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  • Blog Post: ALM for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: CRM Solution Lifecycle Management

    As Microsoft Dynamics CRM continues pushing towards the enterprise space, it becomes increasingly important to support the requirements of the enterprise—not only through the product but also in terms of functionality, scale, resilience, and security. From an implementation perspective, enterprises...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM SDK Version 5.0.15 Released

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK Version 5.0.15 is now live on MSDN downloads and in the MSDN library. New and updated topics SDK\BinUpdated the assemblies for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 13. These assemblies are also compatible with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Microsoft_Dynamics_CRM_2011_SDK_Readme...
  • Blog Post: Here's a Shout-Out to the Dynamics CRM SDK Team

    I don't think enough Dynamics CRM developers understand the amount of time and effort that the SDK team has put into creating documentation and samples so that we may better understand and use the product. So, I thought I'd throw out some numbers and compare the CRM 4.0 SDK with the 2011 SDK...
  • Blog Post: Tomorrow's Webinar: JavaScripting in Dynamics CRM 2011

    JavaScript allows an administrator to enhance the functionality of Dynamics CRM 2011 in order to better fit your business processes. This session delivers an introduction to JavaScript development and will cover the following topics: Setting up your development environment Introduction to the form editor...
  • Blog Post: New Poll: Have you used JavaScript to change the color of CRM form elements?

    Very often, while working with Dynamics CRM I often run across JavaScript that changes the color of a form element using the style property, like this: crmForm.all.customertypecode.style.backgroundColor = "#EAF3FF"; This is, of course, an unsupported practice and I am curious how many people...
  • Blog Post: Webinars this week

    Dynamics CRM 2011 Management and Troubleshooting (Hosted)   This webinar is for administrators of Dynamics CRM 2011 Online or who have their organization hosted by a third-party. We will cover the following topics: Reviewing CRM 2011 System Maintenance Jobs to locate errors and other issues Managing...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 SDK 5.0.13 Released

    It would appear that the fine folks on the CRM SDK team haven't slept in about a month, judging by the scope of this update. You may download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24004   Description of changes SDK\Bin Updated the assemblies...
  • Blog Post: Tomorrow's Webinar: JavaScripting in Dynamics CRM

    JavaScript allows an administrator to enhance the functionality of Dynamics CRM 2011 in order to better fit your business processes. This session delivers an introduction to JavaScript development and will cover the following topics: Setting up your development environment Introduction to the form...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar: JavaScripting in Dynamics CRM

    JavaScript allows an administrator to enhance the functionality of Dynamics CRM 2011 in order to better fit your business processes. This session delivers an introduction to JavaScript development and will cover the following topics: Setting up your development environment Introduction to the form...
  • Blog Post: JavaScript Conversion Discussions Webinar Follow-up

    I've uploaded the recording and supporting materials from last week's webinar to my CRM Accelerators site: JavaScript Conversion Discussions Webinar Recording and Materials You just finished reading JavaScript Conversion Discussions Webinar Follow-up ! Consider leaving a comment! Follow...
  • Blog Post: SDK 5.0.12 Updated

    The CRM SDK team has released an update the the CRM 2011 SDK. There are two changes: 1. Microsoft.Xrm.Client.CodeGeneration.dll assembly was updated to the correct version. 2. Fixed a bug in the Xrm.PageScriptProjectTemplate that caused it to fail with UR10.   You can download the update...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming free webinar: JavaScript Conversion Discussions

    Join us for a Webinar on August 31     Space is limited to 100 attendees. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/301139735   In this webinar we will be reviewing the JavaScript Dynamics CRM 4.0 to...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 SDK 5.0.12 Released

    The SDK team has released an update to our beloved SDK documentation.  You can download it here . There are lots of new and interesting things in this release. Here is a summary of the changes: New and updated topics Description of changes SDK\Bin Updated the assemblies...
  • Blog Post: CRM JavaScript Conversion Assistant 2.0 Released. New name, new features, new price

    I am very proud, and a little relieved, to announce that general availability of the CRM JavaScript Conversion Assistant 2.0. Download the trial version now or visit our product page for more information.   New Name The product formally known as the CRM Migration Assistant has been renamed...
  • Blog Post: Exception handling in Custom workflow activities

    Handling exceptions is an important part of any development effort. In the past few months, I've run across several instances where exceptions are not being properly handled in custom workflow activities. Normally, this doesn't actually cause issues with the workflows in which the custom...
  • Blog Post: CRM SDK Nugget: Create Solutions That Support Multiple Languages

    I my class last week we were discussing customizing CRM and the need to translate custom text and option set labels into other languages. Last weekend, by accident, I found this topic: Create Solutions That Support Multiple Languages Which discusses a variety of techniques related to custom solutions...
  • Blog Post: JavaScript Libraries and Form Events

    [note to myself] Removing a JavaScript library from a form will cause all events that reference that library to be removed as well. You just finished reading JavaScript Libraries and Form Events ! Consider leaving a comment! Follow me on Twitter @mitchmilam. Read my new book: Dynamics Deep Dive:...
  • Blog Post: CRMUG Academy – Taking Dynamics CRM Beyond Accounts and Contacts (May 2012)

    Hi everyone. I'll be teaching this class tomorrow for the CRMUG Academy: Dynamics CRM 2011 is so much more than just a place to store your business contacts. Want to really leverage the power of this dynamic platform? Don’t miss this unique class and learn how to tap the power of features that...
  • Blog Post: Creating an E-mail-Enabled Entity

    One of the new features Microsoft included in Dynamics CRM 2011 is the ability to create entities which are e-mail enabled. When you initially create the entity, you have the option of "sending e-mail", as you can see below: Note: This decision must be made at the time of creation, since...
  • Blog Post: Free Utility Updated: Export Web Resources

    This week, while working on a migration from CRM 4.0 to 2011, I discovered a need to back up my web resources so that we could transfer them easily from our prototype environment to the new production environment that will be created tonight. Rather than create a new utility, I just decided to modify...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 SDK Nugget: Images

    If you've ever explored the CRM SDK folder system, then you have probably noticed it includes various unexpected goodies, which is the topic for today's article. Look in: sdk\resources\images and you will find 2,540 files representing the various user interface components, such as icons...
  • Blog Post: Recalculate Opportunity and the Page Life Cycle

    If you have ever worked with the Dynamics CRM Opportunity, you know that it contains a function to recalculate the opportunity when you have selected System Calculated for the Revenue. Here are the major areas of focus for this discussion:   When the user presses the Recalculate button on...
  • Blog Post: Retrieve all of the field names in a Tab

    I ran into a need to build a list of all of the fields found in all of the sections of a tab, within Dynamics CRM 2011.  Here is the JavaScript to do that: function getFieldListFromTab(tabId) { var fieldList = new Array(); var tab = Xrm.Page.ui.tabs.get(tabId); tab.sections.forEach( function...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar: JavaScripting with Dynamics CRM 2011. APAC Edition

    Since the first Lunch and Learn session will occur when my friends in the Asia/Pacific region are mostly asleep, I thought it would be a good idea to hold an encore performance later that same day when the other side of the planet is at work. See below for the new time and the corresponding local times...
  • Blog Post: Worse CRM-Related JavaScript Ever

    I see a lot of 'interesting' JavaScript working with CRM installations that have been in operation for more than a couple of years. Last week, I found the ultimate example of not knowing how to utilize the CRM object model.  CRM 4.0 in this case: for ( var i = 0; i < crmForm.all...