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Easy use of AliasedValue in Dynamics CRM plugins

Easy use of AliasedValue in Dynamics CRM plugins

If you’ve ever written more complex plugins that retrieve data of linked entities, chances are you’ve come across the AliasedValue object… and had a hard time with it. We’re here to help you with that! What is AliasedValue? Simply put, these AliasedValues are wrappers which…

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Microsoft Forms to Dynamics 365

Microsoft Forms to Dynamics 365

Microsoft recently introduced Microsoft Forms, which is now in preview. Forms is an easy way to interact with people and capture their feedback. Responses are saved directly as a form response with native export to excel capabilities. But more important Microsoft Flow has a building…

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Reading Dynamics 365 system settings using Web API

Reading Dynamics 365 system settings using Web API

The dynamics 365 system settings as grown over the last couple of years, by now it contains a lot of settings that can also be useful when customizing or extending the system. Recently we needed the Bing API key (Dynamics 365 on premise) in our…

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Speed up your Dynamics 365 JavaScript development!

Speed up your Dynamics 365 JavaScript development!

A lot of developers that are introduced to JavaScript development in Dynamics 365 have the same first, quite negative reaction: They find it a slow process (upload, publish, Ctrl + F5). It’s too time consuming. It’s hard to debug.  … Indeed when working on bigger…

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Stuck on “Requesting data from Dynamics 365”

Stuck on “Requesting data from Dynamics 365”

Over the last couple of days, three different people asked me a similar question related to forms stuck while loading. Even though they formulated it differently (or even forgot to mention the environment got upgraded). It always came down to: After an upgrade from Dynamics CRM 2016…

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Using only the first record of a result set in Logic Apps

Using only the first record of a result set in Logic Apps

Today a client requested me to provide an endpoint they could  trigger to create Trial Keys in their CRM from an external website. They pass in a product identifier (Product ID) and expect the GUID of the Trial Key as a response. My initial thought…

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Drag & Drop functionalities within Dynamics CRM

Drag & Drop functionalities within Dynamics CRM

It’s finally there; drag & drop functionalities within Dynamics CRM. For as long as I can remember, clients always wanted to simplify the process of uploading files in CRM. Granted, up until today adding a note in Dynamics CRM is one of the most clicky operations. If…

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When to use the pre-validation stage in the plugin pipeline?

When to use the pre-validation stage in the plugin pipeline?

If the purpose of your plugin is to validate (what’s in a name) data in your record or normalizing it before save, chances are you want to use the Pre-Validation stage. On a recent project, I saw people consistently doing these kinds of validations in…

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External assemblies in Dynamics  CRM plugins with ILMerge

External assemblies in Dynamics CRM plugins with ILMerge

A requirement that has been around since Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 is the capability of using functionality from external assemblies in plugins. A very common example of this is using Newtonsoft.Json dll to convert REST data to Type Objects. Now, with CRM 4 On premise there was…

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Run workflows on child records without custom development

Run workflows on child records without custom development

Did you know you can easily start workflows on child records of your current entity without any custom development in Dynamics CRM? A typical scenario in which you would want this functionality is updating the address of your child contacts when the address of your account is…

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