Tip #768: Avoid running out of memory when using CRM context

Low memory

When you process large data in your code, email attachments, for example, there is always a danger of running out of the available memory. Consider this code dealing with the email attachments: The danger here is running out of memory on retrieval of the file attached to the CRM notes. Even though from C# point […]

Tip #767: Server-to-server authentication is here

Headless

Woot, woot! At long last we can create passive clients – the ones that do not have someone sitting in front of them. Clients like web sites or services – and authenticate them without using username and password AND get the magic bearer token that is good to use in Web API. The detailed walkthrough […]

Tip #746: Bring in the specialist

Workflow auto bringing the specialist

Washing car on weekend is something that everyone can do on their own. Probably. But if some serious cleanup is required, one’s better off calling Mr Wolf. Same goes for complicated cases in customer service. If you run a secure shop that deals with the cases that include sensitive or personal identifiable information, then security […]

Tip #731: Hide and protect your custom CRM API

Protect yourself by covering

Yesterday we illustrated how you can wrap some server-side functionality as a custom API to be consumed by the developers. One of the undesired side effects is that business can now poke their nose into the API when building workflow processes: If your API is a smoking gun and you don’t want business to accidentally […]

Tip #730: Turn your CRM into API machine

Locked black box

When people ask me to describe the differences between custom workflow activities and custom actions, I always use the following definitions: Custom workflow activities. A functional blackbox created by the developers to be consumed by the business Custom activity. A functional blackbox created by the business to be consumed by the developers There is more […]

Tip #699: Don’t go back on context

Tima and Punishment

This one is for javascript lovers. If you work with HTML web resources, you know that you need to include ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx to get CRM context in your script. If everything is working correctly but you receive JS error “GetClientContext is not defined” when using back button in Chrome browser, add dummy query parameter to the […]

Tip #674: Dealing with multiple search results in Unified Service Desk

Too many search results

Unified Service Desk has a concept of Entity Search, that allows you to store parameterized fetchxml and reuse this definition declaratively (say, in Windows Navigation Rules), or via DoSearch action of the Global Manager, or directly from your code. One aspect that Entity Search does not deal well with is the searches returning multiple results. […]

Tip #655: Defensive use of undocumented functions

Black box

This is a sweet lesson for all the lovers of the undocumented functions. On odd occasion yours truly is guilty of being lazy and choosing a shortcut worthy spießrutenlaufen. From time to time those fits of laziness come back hard. For a long time I’ve been using SaveAsCompleted internal function on a command bar for […]