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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    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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    Building an editable grid for CRM 2011

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    This is a common question lately.  First, I strongly recommend you consider purchasing an addon that does this for you.  Build vs. buy is always touchy because sometimes it is easier just to write it than to get approval to purchase an addon...
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    What’s New in CRM 2011?

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    I’ve been asked this a few times lately.  I typically point people to MSDN and give them a PowerPoint slide deck.  To make it easier, I’m posting this as my single link reference.  What's New for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (MSDN) @devkeydet
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    What does a custom CRM solution look like?

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    UPDATED with the Grants Manager solution accelerator... There are many examples that I will be blogging about. Here is one that uses both Dynamics CRM 2011 Online and Windows Azure or Dynamics CRM 2011 and Windows Server on-prem. http://311center...
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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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    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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    A Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

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    DISCLAIMER: This is a rare “personal” / “rant” blog post.  I normally try to keep things focused on the technology. In my last blog post , I mentioned that I’m back to blogging again and that I would explain a little bit about why I haven’t been...
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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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    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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    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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    Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

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    If you are doing any work with Windows Azure or even thinking about it then you’ll want to check out the presentation Brian Prince ( @brianhprince ) gave at TechEd.  Definitely a MUST SEE.  I learned about a few tools I did not know about. http...
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    PubSec Dev Dinner on External Data and Services with SharePoint 2010

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    My old team is having a developer dinner tomorrow night titled Developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions Using External Data and Services.   See here for more details at http://bit.ly/kPUq5n . “… What you will learn SharePoint 2010 allows developers to...
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    Are you using Visual Studio PerfWatson?

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    You can do your part to make future releases of Visual Studio faster by installing this extension: “Would you like your performance issues to be reported automatically? Well now you can, with PerfWatson extension! Install this extension and assist the...
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    SCREENCAST: Hybrid Solutions with Windows Azure Connect

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    I’ve had many conversations lately with people about using Windows Azure to build “Hybrid Solutions.”  The typical response I get is “what’s that?”  When I explain that it is the concept of running part of your application in Windows Azure and...
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    Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!

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    Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It...
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    SCREENCAST: JavaScript Intellisense for SharePoint

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    In this screencast, you will learn how to get the most out of JavaScript programming with SharePoint 2010 projects in Visual Studio 2010. You will see how to get JavaScript Intellisense and debugging working for jQuery and the Client Object Model . You...
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