Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles January 2019
Feb18

Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles January 2019

Quotes “New ideas emerge when you question the assumptions upon which a problem is based”   Shane Snow if you can’t stand the heat of development, step away from the keyboard #HoskCodeWisdom  When Hosk is the answer, your problems are much worse than you first thought #HoskWisdom Articles of the Month Dynamics 365 Model-Driven app — Capture entity image using device camera  Down the snake, the certifications numbers have...

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Recommended reading for software engineers
Jan29

Recommended reading for software engineers

In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. Charlie Munger Books allow you to delve deep into a topic, stop focusing on doing and think about your situation, your approach and effectiveness.  Spending time on design before writing code creates better quality code, thinking about how you code, run a scrum team, deliver a project, work with people helps you do these things better. Reading a...

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We are all beta testers for Microsoft Dynamics 365
Jan18

We are all beta testers for Microsoft Dynamics 365

Working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 is often painful but always exciting #HoskCodeWisdom Microsoft Dynamics 365 version 9 has seen a lot of bugs in Microsoft Dynamics 365, particularly an increase in bugs in the core functionality, not just new functionality.   I have heard a few Dynamics professional say “We are beta testers for Microsoft Dynamics 365” What’s happening and why is it so bad This is my opinion with no...

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Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles December 2018
Jan09

Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles December 2018

Quotes Mediocre people don’t like high achievers, and high achievers don’t like mediocre people.  Nick Saban There is no such thing as requirements so clear that no developer could misinterpret them #HoskCodeWisdom Articles of the Month Dynamics 365 CE integrations scenarios with Azure Functions Great Dynamics 365 articles this month The successful growth of the Birmingham CRMUG Make higher quality Apps with Solution...

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Dynamics professionals salary survey 2018 and other stats
Jan07

Dynamics professionals salary survey 2018 and other stats

Developers aren’t free because they need money and we need work #HoskCodeWisdom Effort is the price, experience, knowledge and skills is what you get #HoskCodeWisdom The start of the year is a trigger for people to reflect on their career, goals and happiness in their current role.  The Nigel Frank Dynamics salary survey is a tool to help you understand if you’re paid the market average and other information about Dynamics...

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The successful growth of the Birmingham CRMUG
Dec19

The successful growth of the Birmingham CRMUG

Learning and keeping up with Dynamics 365 is difficult, new features, services and functionality is being released at an increasing rate.  This makes working with the Dynamics community and sharing knowledge is more important now than ever I presented at the Birmingham CRMUG on November 28th, with a presentation on change in Dynamics called – Dynamics 365 is survival of the most adaptable.  This was the 10th meeting of the...

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Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles November 2018
Dec12

Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles November 2018

Quotes IT projects are not about delivering technology they are about enabling users #HoskCodeWisdom The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. – Peter F. Drucker Articles of the Month Integration of Azure machine Learning with Dynamics 365 Great Dynamics 365 articles this month {Solved} Call Web API from within a plugin in Dynamics 365 online The pains of an Microsoft Dynamics migration Dynamics...

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Why avoiding being wrong is slowing your progress
Dec10

Why avoiding being wrong is slowing your progress

You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one. Bob Parsons Is your goal being right or getting to the right solution?  People go to lengths to avoid being wrong but tomorrow will it matter whose was right or who came up with the idea? Being wrong is the path to success with a detour.  We seek out when we are wrong, understand why and move on.  Our ego demands we right, our feelings hate being wrong but the quickest way...

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Interesting resources for Dynamics professionals from Ignite 2018
Nov23

Interesting resources for Dynamics professionals from Ignite 2018

Learning never stops, never ends, never finishes #HoskWisdom Ignite has a wealth of resources for Dynamics professional.  The problem is not having enough videos to watch, the problem is there is too many and finding the ones interesting to Dynamics professionals. I have picked out some of the presentations that look interesting.  I haven’t watched them all but I have watched a bunch of them. This has been really useful to see...

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Change will make or break your project
Nov22

Change will make or break your project

“It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.” ~ Alvin Toffler Change will make or break your project, changes can‘t be controlled your reaction can.  A fixed mindset breaks instead of bends when confronted with change.  Change is constant, some don’t adapt, others adapt enough to survive, a few use change to be successful.  The less rigid and more adaptable you are, the fewer times you get stuck. Technology,...

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Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles October 2018
Nov16

Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles October 2018

Quotes Some solutions are so complex, only an architect could create them #HoskCodeWisdom There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. William Barclay Articles of the Month Microsoft Ignite 2018 Event Recap – PowerApps & Microsoft Flow sessions ILMERGE is not supported, if you use it Microsoft can choose not to offer you any support Great Dynamics 365 articles this...

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Write your code, do your job, focus on the details, predict problems
Nov12

Write your code, do your job, focus on the details, predict problems

You’re only as good as the code you create #HoskCodeWisdom It’s easy to get distracted by the noise of work but it puts more pressure on yourself and your team.  If everyone focused on their role and responsibilities, doing their tasks to the best of their abilities we get more done and it will be to a higher quality. People get distracted by The internet People Are other people doing their job properly Helping other people do...

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Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp – Security, Scale groups, releases and some technical stuff
Oct25

Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp – Security, Scale groups, releases and some technical stuff

   If a Dynamics professional isn’t learning, they are falling behind #HoskCodeWisdom A post with more information of what is the Microsoft FastTrack Architect bootcamp can found here, it includes  pictures from my first day.  The blog post is a bit rambling but I didn’t want to release it in a number of posts. The notes here are snippets and bits I found interesting or useful, they include Hosk thoughts, opinions and...

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Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp training in Frankfurt
Oct23

Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp training in Frankfurt

The more you learn, the further you go #HoskWisdom One of the great things for working for Capgemini is they want individuals to grow and improve.  This means I get to go to training and events.  Early this year I went to Extreme 2018 in Dubrovnik What we are looking forward to at Extreme 365 — Dubrovnik  This week I am on the Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp.  The course is run by some of the Fast Track engineers who work on...

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Dynamics 365 Customisation and configuration – MB2-716 study notes
Oct10

Dynamics 365 Customisation and configuration – MB2-716 study notes

I studied for the latest Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration certification, this is the 6th version I have passed.  Each time I take the certification I learn something new about Microsoft Dynamics, it’s limitations and how it works. My previous study notes are here MB2-712 – CRM 2016 customisation and configuration Hosk study notes , the notes below are new things I learnt and built on top of the previous...

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Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles September 2018
Oct08

Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles September 2018

Quotes The pain of legacy code never goes away #HoskCodeWisdom Writing code is a long lesson in humility #HoskCodeWisdom   Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher Articles of the Month Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service updates and upgrades What Developers Should Know from Microsoft Build Great Dynamics 365 articles this month Dynamics...

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The new Microsoft Dynamics 365 release schedule is coming
Oct03

The new Microsoft Dynamics 365 release schedule is coming

You might have missed or ignored Microsoft’s post on the new update cadence because few people use the term update cadence.  What update cadence refers to is the NEW MICROSOFT DYNAMICS RELEASE schedule, the change is two major updates to Dynamics 365 online twice a year at the same time (in each region) with no way to opt out or schedule. WHAT!  You mean Microsoft Dynamics 365‘ in a region will upgrade at the same time potentially...

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The pressure of IT projects make people doubt themselves at the time they need to believe in themselves
Sep10

The pressure of IT projects make people doubt themselves at the time they need to believe in themselves

The pressure of IT projects make people doubt themselves at the time they need to believe in themselves #HoskCodeWisdom It’s easy believing your plan is the right thing to do before the start but when it begins, money is being spent pressure builds and those easy decisions suddenly become scary decisions. When the pressure is on, people can doubt decisions because now decisions carry consequences but it’s at this moment...

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Good code is like underwear
Sep04

Good code is like underwear

Good code is like underwear. Simple, short and and a joy to look at #HoskCodeWisdom Developers write complex code because they don’t have enough time to write simple code.  To get to a place to write simple code you need to have understood the key requirements and create a simple design. When explaining a subject, an expert identifies the key points, the hierarchy of knowledge and can explain it.  People who don’t...

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Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles August 2018
Sep03

Hosk’s recommended Dynamics 365 and other articles August 2018

Quotes I’m an artist, my canvas is Microsoft Dynamics 365 #HoskWisdom Write fewer lines of code but which do more #HoskCodeWisdom “To live in the past is to die in the present.” – Bill Belichick Articles of the Month Getting started as a Dynamics 365 CE Developer  Custom controls and advanced client side business logic for model-driven Microsoft PowerApps Great Dynamics 365 articles this month Dynamics 365 Multi-Select...

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The future of Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects
Aug31

The future of Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects

The future of Dynamics 365 projects will be defined by the people implementing them #HoskCodeWisdom Dynamics professionals should embrace new technologies and services.  Technology changes and evolves and Dynamics 365 projects adapt to take advantage of them. Microsoft dropped CRM from Dynamics product, projects evolved from case management, sales pipeline and transforming excel spreadsheets into enterprise projects including legacy...

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Will development move towards no code solutions?
Aug08

Will development move towards no code solutions?

Being a developer is hard, being a good developer is very hard and being a bad developer is merely difficult #HoskCodeWisdom   Code is bad. It rots. It requires periodic maintenance. It has bugs that need to be found. New features mean old code has to be adapted.  Code is the enemy – Skrentablog Microsoft are talking about the citizen developer, improving PowerApps and Flow. Should developers and companies invest time and...

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Hosk’s Recommended Dynamics 365 Articles July 2018
Aug01

Hosk’s Recommended Dynamics 365 Articles July 2018

Quotes You cannot forget when you do something amazing #HoskWisdom Projects and code always take longer than expected #HoskWisdom The pain of legacy code never goes away #HoskCodeWisdom Articles of the Month HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE OCTOBER 2018 BUSINESS APPLICATION RELEASE NOTES What is the Custom Control Framework, and why should Dynamics 365 developers be excited about it? Best of the rest Writing TypeScript Packages for Dynamics 365...

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When a Patch to Microsoft Dynamics 365 can break your instance
Jun26

When a Patch to Microsoft Dynamics 365 can break your instance

  “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt We had problems importing solutions in a sandbox instances for Microsoft Dynamics 365. It was because different instances having different versions of Microsoft Dynamics 365. This article looks at the potential problems of patches. Upgrading We have been upgrading customisations to make them Microsoft Dynamics 365 version 10 compliant and...

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How we try to speed up IT projects and why it doesn’t work
Jun04
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Great posts on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Software Engineering from the Capgemini team
May17
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Advice on improving as a Microsoft Dynamics 365 developer
May11
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Dynamics 365 Online Deployment – MB2-715 study notes
Apr30
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How inverting problems can help you become a better software engineer
Apr27
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Extreme365 – Dubrovnik is going to be great
Mar16
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Why apprentices work well with Dynamics development
Mar12
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The Hosk is writing again
Mar05

The Hosk is writing again

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Why developers should read books
Mar02
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Meet great Dynamics 365 people in London 21st November 6pm
Nov21
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How to improve as Dynamics 365 developer
Sep27
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Hosk’s Top Dynamics 365 Articles of the week – 14th – August
Aug14
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Dynamics 365 – You cannot stop Dynamics 365 updating but you can be prepared
Aug09
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Dynamics Salary survey 2017
Aug04
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Dynamics 365 – Solutions and stage for upgrade
Aug01
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Dynamics 365 – Problems debugging fields on a form
Jul24
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Don’t let a marshmallow crush your project
Jul04
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Hosk’s Top Dynamics 365 Articles of the week – 16th June
Jun16
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Dynamics 365 – How to install the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Developer Toolkit
Apr28
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Dynamics 365 – Alternate keys can stop duplicates
Apr26
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