Avoid nested conditionals in Microsoft Flow by using Guard Conditions ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Mar21

Avoid nested conditionals in Microsoft Flow by using Guard Conditions ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

After working as a developer for a quarter century I have seen my fair share of nested conditionals and probably caused way beyond my fair share.Nested conditionals make the code harder to read and simply less aesthetic. When working with Microsoft Flow, this becomes even more obvious with the screen real estate that the Flow designed requires. An alternative design pattern is to use… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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Dynamic content in Auto Numbers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Feb14

Dynamic content in Auto Numbers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

As the creator of the Auto Number Manager tool in XrmToolBox, I get two questions more than any other questions: How can I number existing records?How can I add dynamic content to the numbers? In a previous article I gave my solution to the first question. I will now dive into the second one and show a simple way of adding dynamic information from the numbered entity and related… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on...

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We create XrmToolBox tools at Dynamics 365 Saturdays! ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Feb12

We create XrmToolBox tools at Dynamics 365 Saturdays! ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

The community of developers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM in general and for XrmToolBox in particular is a great bunch of people. But I wish there were more of us – the more the merrier 😊 The D365 Saturday phenomenon with pro bono speakers at a full day event, free of charge for participants, has spread like wildfire over the last couple of years.The connection to the XrmToolBox… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on...

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Auto Numbering existing records in Microsoft Dynamics 365/CRM ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Feb02

Auto Numbering existing records in Microsoft Dynamics 365/CRM ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

As the creator of the Auto Number Manager tool in XrmToolBox, I get two questions more than any other questions: How can I number existing records?How can I add dynamic content to the numbers? To answer these questions once and for all, I will post my suggestions in two articles. I will step way outside my comfort zone of coding the solutions and give you strictly no-code… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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We created an XrmToolBox tool at Dynamics 365 Saturday Stockholm!
Nov15

We created an XrmToolBox tool at Dynamics 365 Saturday Stockholm!

Last Saturday some 100+ experts, partners and user of Microsoft Dynamics 365 met up at the Microsoft offices in Stockholm, Sweden for a day packed with content at the Dynamics 365 Saturday event. I delivered two sessions at the event, and in one of them I took on a somewhat challenging session called Let’s build an XrmToolBox tool! I started with a few introductory slides, to set the… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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Managed or Unmanaged solutions – a hot case still slightly open ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Nov07

Managed or Unmanaged solutions – a hot case still slightly open ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

The case is obviously not entirely closed. My recent article Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM received a lot of attention, and sparked writers, podcasters, tweeters and commenters around the world to give feedback, yell at me, agree with me, or simply continue the discussion both publicly and privately. Readers of the “Case Closed” article… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on...

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Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365
Sep29

Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365

If you have problems shifting gears in your car, you don’t call Volvo to say “Hey, I don’t like how this gear shifting thing works, so I’m just going to use reverse and drive backwards from now on.”What you probably do is call them to say “I’m having trouble shifting, you need to fix the problems or show me how to use it properly.“ Ever since Microsoft introduced the… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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Telling VS to not use latest packages ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Sep05

Telling VS to not use latest packages ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

When your C# projects are referencing NuGet packages, you are always encouraged to update to latest version.This can be annoying, when you really don’t want to. In the world of Microsoft Dynamics 365/CE/CRM, you may have to use SDK of previous major version (8.x), while Visual Studio still wants you to use the latest available packages (9.x). But there IS a way to tell Visual Studio to… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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FetchXML Builder and Friends at D365UG Virtual Summer Camp
Jul24

FetchXML Builder and Friends at D365UG Virtual Summer Camp

On August 7-9, the first ever Virtual Summer Camp for the Dynamics 365 platform will take place. During this free event the D365UG offer some 30+ sessions with focus on Customer Service and Field/Project Service. I will be doing one of a few cross vertical sessions, where I discuss and demonstrate some useful XrmToolBox tools that help customizers, administrators and users with information… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Relationship data analysis with XrmToolBox ⋆ Dynamics 365 Trenches
Jun28
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Relationship data analysis with XrmToolBox ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Jun28

Relationship data analysis with XrmToolBox ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

Background Relationships in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (CRM) and PowerApps Model Driven Apps can be decorated with a number of characteristics that define their behavior. These characteristics instruct the platform how to behave in regard to child data when different actions are taken on the parent record of the relationship. The configuration of relationships describe what… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Use VSTS to publish XrmToolBox plugins ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
May29

Use VSTS to publish XrmToolBox plugins ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

Recently a fellow D365 developer, Lars Müller, wrote an article on how to Build a versioned XrmToolBox plugin. I am taking this one step further, to show you how to create a complete CI/CD pipeline for your XrmToolBox tools.   Of course, the primary reason for creating an automated pipeline for Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment is to standardize versioning, naming, and any… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Use VSTS to publish XrmToolBox plugins – Dynamics 365 Trenches
May29
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Use Bulk Data Updater to update multiple attributes
Apr03
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Five ways to improve Quality and Productivity of Dynamics 365 development
Mar24
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Trace Size on Plugin Trace Log records
Jan12
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Integrating with FetchXML Builder
Jan10
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FetchXML Builder for Microsoft Dynamics 365/CRM got an extreme makeover
Jan09
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Jonas Rapp’s CRM Trenches: More Auto Numbering features
Oct15
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More Auto Numbering features – D365 Trenches
Oct15
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More Auto Numbering features ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Oct15

More Auto Numbering features ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

In my previous article I described the details of the new Auto Number attributes feature of Microsoft Dynamics 365, and how to manage them using Auto Number Manager for XrmToolBox. Since this article, a few new possibilities have been verified to be supported.   The most important new feature is the possibility to apply numbering to existing attributes!This means that you can now apply… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Auto Number attributes in Microsoft Dynamics 365
Oct06
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Jonas Rapp’s CRM Trenches: A canary in CRM
Sep24
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A canary in CRM ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Sep23

A canary in CRM ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

Have you ever faced a situation when you don’t know why your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement system behaves the way it does, or why your own plugins behave the way they do? If you have, this might be a good time to put a canary in your system. – A what?– A canary.  You know when we were manually laboring down the coal mines, it happened that drilling into the rock… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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A canary in CRM – D365 Trenches
Sep23
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Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS
Jun21
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Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Jun21

Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

Recently I posted a series of three articles describing our approach to DevOps for Microsoft Dynamics 365, and the technology behind it. After giving a session on this topic at CRM Saturday in Madrid, Spain, it is now time to announce “public preview” of our tools. If you want the full story – these are the articles describing the background and technology behind our tools: Part I –… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – D365 Trenches
Jun21
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Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part III
Apr20
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Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part II
Apr20
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Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part I
Apr20
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Developing plugins for analysis – part IV
Mar20
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Developing plugins for analysis – part III
Mar19
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Developing plugins for analysis – part II
Mar17
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Developing plugins for analysis – part I
Mar17
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I get by with a little help from my [base class]
Mar05
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CRM Saturday – XrmToolBox with Jonas Rapp
Jan30
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CRM, xRM, 365, CDS – are we chasing ghosts?
Dec01
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Show hierarchically related activities in subgrid
May09
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Show ALL related activities in a subgrid
Apr26
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Solution Segmentation for entity ribbons
Apr22
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Windows app for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in 5 minutes
Jan31
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Open Source projects and Microsoft Dynamics CRM
May30
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Create advanced views with FetchXML Builder
May30
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Reflections from eXtremeCRM Madrid 2015
Apr23
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Expectations for eXtremeCRM Madrid 2015
Apr19
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XrmToolBox – the success story so far
Apr13
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