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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    Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

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    UPDATE (4/5/2010): I uploaded a newer version with a few minor tweaks.  I finally created a screencast for this sample: http://tinyurl.com/WpfMefStartupScreencast UPDATE (2/27/2010): I uploaded a newer version of the sample.  I fixed some bugs...
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    Updated Developer Tips and Tricks Deck

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    I spend a lot of time talking to .NET developers who are looking at building business applications using Dynamics CRM.  They journey to understanding how to be a productive Dynamics CRM developer can sometimes be daunting.  There’s a bit to...
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    The unofficial biography of Microsoft, ASP.NET, Ajax, and jQuery

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    The Microsoft Ajax strategy has been a bit of a winding road.  Even if you’ve kept up with the evolution, as I have, you might be a little confused.  Today, Scott Guthrie published a blog post announcing that Microsoft’s first submissions to...
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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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    Virtual Earth: Drawing on the map and storing the result in SQL Server 2008

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    During my Virtual Earth Workshop at the GIS-T ( www.gis-t.org ) conference, I demo'd how to execute a spatial query in a VE scenario by using JavaScript, WCF, and SQL Server 2008.  The query returned GeoRSS to the browser so the VE map control could...
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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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    Free training on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET MVC

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    Looking for free introductory training on the .NET 3.5 SP1 & ASP.NET MVC?  Head over to Jonathan Carter's blog to get all the details on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RTM .  What will you find?  Information and links to download...
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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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    FOLLOW UP: DevDinner – Silverlight 4, WCF RIA Services, MVVM

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    Ok, this is a first!  I have always had good intentions of getting the follow up material for a developer dinner out before the dinner started.  However, my schedule inevitably has gotten in the way.  I can finally say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    MVVM Toolkit for WPF

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    The Model View ViewModel pattern has become very popular for building WPF applications.  Until now, there wasn’t much guidance/tooling from Microsoft to help you get started with MVVM.  The WPF team just released an early preview of the MVVM...
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    Consuming REST services using HttpClient

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    If you have a need to consume REST Services from .NET Framework based code, then you should really have look at the WCF Rest Starter Kit .  There is a handy class called HttpClient that is, in my opinion, provides the best / cleanest way to consume...
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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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    REMINDER: SharePoint BCS connector for CRM

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    I’ve been going through a bunch of CRM integration scenarios to refresh my “hands on” abilities.  You have to do that in a job like mine, otherwise you’re just a talking head that doesn’t know what you’re talking about .  Anyway, the topic of...
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    WEBCAST: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

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    The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a new release that provides new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET in 2008. This release delivers a set of new features that target: Enabling High Productivity Data Scenarios - including MVC, Entity...
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    RELEASED: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper for 6.2

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    Thanks to the quick effort from Chris Pietschmann , I am happy to announce that we have an updated version of the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper that is in sync with the update Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2.  You can learn more about...
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    Police Department Protects Citizens ... with Windows 7

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    Pat Weikle, who is an Architect Evangelist on my team , just blogged about some great work he was a part of: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/07/08/police-department-protects-citizens-of-vernon-hills-illinois-with-windows-7.aspx Here...
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    CRM Solution Manager

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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 been using the CRM Solution Manager add in for Visual Studio quite a bit lately.  I’ve grown fond of...
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    YOU’RE INVITED: Windows Phone 7 Developer Event

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              Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Windows® Phone 7 is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications...
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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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    SnagL: Visualizing Government Data using Silverlight

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    My job at Microsoft is to focus on developers building software for the U.S. Government (directly or indirectly).  When talking to folks about Silverlight , I get asked quite often whether it is being used on U.S. Government networks (including classified...
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