Ribbon Scaling De-mystified

If you want to add a custom group or tab to a CRM2011 ribbon, you're going to need to understand the scaling mechanism. Following the SDK tutorials and other sources around the internet will give you a basic template, but it only starts to become clear when you see it in action. The Ribbon Workbench... [More]

Add Dynamic Menu to Ribbon Button

The  Ribbon Workbench for CRM 2011  makes it very easy to add menu items and sections, but occasionally you may need to dynamically change the menu items depending on run-time variables such as the selected record or security roles.  The following video shows adding a Flyout Anc... [More]

Add button to Sub Grid - but only when on a specific parent entity

The Ribbon Workbench for CRM 2011 makes it easy to add a ribbon button to SubGrid ribbons. Your new custom button will be always shown when you have selected a subgrid on a related (1:N) entity parent entity form. Of course entities can have more than one relationship and so the same SubGr... [More]

Re-arrange standard Ribbon Buttons by customising Ribbon Group

Ribbon Groups are sets of Ribbon controls that change their layout to fit the available window width. Buttons will change size and position as defined by the template and scale settings. If you need to move buttons around within a stanard group so that the buttons used most often are always visible,... [More]

iPad killed the Silverlight star?

After the initial Statement of Direction in May and then the interview with Brad Wilson the then general manager of Dynamics CRM, there has been quite some excitement about cross-browser support for Dynamics CRM 2011. The timescale given was "the first half of 2012" being release with UR8. The thoug... [More]

Adding an Advanced Find Query to a Form Sub grid

I've yet to see a clear post on how to add an Advanced Find Query as a subgrid on an entity form for CRM 2011. This is something that was quite common in CRM 4 due to the lack of sub grid support - but with CRM 2011 occationally we come up against the limitation of only showing related records and f... [More]

Convert CRM2011 LINQ Query into QueryExpression / FetchXml

With the introduction of Linq within the Dynamics CRM 2011 sdk, I've more or less stopped using QueryExpressions and FetchXml in server side code. This makes it increasingly painful when I've got to convert my queries to fetchXml or QueryExpressions for use in Javascript or Silverlight code. This sa... [More]

Dynamically construct a where query on a Dynamics CRM 2011 Linq query

Linq is an excellent way of homogenising the way we query our data – the CRM 2011 Linq provider is no exception. One thing that we occasionally come up against is the need to query based on a variable number of where clauses. With FetchXml and QueryExpressions dynamic filters were straightfor... [More]