Script# & Dynamics CRM 2011

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 it, please watch this video first: https://channel9.msdn.com/events/mix/mix11/HTM16 I’ve been a fan of Script# ever since…

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Dynamics CRM 2011 Administration Resources

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 technologies Dynamics CRM 2011 builds on: Windows Server, SQL Server (including Reporting Services), IIS, and understanding…

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The best CRM Ribbon editing tool…IMHO

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

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 some good ideas that cover…

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My CRM 2011 Validation Framework

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 there.  Right now, it only supports regular expression validation.  However, if…

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Building an editable grid for CRM 2011

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.  However, building an editable grid can be time consuming, depending on the…

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What’s New in CRM 2011?

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?

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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