CDS Solution Development – Best Practices – Developed Components

Introduction.

Hi all! Another week went by, another page in the GitHub wiki added… In case you’re new here, read this article which explains the motivation behind it all.

There’s not a lot I can comment on for these few new pages. But I can think of one thing.

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CDS Solution Development – Best Practices – Tooling

Introduction.

Hi all! Another week went by, another page in the GitHub wiki added… In case you’re new here, read this article which explains the motivation behind it all.

What are my thoughts on current CDS tooling? Let’s get into it.

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Integration tests with Table Storage in Azure DevOps

We need database so we need SQL Server. How many times have you heard this nonsense? There are many alternatives to traditional relation databases that are more suitable for some use cases. One of them is Table Storage. In this article, I will show you how to test your code that is using Table Storage in your Azure DevOps CI pipeline.

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Common Data Service Solution Development – Best Practices

Introduction.

I started with series of articles about managed and unmanaged solutions from the ISV (Independent Software Vendor) perspective. You can find the first about merging forms and layering views here, and the second about missing dependencies here. I was thinking about the next topic in the managed vs. unmanaged series and decided to start over with best practices for CDS (Common Data Service) in general.

I just want to state one thing. We are ISV. We build and endorse managed solutions and these best practices are our own based on the documentation from Microsoft and implementations of customer projects.

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Logic App in a multi tenant environment

Since 2018 I am playing with Logic Apps. All that time I have been thinking about the best approach for authentication and authorization. There are certain scenarios where the standard approach (OAuth2, basic, static API key) are not ideal. Consider sending REST API call to someone else’s Azure Active Directory. You can use HTTP with Azure AD, but you need to have someone’s username and password, which is not the nice way of doing this.

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Dynamics 365 – Subgrids without relationship

Have you ever wanted to display a view from different entity and there was no straight relationship? Worry not! I finally figured out how to do it. So, let’s just jump into it!

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Conditional groups across different linked entities in FetchXML

In CDS, the Advanced find gives us a great tool for generating FetchXML files, but even it has some limitations that can be worked around. Today we will focus on more complex FetchXML queries, that require logical OR or AND groups that depend on fields that are not on a single entity.

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Have you ever encountered the Outlook “something went wrong” error, after you switched on Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365?

If you have seen the screen below, you should definitely continue reading, because I’m gonna share with you very simple solution.

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Missing Dependencies – managed vs unmanaged PART 2 (Microsoft Power Platform and CDS)

Introduction.

This is the second part in my series of CDS/Dynamics solution development.

In the last article, I described why you should use managed solutions and why it’s not a great idea to use unmanaged ones. I want to support my suggested best practices in this series in the future so you have the option to make your own opinion. I’m strongly for managed solutions and I’ll tell you another reason why in this part.

Have you ever heard of “missing dependencies”? Well if you are CDS developer like me, I know you have and I know that they are pain in your ***.

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Dynamics 365 – Custom Dialogs in UCI – Part 3

You may wonder why is this part 3 when there is no part 1 and part 2. The reason is simple. Bob Guidinger already covered the introduction to the custom dialogs well enough and you can read about it here in his blog post. Please, do so, I’m going to refer to it quite often.

When I was reading the post, I immediately wanted to try it out in my own environment. However, the blog post doesn’t cover much about more complex ways of using custom dialogs. So I decided to deep dive into this topic.

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