Using CRM from an external website – part 9: Custom Authentication Service – Proof of concept

In this series, I’m investiging alternate ways to make a connection from an external website to the back-end Dynamics CRM system. In the previous article in this series, I posted some code snippets of the proof of concept I was working on. In this article, I’ve written a proof of concept that actually connects from your […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 8: Custom Authentication Service

In this series of articles I’m trying to find multiple ways to connect to Dynamics CRM from an external website. A scenario that I could implement succesfully was the Web API scenario which was based entirely on Microsoft infrastructure. Then I tried to connect to the CRM webservices using javascript REST calls, that is where to problems arose. It turns out that CRM is […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 7: Back to the drawing board

I ended my previous article with the conclusion that history was repeating itself. For some reasons I don’t understand, Microsoft is making it very hard for developers to integrate Microsoft products with non Microsoft technologies. I did some thorough investigation and stumbled on the following articles:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2013/12/12/use-oauth-to-authenticate-with-the-crm-service.aspx This article gives a high level overview on how […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 6: Unauthorized! – L’histoire se répète

L’histoire se répète is a french expression which expresses that bad things happen again and again. Right now I’m working on a small demo in which I intend to demonstrate how you can use javascript and knockout.js to embed Dynamics CRM functionality in an external website. It started out pretty well. I started with a […]

A better SharePoint Connector – part 9: Improvements!

It has been quite a while since I completed the “A better SharePoint connector” series of articles. In part 6 of the series, I published the SharePoint connector source code. A good  and solid 1.0 version, but it was lacking some features…. I always wanted to say this: “Good news everyone!  I’ve published an update for the SharePoint […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 5: Stage two “Client side scripting”

In this series I’m working towards a scenario in which I integrate Dynamics CRM with an external web site. My ultimate goal is to run an external web site on a non Microsoft platform, using web technologies to communicate with Dynamics CRM. Before I get to that point, I have to jump through some hoops. […]