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 ultimate documentation tool for Dynamics CRM 2011

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    SnapShot! for Dynamics CRM - http://www.crmaccelerators.net/products/snapshot-for-dynamics-crm …extracts and consolidates the following components: System Settings Entities Fields Relationships Views Forms Option Sets Field Security Security Roles Solutions...
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    The BEST SiteMap editor you probably don’t know about

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    One of the keys to being a more productive CRM developer is knowing what community tools are out there.  Sometimes, as soon as you think you have a favorite tool, you find another one that makes you smile.  Hopefully, I’m helping create one...
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    CRM Developer Toolkit & Visual Studio 2012

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    One of the things I have been getting asked about lately is “When will the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM   support Visual Studio 2012?”  It already does!  Just go download the latest version of the SDK .  You’ll find...
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    WEBCAST: CRM 2011 Team Development With Shan McArthur

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    UPDATE: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recording via the details link below. Team development for Dynamics CRM 2011 customizations is a topic I get into often with customers and partners.  The best, most comprehensive session I have...
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    LINQPad, CRM 2011, and using Office 365 accounts

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    I recently discovered that the LINQPad Plugin for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 doesn’t support authenticating using Office 365 credentials.  According to commenter EdWells , you can copy the latest version of crmsvcutil.exe and microsoft.xrm.sdk.dll...
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    Improving the performance of multiple Inserts, Updates, and Deletes via the CRM 2011 Organization Service

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    UPDATE: Now that Polaris/UR12 are out, the new bulk API is available. Check out Sonoma Partners blog post on a simple benchmark of the improvements . Now you can Combine the ne bulk API with client side parallelism to achieve even better performance....
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    Make sure your CRM 2011 customizations will work with the upcoming cross browser release

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    UPDATE: The Dynamics CRM in the Field blog just published a useful post on Script Errors after Installing UR12 . The next update to CRM 2011 introduces an expanded range of supported browsers. You can learn more about the upcoming release here: ...
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    CRM Solution Manager keeps getting better

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    Full disclosure, I received a free license from the authors of the tool.  However, I do believe it’s definitely worth the license fee . I’ve blogged previously about reasons for my fondness of the www.crmsolutionmanager.com addin to Visual Studio...
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    Improving perceived performance in a CRM form

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    In general web development, there are useful patterns to improving the perceived performance in a web page.  A great example is this blog post: http://blog.michaelckennedy.net/2012/11/13/improve-perceived-performance-of-asp-net-mvc-websites-with...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure: Configuring Single Sign On (SSO)

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    NOTE: While these instructions may work, they are fairly old. If you are using Visual Studio 2013, there's a much quicker way to accomplish the same end goal. See: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/videos/azure-identity-application-to-authenticate...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure Series

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    I’ve been working with a few CRM Online customers on some advanced scenarios which require using Windows Azure as part of their overall solution.  As a result, I will be publishing series of blog posts and samples which walk you through the following...
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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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    Virtual Convergence 2013

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    Two days ago, the Convergence team announced Virtual Convergence 2013: https://twitter.com/MSFTConvergence/status/310740576477782016 If you aren’t familiar with Convergence, it is similar to the likes of past technical conferences like PDC/MIX or current...
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    Microsoft CRM Enterprise Academy

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    I work with enterprise customers and have been involved in a number of enterprise implementations of Dynamics CRM.  One of the #1 things I get asked all the time is “where is the enterprise CRM training?”  The Microsoft CRM Enterprise Academy...
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    WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Unit Testing Dynamics CRM Plugin and JavaScript code

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    Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation on Unit Testing Dynamics CRM Plugin and JavaScript code hosted by http://www.xrmvirtual.com/ .  I’ll update this post when the recording is available.  However, the webcast was basically a shortened...
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    A primer in Extended CRM Development

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    UPDATE (06MAY2013): If you like the idea of implementing more functionality using point and click configuration (like in Part II) without having to write code (like in Part III), then you might want to have a look at North 52 Formula Manager . I have...
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    Convergence 2013 Recordings

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    As Girish says in his post: “If you didn’t attend Convergence 2013, you can still watch the recording of the keynotes and breakout sessions by registering for the Virtual Convergence. Best part is that it is completely free!” More details here: http:...
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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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    Doing CSS the right way with Dynamics CRM

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    One of a few practices I see when people customize Dynamics CRM that usually comes back to haunt them during update rollups or upgrades is directly referencing the CSS files and classes that come with the product.  It’s an innocent enough mistake...
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    A government cloud for Dynamics CRM Online

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    I’m happy to share that Curt Kolcun , Vice President, U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, has just blogged some great news!  Check it out: http://bit.ly/1qVtfn5 @devkeydet
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    Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference

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    February 2-4, 2015, Seattle WA Hear from Jujhar Singh, General Manager of Program Management for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, about why you should be a part of the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference. Equal parts education, networking, and fun, the Microsoft...
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    Debug CRM Online Plugins

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    Debugging plugins in CRM Online just got a lot better with the latest version of the plugin registration tool that ships with CRM 2015.  In the video below, I walk you through how to debug CRM Online plugins using Visual Studio. @devkeydet
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