Tip #967: UI testing for Dynamics 365

Fake

Software testing is important and Dynamics 365 is no exception. Fundamentally, developing for Dynamics 365 is different from developing, say, an ASP.NET MVC application but, users don’t really care, do they? It’s a software that hopefully delivers business value, deal with it. Developers who recognize the importance of the process, have always been making inroads […]

Tip #965: Pass Parameters to Quick Create Form

Create together

If additional initialization logic is required when a form is opened, Dynamics 365 offers a choice between setting default field values (easy) and configuring custom parameters (not as easy but straightforward). Quick forms also take parameters when opened. But, as Daryl “Always Raising” LaBar has discovered, sometimes it just does not work. Short version: If […]

Tip #964: Use latest language features

Food evolution

I often find that developers like comfort zones. They tend to use the constructs that they already know and are comfortable with. That includes language features as well. However, programming languages are evolving all the time and new features are introduced with every new release. Those features aren’t just cool, they make developer’s life much […]

Tip #962: Microsoft Portals Source Code Is Available

Portal Source Code

After a very short private preview program, Microsoft has just made the source code for the Dynamics 365 Portals available on the Microsoft Download Center. We’ve already reviewed the topic on the podcast but this milestone is quite significant to deserve another discussion. tl;dr One-off release of portal source code is available for download. If […]

Tip #946: Online Management API for Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement is here

Remote control

Today is a good day if you care about development, and ALM in particular. I’ll be paraphrasing Matt “SDK Deity” Barbour in this post but the news is too big to spend time prettifying it. What is it? It’s a REST API that lets you create and manage Customer Engagement instances in your Office 365 […]

Tip #930: Important changes to the Voice of the Customer installation process

Voice of the customer

A new version of the Voice of the Customer solution was recently released (v.9). The new solutions introduces some changes in the way the solution authenticates with CRM to improve security. To start the installation of the solution, the admin should log in to the Dynamics 365 Administration Center portal in Office 365. In the Administration Center portal, click on the […]

Tip #911: Developers, start planning for new features

Code developer

If you are a developer, deprecated Dynamics 365 features are not the only ones to watch out for. Much shinier and more exciting is the list of what’s coming in July 2017 (a.k.a. Spring) Update. This is a very short summary what I think we should be paying close attention to, you’ll notice slightly rearranged […]

Tip #854: Beware of Using Xrm Client Functions As Callbacks

Today’s tip comes from the tipper who, despite his affinity with Microsoft Flow, earned his place amongst the real developers fair and square, and who is now known as Daryl “Always Raising” LaBar. Daryl, you have the floor Writing clean code is constantly at the for-front of developers, and usually, “less” code generally results in […]

Tip #832: Dynamic does not work in sandbox

Sandbox Club

Dynamic not DynamicS. The reference is to dynamic keyword making C# developer’s life easier since 2010. As Rickard “Ikea Frysta Köttbullar” Norström has discovered, the following code works in a sandbox on-premises but spits the dummy in Dynamics 365 Online environment. Not all sandboxes were created equal, it seems. Avoiding dynamic and using explicit cast […]