my newer post: Cross domain calls from JavaScript I’ve...
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    Displaying a lookup as a dropdown in a CRM 2011 form

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    UPDATE (04JUN2013):  If you need to evolve this sample to support a one to many relationship represented as a multi-select, I like this multi-select control which can be themed with jQuery UI themes . Another scenario from a customer: We want to...
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    Showing a jQuery UI dialog in a CRM 2011 form

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    I was asked how to implement the following scenario in a CRM 2011 form (paraphrased): Show an alert notification indicator in the header When the user to click the notification indicator, show a dialog with the details of the alert Here’s how I did it...
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    Referencing JavaScript files from a CDN in a CRM 2011 form

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    UPDATE: I’ve changed the approach in this post because the original code has some side effects where it doesn’t always load correctly, plus I discovered RequireJS . I’m a big fan of referencing JavaScript files from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) when...
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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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    RELEASE: devkeydetValidation for CRM 2011 (1.1.70.0)

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    I’ve gone through and fixed the major bugs filed for My CRM 2011 Validation Framework .  I still have improvements to make, but wanted to focus on the bugs that were preventing people from using the framework “as-is” without tweaking the code themselves...
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    CRM 2011 Client Side VsDoc

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    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.  I asked him to put it on NuGet so it...
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    Merging CRM 2011 Solutions

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    In the Organize Your Team To Develop Solutions section of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK , there is a section that talks about merging 2 or more unmanaged solutions by importing them into a master solution.  However, the SDK doesn’t exactly...
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    Script# & Dynamics CRM 2011

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    UPDATE: I’ve gotten feedback from folks that I should remind everyone that there is now a Dynamics CRM 2011 Script# Xrm.Page library . Script# (aka ScriptSharp) allows you to write C# code that compiles into JavaScript.  If you aren’t familiar with...
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    Dynamics CRM 2011 Administration Resources

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    NOTE: I will update this post periodically. Although my focus is on Dynamics CRM 2011 as a development platform, I get asked about Administration resources all the time.  Basically, you need the fundamental admin skills required for the underlying...
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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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    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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    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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