Tip #1159: Run your script after business rules

Queue

Dynamics 365/CRM customizations inflicted by a customer are always fun. How can I tell their customizations apart? Easy, by the new_ prefix. Where things get really complicated if the customer later asks you to do something they are not sure how to. Just recently I was asked to stop couple fields from being locked if […]

Tip #1145: Tracing in Azure Functions MkIII

Tracing

This never ends. Shortly after I finished writing about tracing in Azure Functions, I found Daryl “Always Raising” LaBar explaining how to use ExtendedOrganizationService wrapper to easily capture everything in your plugin: Wouldn’t it be nice for debugging if your plugins automatically traced every IOrganzationService Request, along with the parameters and the time that it […]

Tip #1143: Managing Dynamics Goes Beyond Technology

It is easy to focus on training and certifications and think this will be enough to implement or maintain a successful Dynamics system but, especially with process management systems like Dynamics, being tech savvy is not enough. Certainly knowing the system, its limitations and capabilities is important but understanding the impact of change is vital […]

Tip #1142: Tracing in Azure Functions MkII

Trace the numbers

When describing tracing  in Azure Functions previously, I dropped almost in passing that to capture .NET traces in Azure Functions is easy – just create your own TraceListener. I also added that the code takes a shortcut with log.Info and requires a bit of tuning like mapping logging levels from Connector to TraceWriter but those […]

Tip #1137: Learn language and study API to simplify your code

Simple life

I already wrote about the benefits of learning new language features. Equally important is to understand what assemblies are available as part of Dynamics 365 SDK, how they work, what classes and interfaces are available, and how the edge cases work (basically, “what-if” scenarios, like “what if this is null”). This week I had “privilege” […]

Tip #1135: For plugins, use SDK with the same or below the server version

Mismatch

Problem Another week, another challenge from Guido “Future Olive Farmer” Preite: I created a plugin for one Online instance (version 8.2.2.1862),  I created a class library project with .NET 4.5.2 and with nuget I installed the Microsoft.CrmSdk.CoreAssemblies version 9.0.2.3 I registered the plugin and I always get this error: Unhandled Exception: System.ServiceModel.FaultException`1[[Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault, Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk, Version=8.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, […]

Tip #1130: Refactoring Makes Sense For Configuration Too

If you hang around developers long enough you will hear them use the term “refactoring”. On one project, the developer even had a “Refactor Friday” where this is all they did at the end of the week. So what is refactoring and why should us configuration folks care? Refactoring is taking existing code and reworking […]