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It has been a couple of weeks since I wrote the last update on the XRMToolbox plug-in I’m developing: The Entity Relation Diagram Creator.
This is going to be a tool in which you can generate nice visual representations of the entity schema in CRM solutions.
Things have been pretty hectic last weeks and development is consuming a large part of my spare time. But – and I’m proud to say it – the project is coming along quite nicely.
What I’ve achieved till sofar is that I’m able to generate every entity schema imaginable within Dynamics CRM. The default schema is rendered within a couple of minutes, resulting in a big pile of entities and relations… *yike*.
The schemas that are rendered can be used for multiple audiences, e.g.
And all kinds of combinations not mentioned .
Entities can be displayed collapsed or in its full glory. Relationships can be highlighted. Entities and relationships can be removed from the schema. Schemas can be saved under different names.
This allows you to build a repository of entity schemas that you can use for documentation purposes within your projects. Once the entities are dragged into the correct position, you can take a picture of it for your documentation.
Right now I’m working towards the release of version 22.214.171.124, I just want to do some cosmetic stuff and add some more cool features. To name a few:
In the next article I’ll inform you about some pitfalls I ran into during development and I will describe publishing process with regard to XrmToolBox.
For now, stay tuned…
(your patience will be rewarded)