Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Show ALL related activities in a subgrid

Microsoft Dynamics CRM offers great capabilities for activity entities, both out of the box and custom activities.
This post will describe a way to extend those capabilities even more, using a quite simple plugin.

During eXtremeCRM in Warsaw last week, a fellow CRMian and frequent user of FetchXML Builder approached me to ask if I knew a way to create "dynamic" queries with some contextual awareness. He had used unsupported methods to inject FetchXML to subgrids, to be able to show all activities related to current record, not just those where the record is related through the Regarding field.

As I will show in this post, this can be accomplished with a simple plugin and a custom view.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Solution Segmentation for entity ribbons

The new feature for segmenting solutions in Microsoft Dynamics CRM is absolutely awesome.
It finally allows you to only include the parts you actually want your solution to change.

For us as an ISV this is a huge improvement. We can now deliver solutions that are completely "plug and play" and still leave a minimal footprint on the whole customer system.

RibbonDiffXml segmentation

There is however one thing that is still not possible to separate with enough granularity. To include the ribbon definition of an entity, you need to check the Include entity metadata checkbox.


Unfortunately this also includes the entity display name, plural name, and all other "entity wide" settings such as Notes, Connections, Mail merge etc.

The result of this is that if we include the Contact entity just to be able to add a solution specific button to the command bar, we must also include the entity settings.


When a customer has developed their own solutions, or got solutions from other third parties, we quite often face the situation where they have changed the name of an entity, e.g. Contact is renamed to Person.

Now importing our solution to add this button to the contact command bar, will also change the name of the contact entity back to default, or rather to whatever it is called in our solution.


This could be solved by allowing a separate option for the RibbonDiff part of the entity definition when selecting components for the solution.


If you agree with this proposal, you can contribute by voting up this item on Microsoft Connect.

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MVP Jukka Niiranen recently wrote an excellent article describing Solution Segmentation in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.