#CRMVisualSchema – part 7: Stuck on a new diagram rendering mode…

The last months I’ve been working on the Entity Relation Diagram Creator plug-in for the XRM ToolBox. At this moment the plug-in is functioning well and some new ideas start to cross my mind. E.g. a much more advanced way of creating an initial layout of the entities within a solution. The entity layouting algorythm has had a couple […]

#CRMVisualSchema – part 6: XrmToolBox development pitfalls and tricks

It has been almost two weeks since I released the Entity Relation Diagram Creator for XrmToolBox.  Over 10.000 people already downloaded the plug-in, and I received a fair deal of suggestions to improve the tool. In the weeks to come, my mission will be to process these suggestions (some very wild ideas popped up *yay*). […]

#CRMVisualSchema – part 5: Launch of the plug-in for XrmToolBox

Almost 2 months after I started this series of articles, I’m proud to announce that the 1.0 version of the Entity Relation Diagram Creator plug-in is downloadable through the XrmToolBox Plugin Store. The purpose of the Entity Relation Diagram Creator plug-in is to create a visual image representing an Entity Relation Diagram. The image can be […]

#CRMVisualSchema – part 4: Some steady progress

It has been a couple of weeks since I wrote the last update on the XRMToolbox plug-in I’m developing: The Entity Relation Diagram Creator. This is going to be a tool in which you can generate nice visual representations of the entity schema in CRM solutions. Things have been pretty hectic last weeks and development is […]

#CRMVisualSchema – part 3: Getting started with plugin development for XrmToolBox

In the previous article, I managed to cram the visual schema designer functionality into a single dll. So far I have implemented the following functionality: Get a list of solutions from CRM I only get the solutions that are visisble (those are the solutions you normally see within CRM). I’m considering an option to show all […]

#CRMVisualSchema – part 2: Entity schema up-and-running

At this moment I’m making some nice progress on visualizing an entity model. In the comment section of my previous article Stefan (*kudos*) pointed me on some alternatives, some of them depend either on Visual Studio or Microsoft Visio. My goal is to create a plugin for XrmToolbox, that can be used free of charge. What have I realized till sofar: […]

#CRMVisualSchema – part 1: intro

Last summer I was approached by the EMEA recruitment office from Salesforce; if I was interested to join them as a Technical Solution Architect. I was suprised because I didn’t have any experience and no track record in Salesforce. Nevertheless they got my full attention. I made it through all telephonic interviewing rounds (speaking with a variety […]

#Crm2Crm – part 7: Bidirectional replication up-and-running

Welcome back in the final episode in this series of articles on building a replication mechanism within Dynamics CRM. In the previous article I implemented a concept of a message pump. The goal of the message pump is to process the messages created by the actions performed on the source entity which are captured by […]

#Crm2Crm – part 6: The Message Pump

In this series of articles, I’m implementing a proof of concept of a replication mechanism within Dynamics CRM. My intention is not to build an enterprise class replication mechanism (e.g. Scribe, KingswaySoft), instead I want to learn more about the mechanisms involved in replication. The previous article was a technical necessity as I needed to find […]

#Crm2Crm – part 5: Serialization fixed

I ended my previous article in this replication series with the remark that I needed to focus on the serialization and deserialization of the entity data that I’m going to replicate. I explained that I have to do the serialization by hand because the CRM sandbox is preventing me from using binary serialization (as (Microsoft considers a […]