Tip #238: My workflow is my business

Workflow scope

Hey, everybody, Larry’s opportunity pipeline this month is again bigger than everyone else’s. Larry, what’s your secret? Larry, being somewhat softened by reasonable quantities of flavored C2H5OH, was more than happy to share his fortunes: It’s all about power of automatic workflows, my friends. See how I automatically increase opportunity value the moment it’s created? […]

Tip #236: How to be a time[r] lord

Timer Control

Spring ’14/SP1 release has introduced a number of very exciting features to the customer service functionality of Dynamics CRM including Service Level Agrements and Entitlements. The decision also has been made to introduce Spießrutenlaufen, previously reserved for developers, to the customer service officers. Yes, I’m talking about timer control The other good news is that […]

Tip #230: Ban the browse button

Adding assembly references

I like German words. Take, for example, Spießrutenlaufen. If you like me, and don’t speak a word of German, you know, just by looking, that the word means business, the word means corporal punishment. I often wonder if ignorance of the developers can be cured by introduction of Spießrutenlaufen for coders. Function is longer than […]

Tip #223: Firefox and a message box

Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs

Browsers are on a war path. First, in case you were wondering why editing emails in workflows no longer work, that’s because Chrome disabled showModalDialog, breaking bucketloads of CRM functionality relying on that. See this good summary for a comprehensive feature list and a temporary workaround. Firefox has been much sneakier than that. It kind […]

Tip #219: You want the top one

One invoice only

One of the challenges of creating reports is the lack of real data in development environment. There is not enough Nancies Davolios to simulate real volumes. For that reason alone production organization is often replicated “back” to test and development environments. Reports suddenly come to life and designers can see 7-figures opportunities and otherwise empty […]

Tip #215: Computer says ‘no’

Well, this is embarrassing. Remember that flogging I unleashed on unscrupulous developers being disrespectful to LINQ, performance and humanity in general? I was basking in my own cleverness of possessing the knowledge of LINQ operators including magic Any: Yesterday I had a chance to use what I preached and this is what I got in […]