CRM 2011 Development Skeleton

Back in 2009 I released a small Visual Studio solution that contained all you needed to get started connecting and communicating with CRM 4.0:

CRM 4.0 Development Skeleton

It was fairly popular, having almost 1,000 downloads over the course of almost two years.

I finally blocked out the time and updated the skeleton for CRM 2011, which you can download here.

As always, please let me know if you have any problems or suggestions.

Another Cool Windows Live Writer Feature: Post draft to blog

Have you ever noticed that button:


Like many of you, I have too; but wasn't really sure why I would use such a feature.  Well, I found one this week.

I was posting the same article to two different blog and both blogs have the most excellent WordPress plugin WP to Twitter installed.

With my configuration, any new WordPress post is automatically posted to Twitter, so if I posted it on both blogs, I would run the danger of annoying my Tweeple with redundant and useless posts.

Post draft to blog to the rescue.  Follow these steps:

1) Write your post as normal.

2) Set the publish date to some point in the future.

3) Click Post draft to blog.

4) After it has published ( and you don't have an option of viewing the post after publishing ), open the WordPress Administration page and navigate to the Posts area and Edit the draft you've just posted.

5) At the bottom of the page, check the WP to Twitter option to Don't Tweet this post.


6) Under the Publish section ( right side of page ), click the Publish button:


Note: At this stage you can optionally set the Publish on date and publish it in the future.

Export JavaScript utility updated (revised)

I've updated my Export JavaScript utility to work with CRM 2011.

You may download it here.

The operation is pretty simple:

1) Connect to CRM

2) Select an organization

3) Select a solution.

4) Select the version of Visual Studio you work with.

5) Click Export.

Here's the user interface:


It will extract the JavaScript and place it in a folder in the same location as the application.  The folder naming convention looks like this:

xRM Coaches-Microsoft xRM Customer Portal-2011-06-25-1156

[organization name]-[solution name]-[date and time]

A Visual Studio solution file will also be created linking all of the exported JavaScript together.


If you like this utility, you may also find fellow MVP Tanguy's JavaScript Web Resource Manager valuable:

New tool- JavaScript Web Resource Manager for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011