#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 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 3: Replication basics 2

Last time I described the concept of a simple one way replication pattern. In this pattern each time an entity record is added, modified or deleted a message is written in a message entity. The message pump will process the messages within the message entity in the order they arrived in the message entity (First […]

#Crm2Crm – part 2: Replication basics 1

In the previous article I described how I got sparked to investigate how I can create a bi-directional replication scenario in which I can synchronize data back and forth between entities. For the sake of simplicity I’ll focus initially in synchronizing the data within a sinlge CRM organization. Later on I will describe how we can set up […]