Rescheduled: Word and Excel integration with Dynamics CRM 2016 webinar

Hi Folks,

Well, when it rains, it pours. Literally in my case today. We had a power outage which knocked out the Internet connection at my building so I had to cancel today’s Free Webinar Friday.

Since I’ve already got the month scheduled out, I’m having to make allowances. Here is what I came up with:

Word and Excel integration with Dynamics CRM 2016 (Session One)

In this webinar we'll review the Word and Excel integration features of Dynamics CRM 2016 as well as discuss the third-party integrations available.

Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM CDT    Register here

Word and Excel integration with Dynamics CRM 2016 (Session Two)

In this webinar we'll review the Word and Excel integration features of Dynamics CRM 2016 as well as discuss the third-party integrations available.

Fri, Jul 22, 2016 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CDT   Register here

 

Thanks and I hope to see you there.

Mitch

Next week’s Workshop: Dynamics CRM, JavaScript, Web Services, etc.

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would give you a bit more information on next week’s Dynamics CRM Developer workshop: Understanding Dynamics CRM JavaScript Web Service Technologies

A Bit of Background

There are currently two methods for implementing web-services calls into your Dynamics CRM JavaScript:

The Dynamics CRM 2011 Endpoint

The 2011 endpoint has been around since, well 2011 and Dynamics CRM 2011. It contains access points to perform both SOAP calls and REST calls to perform database operations. Most people use the 2011 endpoint for CRUD operations though you may do just about anything if you can create the correct SOAP packet.

WebAPI

With Dynamics CRM 2016, the team introduced a new WebAPI endpoint that contains the functionality of both the SOAP and REST endpoints and has been stated as being the future of API connectivity to Dynamics CRM for JavaScript (for sure) and possibly even .NET (at some point).

 

Why this Matters

Then, Microsoft announced last month that they would be deprecating the 2011 endpoint “sometime after version 9.” Dynamics CRM 2016 is version 8, so the next major release of Dynamics CRM would be version 9.

This means that at some point in the near-ish future, we’re going to have a bunch of code that no longer works.

 

Workshop Discussions

There are currently six libraries or technologies that allow you to perform web service calls against the 2011 endpoint and four that work with the new WebAPI.

In the workshop, I’ll be discussing:

  • Each of the libraries and technologies
  • What I feel are their strengths and weaknesses
  • Tools that will help you do your job (as a developer)
  • Preparing yourself for the path forward, past Dynamics CRM version 9
  • An additional framework that may help with the transition
  • Additional techniques that you may require to fully implement these libraries

 

Questions, Comments, Thoughts?

If you have any questions, then please let me know: mitch at xrmcoaches dot com

If not, then sign up for the workshop and join in on the discussions.

Understanding Dynamics CRM JavaScript Web Service Technologies

Thanks, Mitch

New webinar added to July's Free Webinar Fridays

I have added the following webinar to July’s Free Webinar Fridays:

Introduction to Dynamics CRM Project Service Automation

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 10:00 AM Central Time (U.S.) (GMT-5:00)   Register here

In this webinar we will review the installation and configuration of the new Project Service Automation feature available for Dynamics CRM Online (Spring Release).

Free Dynamics CRM Webinars for July

Hi Everyone,

Here are the webinars for July:

Word and Excel integration with Dynamics CRM 2016

Friday, July 15th, 10:00am Central Time (U.S.) (GMT-5:00)     Register here

In this webinar we'll review the Word and Excel integration features of Dynamics CRM 2016 as well as discuss the third-party integrations available.

The 5 Top Dynamics CRM Ribbon Customizations

Friday, July 22th, 10:00am Central Time (U.S.) (GMT-5:00)     Register here

In this webinar we will walk through the top 5 ribbon customization activities with Dynamics CRM and walk through using the Ribbon Workbench.

Thanks, Mitch

Two Steps to Becoming a betting Dynamics CRM JavaScript Developer

Happy Friday everyone.

I get asked all of the time about becoming a Dynamics CRM Developer or becoming a better one.

Here are two things you can do today, to start down that path:

1. Sign up for Visual Studio Team Services

Formerly Visual Studio Online.

It is free for up to 5 developers and you get all kinds of stuff in the mix:

Features included

All of your team members (OK, all except your free stakeholders) can use these features in your Visual Studio Team Services account:

Need more info? Check out our detailed feature matrix.

You simply cannot underestimate the power and necessity of having a source control system on your side, for ANY type of development you do. Even if you only use the Version Control component of Team Services, you are well ahead of the game. The other features are just developer productivity gravy.

2. Purchase XrmToolKit

Formerly the CRM Solution Manager. [Note: this is not an affiliated link]

This is a different product than the free Dynamics CRM administration toolset, XrmToolbox.

I find this product invaluable. Not only does it allow me to edit my JavaScript (and other code like plugins) inside of Visual Studio, but it will also publish back to Dynamics CRM with merely a button-click. 

And as I mentioned in #1, once we have the code inside of Visual Studio, we can add it to source control and have it safe and secure in the Microsoft cloud somewhere.

 

Well, that’s my two cents for the day. Have a great weekend.

Thanks, Mitch

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