5 Command Bar Customization Tips for Dynamics 365 Developers

Customizing Command Bars is often one of the first tasks  Dynamics 365 developers need to learn how to do.  Here are a few tricks to keep in mind that will help you avoid costly mistakes in the future. Understand RibbonDiffXML Dynamics CE works by storing a standard model of the Command Bar in memory.  Any modifications made to the model are stored in an xml file called RibbonDiffXML.  (Called this because older versions of Dynamics CRM used Ribbons in place of Command Bars). Thus, this file …

When Coding IS the Solution (Dynamics 365 CE)

Last post, we looked at reasons why it is important to consider other options before starting to write code.  However, sometimes there is no other way to solve a problem then by rolling up your sleeves and coding a solution. The main advantage of code is its ability to solve almost any problem. Microsoft and third party developers have done an excellent job of designing tools that allow power-users and citizen developers to make changes to 365 without needing to code, but they haven’t thought …

When Coding is NOT the Solution (Dynamics 365 CE)

Developers are often tempted to start writing code to fix new problems as they are discovered.  However, in the Dynamics 365 CE world, this behaviour can often cause problems and add costs for the future.  While there are definitely times when writing code is necessary, let’s take a look at some important things to consider before writing your first line of code. Maintenance First, let’s tackle the issue of maintenance.  Remember this: every piece of code written becomes a maintenance point. …

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Flickr, LinkedIn, Dynamics 365 and the joy of slowness

Remember Flickr? The photo-sharing platform was one of the original social media pioneers; beloved of its users and admired by Silicon Valley, Yahoo snapped it up for a song in 2005. Fast forward to today, and Flickr languishes far behind its brasher competitor Instagram, its number of active users steadily dwindling down towards zero. It’s an old story; one that’s been around as long as the Internet. When a technology giant swallows an innovative new start-up, the key qualities that made the …

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The Key Traits to Look for in Your First Dynamics 365 Technical Role Hire

Whether you’re a well-established business undergoing digital transformation, or you’re a new micro organization who have digital at the core of what you do, and are ready to hire that essential first Microsoft Dynamics technical role, knowing what to look for can be a challenge. This is true whether you are ready to make your first Microsoft Dynamics hire, or you are looking for your first .NET dev. These are some things you should be ready to consider. Are they ready to take ownership? There …

5 Essential Points to Get Across in an Interview

That all important first impression. The key firm, but not too firm, hand shake. Maintaining eye contact and making sure you’re suitably dressed. Do these things even matter in interviews today? Speaking plainly, yes. But we think there is more important advice for candidates who really want to seize the opportunity. Here our team have compiled a list, showcasing how to do the basics really well. 1) Knowledge of the company Your prospective employers will want to feel that you have a genuine desire …