Tip #199: Form customizing ninja

True ninja knows Himitsu iri or the art of “Silent movement”. Ability to move quickly and without screeching mouse noise is crucial when it comes to quickly whipping a prototype or putting out fire in production. Minimizing mouse movements is important skill that keeps your boss, your customers and your wrist happy. These are just […]

Tip #197: Don’t forget the cascading

You implement Microsoft Dynamics CRM and create a custom entity called “Account Review” as a child of the account entity. This entity is part of a sales management account review process. You make the entity relationship parental so that deletions and re-assignments of account records will cascade to related Account Review records. Five years later, when […]

Tip #196: Why can’t I funnel or pie?

I received an excellent question this morning: “Dear Tip, why can’t I do a funnel or pie chart? These buttons are grayed out!” The reason the buttons for funnel and pie are grayed out is because the chart definition includes multiple categories. Pie and funnel charts only support single groupings (series and category). When doing […]

Tip #194: When automatic update is not your friend

tl;dr Nuget is a great tool and a real timesaver but beware of automatic updates that can unexpectedly bring incompatible or broken builds of third-party libraries and that will, in turn, break your plugins or workflows. The real story or “I saw the whole thing” Friday, August 1st, 6:00PM All users logoff and CRM is […]

Tip #193: Check your duplicate detection rules after solution imports

Today’s tip was submitted to the tip jar by Jef Smets. Got a tip that you want to share? Send it to jar@crmtipoftheday.com. For quite some time now our duplicate detection rules seemed to be un-publishing themselves from time to time… Nobody had any idea why until I discovered today that duplicate detection rules are unpublished […]

Tip #192: Defensive script writing

Event Handler Dependencies

(Today’s tip is actually two-in-one but we’ll get to that.) Over the years as a CRM jackofalltrades I learned that to create truly reusable, bug-free and resilient systems is very important to write your scripts as if the next team member, who comes after you, dedicated their entire career to destroying your life’s work. Consider […]