Spot the difference!

If there is one way of keeping an application looking fresh it's by frequently tweaking the user interface. This approach is adopted by Facebook with success and stops their user interface from feeling old hat. With the latest Dynamics CRM Online update (6.0.1.61) you might have spotted some li... [More]

Form File->Properties dialog in CRM 2013

One of the lesser known features of CRM 2011 was the File->Properties dialog that you could view on a record form. It would look something like:

This dialog was very useful for finding out the effective permissions of the current user on a particular record but in CRM 2013 it is no longer pres... [More]

Restore Add Activity buttons in CRM 2013

By default the CRM2013 form Command Bar doesn't show the old 'Add' tab buttons for activities. The intension is that users will want to use the new Activities Tab control on the forms as show below:

In an upgrade from CRM 2011 you may want to preserve the add activity buttons on a form. This post... [More]

Using the CRM 2013 Developer Toolkit to target CRM 2011

If you find yourself constantly juggling multiple development environments, you'll no doubt come up against the issue of the Developer Toolkit only supporting a single installation – either for CRM 2011 or CRM 2013. To overcome this, I have been using the CRM 2013 version again CRM 2011 with ... [More]

CRM 2013 Script Loading Deep Dive

Ever since the script Web Resource loading behaviour changed in UR12 from series to parallel I've been interested in how to best standardise management the loading of script Web Resources. The fact that scripts are loaded from a variety of places makes the subject even more interesting. This post at... [More]

Manage your SDK assemblies the easy way

NuGet has become the de-facto way of managing assembly references from within Visual Studio. Using the Package Manager you can easily download, install, update and uninstall referenced libraries automatically from the ever growing NuGet library repository. In the past there was an unofficial packag... [More]

Upgraded to Orion? Upgrade to Ribbon Workbench for CRM2013

If your Dynamics CRM Online instance has been upgraded to Orion (CRM2013) you will need to upgrade to the latest version of the Ribbon Workbench for CRM2013. Since the Ribbon Xml Schema has changed slightly with CRM2013, the old version will no longer work. Upgrade Steps:

Open Settings->Solut... [More]

How to fix CRM2013 Application Bar hidden by Silverlight Web Resource

If you have any Silverlight Web Resources in your site map that are hosted by an HTML Web Resource, you may find that when you upgrade to CRM2013 and use the pull down Application Bar the Silverlight page is rendered on top of the navigation buttons so that they are obscured and hidden from the user... [More]

Microsoft.Xrm.Client (Part 3b): Configuration via app/web.config

In this series we have been looking at the Developer Extensions provided by the Microsoft.Xrm.Client assembly: Part 1 - CrmOrganizationServiceContext and when should I use it? Part 2 - Simplified Connection Management & Thread Safety Part 3a – CachedOrganizationService So far in this s... [More]

Asynchronous loading of JavaScript in CRM 2013

When CRM2011 UR 12 (POLARIS) introduced asynchronous loading of web resources, there were some unfortunate side effects caused by the load order in which the scripts were executed not being the same as defined by form customisations. If you had scripts that required a previous scripts to be loaded f... [More]