Document integration – part 2: Designing the concept

In my last article I described the flaws in the default SharePoint document integration; the use of folders instead of meta data, the flaky document retrieval capabilities and the lack of communication between the development groups within Microsoft (otherwise we would have had a rock solid integration between the products). I decided to do it myself… I decided […]

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 […]

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. […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 4: Demo “Web API”

Welcome to the next episode in the “Using CRM from an external website” series. In my last article, I described the Web API scenario. The Web API scenario is the first step in the journey and depends on Microsoft Infrasctrucure ( I need a .Net/Mono framework and an Internet Information like server). In this scenario I […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 3: Stage one “Web API”

Ya mas! It has been over two weeks since I posted the last article in this series. As I mentioned before it is hard to stay focused while enjoying the summer ans spending holidays with your family on a beach in Greece. My ultimate goal is to integrate Dynamics CRM in an external website. This […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 2: research

Summer season is always a hard season to spend time behind your computer, the tempation of relaxing and spending time with your family and friends is big. But then guilt and curiousity win and I crawl back to my computer… In the intro article, I drew a scenario that I want to implement. I want […]

A terrible catch when ordering data using FetchXML

At the moment we are finishing up a product for CRM 2015 we have been developing over the last 7 months. As with most large software development projects, the last period is spent on stabilizing the product. In our product we are using batch functionality. In this batch functionality we do calculations based on the data […]