Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Provider for Excel Power Query

April 22, 2015

A new feature in Excel Power Query March Update is the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Provider. In previous versions, OData provider was used to extract data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM as described in this post. In this version, OData provider is still used behind the scenes when selecting the Dynamics CRM Online provider, which means data can still be filtered by adding OData filters to the URL as described in this post. This is important since without any filters, Power Query maybe importing huge amount of redundant data which is not required for your report, while wasting...

Debugging Server Side Components with ReAttach

April 13, 2015

Whether you are using the Plugin Registration Tool or Attach to server process technique to debug Plugin or Custom Workflow Activity components, you probably waste a LOT of time on the Attach To Process procedure in Visual Studio: 1. Click Debug menu 2. Click Attach To Process… menu option 3. Find the target process in the processes list 4. Click Attach Preform this procedure over and over again for every debug iteration…not only this procedure is time consuming, it also takes your mental focus off the debugging process.   I recently discovered the ReAttach extension for Visual Studio,...