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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    The new bulk API in Polaris/UR12

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    If you haven’t heard, CRM Online has completed the Polaris rollout and UR12 is available .  With it comes a new bulk API which makes programmatic data import into Dynamics CRM 2011 faster.  Check out Sonoma Partners blog post on a simple benchmark...
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    REMINDER: I constantly update my dev tips n tricks deck

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    I’ve been tweaking my tips n tricks deck over the last few months based on new findings, thoughts, etc.  Just wanted to remind people to reference the skydrive version vs. downloading it and saving it locally.  That way you always see the latest...
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    Visual Studio, ALM & Dynamics CRM

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    UPDATE (17MAY2013): There’s now a whitepaper on the topic as well: ALM for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: CRM Solution Lifecycle Management NOTE: I’ve included related links to both Visual Studio 2010 & 2012 content.  Even thought the Developer...
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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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    Geocoding and displaying a map for an address in CRM 2011

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    There are a few blog posts out there that cover this topic, but the ones I’ve found don’t take you through it step by step.  I will, however, make assumptions like you know how to create an entity, add web resources to a form, etc.  Here goes...
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    UPDATED SAMPLE: CRM 2011 Windows Store App OData helper

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    I worked with a partner, EastBanc Technologies , who used the approach I blogged about here and here to build a Windows Store App for a Dynamics CRM solution.  The folks at EastBanc Technologies found some bugs.  We worked together to fix the...
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    CRM 2011, Visual Studio, and Source Control of non-code customizations

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    In the latest release of the Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK, a new tool was introduced which creates new options for how teams can source control their non-code customizations.  The tool is called SolutionPackager.  I encourage you to read the following...
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    Setting up a Microsoft Cloud trial

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    CRM Online based solutions often run across the broader Microsoft Cloud, not just CRM Online alone.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  So here’s a picture that hits home this point at a high level. To help people get started...
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    Using LINQPad with the CRM Online OData service

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    I’ve been a longtime fan of LINQPad ( www.linqpad.net ) as a general purpose tool for executing LINQ queries with various LINQ enabled technologies as well as a general purpose scratchpad for testing out .NET code without having to fire up Visual Studio...
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    Batch updating fields with crmsvcutil generated code

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    Scenario: “I love early bound code because of compile time checking, LINQ query enablement, etc.  I want to batch update a bunch of records, but OrganizationServiceContext.SaveChanges() executes under the hood as one web service call per entity. ...
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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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    MSDN Magazine Article: Building Government Business Applications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    I happy to share that the article Andy Schultz ( @andrewbschultz ) and I coauthored for the MSDN Magazine – Special Government Issue,  Oct 2013 has been published.  You can read the entire issue here: http://aka.ms/msdnmaggov The article we...
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    Tools to make sure you are writing upgradeable CRM customizations

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    With the release of CRM 2011 UR12, which introduced cross browser support, and the release of CRM 2013, there were two tools made available to you to check both your JavaScript code and your server side code for unsupported customizations: Microsoft Dynamics...
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    Authenticating to an Azure hosted web service from CRM Online Sandbox code

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    UPDATE (14MAR2013): Uploaded a modified sample which addresses storing credentials in secure config and adds comments around how to encrypt those credentials.  While I show a synchronous plugin in the demo for simplicity of the walkthrough, you should...
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    FOLLOW UP: Albany Developer Conference

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    Thanks to everyone who attended!  You can get to the decks and code from here .
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    RELEASED: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper

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    We've officially released!  If you've been paying attention to the project, you might have noticed that there was a release on March 3, 2008.  I know a few of you have been paying attention because there were 58 downloads before we released...
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    UPDATE: New Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper release

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    One of our team members found a bug.  We fixed it and created a new release today.  Bug details and release download are available at http://www.codeplex.com/VEJS/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=12065 . We are ramping up for our next...
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    DC Launch Follow Up

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    Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch.  The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO...
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    Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper codeplex project update for those who want to contribute

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    Unfortunately, there was a configuration snafu with the email address I gave out for you to request access to the project as a contributor.  If you you sent an email from a non Microsoft email address prior to this post, then you received a "Delivery...
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    The robotics webcast is TODAY!

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    Due to a typo by yours truly, the announcement here had the wrong date.  The webcast is TODAY from 2-3:30 EST.  I have updated the original post to reflect the correct date.  Sorry for any confusion.
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    WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Building Workflow Services (WF+WCF) with Visual Studio 2008

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    Thanks to everyone who attended. Sorry for the technical difficulties with Live Meeting as well as accidentally doing one of my demos out of order. Hopefully it wasn't too confusing. The deck is here . The demos I used are split into a few downloads....
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    WEBCAST: Microsoft Robotics Studio – An Introduction

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    UPDATE: The date for this webcast in the original post was wrong.  The date of this webcast is February 27, 2008 (updated below).  Hopefully, if you registered, you noticed this.  Sorry for the confusion. Microsoft Robotics Studio (MSRS...
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    It's Launch season!

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    That's right, we're right on the verge of the Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 launch events. They start on February 27th in cities across the country. I'll be presenting the Defy Occasionally Connected Challenges with Smart...
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    DOWNLOAD LINKS: Public Sector Developer Conference (LA / San Diego)

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    UPDATE: Added VSTO deck and some LINQ lab links (say that three times fast) Joel promised folks. Thanks to everyone who attended! As promised, I have gathered all the decks and code. Here are the links: The Benefits of Visual Studio Team System to Your...
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    WEBCAST: Introducing Internet Information Server 7 for Developers

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    I'm really excited to have Drew Robbins speak about IIS7 next week. To me, IIS7 is the thing that developers will care most about in Windows Server 2008. Don't miss this opportunity to find out why! Abstract Learn about new developer features that help...
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