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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    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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    CRM Online & Windows Azure: Improving the SSO experience

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    This is supposed to be one of a series of CRM Online & Windows Azure posts for which I have been building some samples.  While I really wanted to make this the second or third post, someone needed the explanation sooner, so this will be somewhat...
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    ASP.NET MVC "step by step"

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    Rob Conery   is "creating an ongoing series of webcasts and blog posts, documenting the building of an eCommerce storefront using ASP.NET MVC."  As of yesterday, there are 7 installments in the series.  I haven't gotten around...
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    InfoStrat releases a Virtual Earth control for both WPF and Surface to CodePlex

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    I’ve been waiting for this day to happen for a LONG TIME .  I’ve been working with WPF, Virtual Earth, and Surface for quite a while now.  If you’ve followed my blog, you’ve seen some hacked up samples showing various ways of getting Virtual...
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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 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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    Integrating Virtual Earth 3D into WPF and Surface Applications for Mere Mortals

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    I just published a Channel 9 interview with Josh Wall and Josh Blake from InfoStrat about their Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) and Surface controls that make integrating Virtual Earth 3D a breeze.  Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/Ch9InfoStratVE...
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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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    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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    TIP: Associate a schema with an XML file in Visual Studio 2010

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    It’s been a while since I had to do it.  However, as I’ve started to need to tweak FetchXML after I’ve built the baseline using my little trick , I realized I was doing things the hard way.  I was looking at the FetchXML reference on MSDN and...
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    Building Virtual Earth applications just keeps getting easier

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    I've given a number of presentations on Virtual Earth development over the last couple years.  The first thing ASP.NET WebForms developers say to me is how bummed they are that they have to write JavaScript.  That's understandable.  ASP...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Cross domain calls from JavaScript

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    It’s exciting times for web developers.  Many of the hoops we used to have to jump through are being eliminated as more browsers support more of the HTML5 spec and more people are using modern browsers.  One of the things that has me excited...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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