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Dynamics 365 developer and Microsoft MVP Jonas Rapp is
recovering from a stroke, his friends and colleagues have
The stroke happened on February 17, according to news shared by
his CRM Konsulterna colleagues Gustaf Westerlund, Carina Claesson,
and Benedikt Bergmann on a
new episode of the XRMToolCastpodcast that Rapp normally
co-hosts with Daryl LaBar.
"We were all very shocked, it's a tight group, a small company,"
said Westerlund on the episode.
Jonas had surgery and has been undergoing rehabilitation, his
colleagues said. They were encouraged at the "huge progress" they
have seen in calls with him in the days since.
Rapp is perhaps best known in the
Dynamics 365 CRM community as the creator of the
, a tool that works with the XrmToolBox and provides a visual
interface for building and testing complex FetchXML queries.
Developers execute the tool over 3,000 times a day and it was
executed over 1 million times in the last year, Rapp recently
reported. Rapp also contributes to several other XrmToolBox tools
and he can regularly be found presenting educational sessions at
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform events around the world, either in
person or virtually.
As a way to help the global community support Jonas in his
recovery, his colleagues have set up a donation page at
https://fetchxmlbuilder.com/donate. While there are no
immediate plans for how funds will be used, the CRM Konsulterna
team and LaBar both noted Rapp's fondness for supporting his
favorite charitable organizations. They expect Jonas will want to
put at least some of the donations toward those causes. And, as his
colleagues explained on the podcast, living and working in Sweden
means the personal financial impact of such a serious illness will
be less of a concern than it would be for people in other
Rapp's setback, and the shows of support in response, also call
attention to the broader need for community support of opensource
projects, Westerlund said on the podcast. That need is especially
relevant for a project like FetchXML Builder, a tool that has
proved its worth across thousands of downloads and a huge number of
real Dynamics 365 customer scenarios. Without a broader base of
contributions, either through payments to help support the current
developers (in this case, primarily Jonas) or by pitching in to
work on the project by writing code, fixing bug, writing
documentation, and other support, the project's long-term success
is less certain.
As word emerged about Rapp's illness, support has come from many
corners of the community this week. But his spirits appear to
be high: he also
tweeted some photos, apparently from his
hospital room, as he logged in to the virtual Scottish Summit 2021
"I hope we can see Jonas doing the next version of FetchXML
Builder very soon," said Westerlund.
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