Business Applications, Dev Best Practice (and common sense), dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 - new UI, Model-driven, PowerApps, Uncategorized

The curious case of the model-driven app prefix_

Since Microsoft first introduced the concept of a solution we all live in fear of creating an entity with the prefix "new_". If you do things properly you create a solution first, define a publisher with the unique prefix then all new entities and custom fields will be created with that prefix. For example, for… Continue reading The curious case of the model-driven app prefix_

Business Applications, dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 - new UI, Model-driven, PowerApps, Uncategorized

New PowerApps designer: where is my Customize the System link?

With the classic UI to lookup all the components for the environment you had to go via Settings -> Customizations-> Customize the System. You could see all the components under the Default solution. In a new designer: Navigate to https://web.powerapps.com, login using you Dynamics 365 credentials (you will need appropriate security access) Locate the Solution… Continue reading New PowerApps designer: where is my Customize the System link?

Business Applications, CRM Consulting Best Practice, dynamics 365, Uncategorized

Don’t auto-convert. Think. Transform.

Why am I not a fan of auto converters which allow you to magically turn something old into something new? In the context of Dynamics 365, old Java Script into a new format, SQL reports into FetchXML, workflows into Flows etc. It's because I believe that "new" is not just about tools, it's about the… Continue reading Don’t auto-convert. Think. Transform.

Business Applications, PowerApps, Uncategorized, USD, USD Accelerator

USD Accelerator with an embedded canvas app

So glad those guys are working perfectly together 🙂 Let me translate it for you: embedded canvas apps for UUI work with USD accelerator and USD  desktop app OOB.  The address validation embedded canvas app within USD accelerator (screenshot below). If you want to learn more about USD accelerator, it's here, in the Neil Parkhurst… Continue reading USD Accelerator with an embedded canvas app

CRM Consulting Best Practice, dynamics 365, Flow, PowerApps, Uncategorized

Help! My Flow is not triggered (for a custom entity)

Recently, I am trying to ignore workflows and move all the custom functional logic into Flows. This time I created a very simple Flow converting a text field value into a number and copying it to another field. I needed it for my chart. I run the Flow on a custom entity. An I forgot… Continue reading Help! My Flow is not triggered (for a custom entity)

Dev Best Practice (and common sense), dynamics 365, PowerApps, PowerPack, Uncategorized

Add-Ons, No-code and Other Imaginary Friends vs System Support and Maintenance (random drawings)

Customisation & Configuration  No Add-Ons   + Add-Ons   Business Logic Complicity No Add-Ons + Add-Ons + Add-Ons + “No coding” coding   Support Support Responsibilities *US - a Dev team for the continues development or a Customer/Support Team - for after GoLive Triage Responsibilities *US - a Dev team for the continues development or… Continue reading Add-Ons, No-code and Other Imaginary Friends vs System Support and Maintenance (random drawings)

Azure Development, dynamics 365, Uncategorized

Download file from Azure BLOB storage inside Dynamics 365 Plugin or custom WF activity

Problem: Microsoft Labs AttachmentManagement solution doesn't allow to download attachments via plugin for files,synced to Azure BLOB storage . Solution: download BLOB, using a custom plugin or custom WF activity. Mind mapping(please don't try any of this, it doesn't work): first, I found this link: https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/heralddyncrm/archive/2018/05/27/upload-and-download-files-in-azure-blob-using-c It worked perfectly while I was unit testing. Then I… Continue reading Download file from Azure BLOB storage inside Dynamics 365 Plugin or custom WF activity