Personalized Community is here!
Quickly customize your community to find the content you seek.
Choose your path Increase your proficiency with the Dynamics 365 applications that you already use and learn more about the apps that interest you. Up your game with a learning path tailored to today's Dynamics 365 masterminds and designed to prepare you for industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.
Visit Microsoft Learn
2020 Release Wave 2Discover the latest updates and new features to Dynamics 365 planned through March 2021.
Release overview guides and videos Release Plan | Preview 2020 Release Wave 2 TimelineWatch the 2020 Release Wave 1 virtual launch event
Ace your Dynamics 365 deployment with packaged services delivered by expert consultants. | Explore service offerings
Connect with the ISV success team on the latest roadmap, developer tool for AppSource certification, and ISV community engagements | ISV self-service portal
The FastTrack program is designed to help you accelerate your Dynamics 365 deployment with confidence.
FastTrack Program | Finance TechTalks | Customer Engagement TechTalks | Upcoming TechTalks
Why would you use C# to create entities, attributes, entity relationships, and many of the other customization's that are traditionally done in the GUI in solutions. My understanding is best practice is to create this kind of stuff in a solution so you can export from a dev environment and import into a production environment. Even my limited reading about ci/cd they seem to take the solution approach using powershell to deploy solutions. Am I missing a common use case for this?
I'm guessing those examples are just for expository purposes. I can't imagine a reason for doing it by code.
Now views (savedquery) that extend beyond the Advanced Find designer capabilities -- that's a different story.
The benefit of using C# to create these things is that you can quickly connect to an instance and create all of the components included in the code. This can be a lot quicker than manually exporting and importing a solution. You also benefit from all of the features of the C# language and can choose create components conditionally.
Not sure how common this use is, but I use this API for importing customisations from Excel spreadsheets
Basically I have a feature in an app where I define entities, fields, picklist options etc. within spreadsheets. The app reads the customisations in the spreadsheets and creates the customisations for me via this API. This has saved me a lot of time by avoiding having to create fields and picklist options one by one within the web user interface when there is a large volume of customisations
Again not sure how common this is but answers your questions in terms of a use case for this API
Sounds like a good idea to me. I have spent way to much time creating optionsets for states and countries that could easily be created once and reused using the method you are describing.
It is helpful when you are creating a product or have all entities and attributes in a spreadsheet.
You can write an application to import spreadsheet that create entities and attributes.
Business Applications communities