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Releasing CrmXpress OptionSet Manager v1.0

After a long time I am writing a post on CrmXpress and I will post my story so far, separately.

As of this post, I have a very important announcement to make. There is yet another release from CrmXpress and this time it is CrmXpress OptionSet Manager For Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. As the name suggests it's a very simple utility to manage OptionSets [Local and Global] within CRM 2011 and helps to automate really boring tasks i.e. to maintain [CRUD] option sets manually.

Here is a screenshot from the documentation :

Click Here to see the documentation in case you need any help with the usage of the app.

Click Here to download the latest stable build. As usual we intend to develop it further and we appreciate your feedback on the same.

PS: Watch out for few more CrmXpress releases in very near future.

Exam MB2-876 Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 has been released

I have recently completed a set of exams [CRM 2011 and .Net 4.0] and almost thrice a week I check if new exams are released on CRM 2011, especially Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 as this one is very important for CRM/xRM developers out there.
And good news is this exam is already out. Surprisingly the release date is 29th December 2011, I mean how many of us would have thought of checking released exams during the holiday season?

Anyways I am glad it is finally here and I intend to give it a shot ASAP. If you are looking for more information about the exam then follow this link.


Releasing CrmXpress SmartSoapLogger v1.0

Every Microsoft Dynamics CRM developer runs into a situation when JavaScript + SOAP call is the only logical way out. Now with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 things have changed and old solutions which worked really well with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 don't work anymore. The only way you can achieve this is to use the solution provided in SDK to dump raw SOAP packet and then using Jamie's Soap formatter tool (http://crm2011soap.codeplex.com) you can get a JavaScript that can be used against CRM 2011. Now this is a lengthy process so it is time consuming and as it involves multiple manual steps that make it more error-prone. I am always bit lazy when it comes to monotonous tasks which don't add value to my current engagement. That makes me a big fan of automation, and by automation I mean reduce my efforts to minimal manual inputs to get things done.

On the great journey of automation, inspired by many others, here I would like to present one of the first utility from CrmXpress - SmartSoapLogger v1.0. It is a very simple tool that integrates all of the above mentioned manual tasks in one click and helps you generate required code to make JavaScript + SOAP calls. This tool is available on CodePlex at: http://smartsoaplogger.codeplex.com.

It works with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 On-Premise as well as Online (With some creative thinking this utility can work with CRM 4.0 as well just you will have to put some efforts in order to introduce CRM 4.0 support). Thanks to Jamie Miley (http://mileyja.blogspot.com) the source code for this tool is available on CodePlex at: http://smartsoaplogger.codeplex.com/releases/76542/download/301730.

Also I would like to thank Jamie Miley for his efforts on building SOAP formatter (http://mileyja.blogspot.com/2011/03/crm-2011-jscript-soap-request-formatter.html) as I could build this tool very quickly using his codebase.
Here is a small video demo where SSL (I know SmartSoapLogger is a long name) connects with CRM Online and generates script and SOAP packets for a WhoAmI call.

Releasing CrmXpress TraceHelper v1.0

Microsoft Dynamics CRM lets you create trace files that monitor the actions performed by various Microsoft Dynamics CRM components. For example, CRM Async service can create its own trace file, which enables you to troubleshoot error messages or other issues with CRM Async service. Apart from that, these Trace files can be an excellent resource for an experienced CRM Developer to understand what exactly is going on behind the scenes.

CrmXpress TraceHelper helps you to enable/disable tracing for Microsoft Dynamics CRM with few clicks. It also gives you the option to manage the trace files from within a single window.

You can download it from here : http://www.crmxpress.net/Tools/CrmXpress.Win.TraceHelper.zip

Remember: once the settings are applied, IIS must be restarted to take the effect.