What does a custom CRM solution look like?

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.codeplex.com/ Microsoft 311 Accelerator for Dynamics CRM 2011 Microsoft 311 Service Center accelerator is an integrated citizen…

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My CRM Dev VM

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 to shield themselves from conflicting with work from other devs.  For CRM, this usually means…

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My “crash course” in Dynamics CRM 2011 Development

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 what I used).  The foundational technologies you will need to understand are: Visual Studio…

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A Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

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.  I didn’t get into blogging by choice.  I did…

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From BackgroundWorker, to TPL, to Async

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 was my best friend when I needed to executed some code in the…

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