A better SharePoint connector – part 2

In my search for a better CRM – SharePoint connector, I described in the previous article that an idea popped up while running. In a nutshell the connector is going to store documents inside SharePoint without letting the user notice that the documents are not stored within CRM. I made the assumption that documents are stored as attachments in annotations […]

Development 101: Note to self – Plugin versioning

Today I finished developing a plugin. As the new plugin was part of a project containing more plugins, I updated the version number in the AssemblyInfo.cs from to I compiled the solution, ran ILMerge and fired up the plugin registration tool. I connected to my environment, picked the existing plugin assmbly and performed the upgrade […]

Dilemma: Where do I store my custom settings?

This week I was developing a plugin that needed to retrieve information from an external system. As the solution in which the plugin is running has to be deployed on a different environment I didn’t want to hard code the connection settings in my solution. As far as I can see there are three options to store custom […]

ALM for CRM: Solution strategies

Coming from SharePoint, solutions are not new to me. In fact it was the only good way in SharePoint to distribute your functionality across servers. In SharePoint building a solution was a tedious task; tons of XML to write, custom event receivers (on premise), solution scopes, dependencies, etc. When I was introduced to solutions in […]

REST services 101: Retrieving data

Today I was doing some maintenance work for a customer, running a CRM 2011 enviroment. I was excited as this was my chance to do some development within the CRM platform, a substantial different game than SharePoint development. The change I had to implement was about implementing an indicator whether a customer was using products […]

Hello world

I’m glad you found this blog. This blog will be dedicated to all things related to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. I’ve been fulltime involved in professional software development since 1995 as an employee of several software companies and as freelancer. Since 2001 I’ve been specializing myself in the nobel art of Microsoft .NET development. As of 2005 I […]