Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 20th November

I moved job this week and start my new role at KPMG Crimsonwing.  I noticed they are presenting at Convergence 2015, awesome.

Fasinating fact

What is the difference between raisins, currants and sultanas?

  • Raisins     = any dried white grapes
  • Currants  = dried Black Corinth (also known as Zante)  grapes
  • Sultanas  = dried white seedless grapes, originally from Turkey. Usually Thompson Seedless variety.


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

Richard P. Feynman

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein

Article of the week

There were 3 great tools released in the last week

XrmRichTextEditor component released

This tool adds a rich text editor, which is useful

Introducing the Alexander Development Dynamics CRM Configuration Data Mover

This tool is great, it allows you to move data between your CRM organisations and keep the same guid.  This is useful if you have workflows which use custom entity records.

D CRM Editable Grid

An editable grid, which a lot of end users like.

Best of the Rest

CRM 2015 – What developers need to know about the activity entity

In-depthh article on the Activity entity, otherwise known as ActivityPointer

Dynamics CRM as an xRM Development Platform

Great article discussing why CRM is a great XRM platform

CRM 2013 – Remote Debugging

How to remote debug CRM 2013 on premise plugins.

CRM Web API Using C#

A run through of the Web API using C# from CRM MVP Jason Lattimer

CRM 2011 – How to set an attribute label in Javascript

It’s possible to get the a field’s label using JavaScript

When to automatically change fields using Javascript

Some tips from Hosk about when to change fields using JavaScript.

All About Activity Entity Query Full Guidance in CRM 2011/2013 : Basic–Complex (ActivityPointer, ActivityParty) Queries in One Post

Indepth article on activity entity and SQL queries.

Video: 8 Great Techniques to Assure a Smooth Migration to Dynamics CRM 2015

8 tips delivered by a very happy sounding lady.

Get the Entity Type Code using JavaScript only (not using remote services)

Interesting but unsupported trick to get the entity type code

ExecuteMultiple & Workflow or Plugin Assemblies

Execute Multiple is useful if you plan to update lots of records but it does roll them all back if there is an error.

CRM 2013 – Understanding Auditing, Tips, Tricks and Gotchas

Microsoft unveils German data plan to tackle US internet spying

Microsoft Adds a new EU data centre.

Permissions Issues for CRM 2013/2015 Forms

form permissions

CRM 2013 – When using FetchXML is better than OData

FetchXML has useful functionality like distinct

Tip #517: Disabled user’s personal views

How to disable users personal views


Some advice about using Dialogs

Understanding Auditing in CRM 2013


Most developers have never seen a successful project

Great story of message flaky tests

Scrum is the new waterfall


Learn about Elon Musk

The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce – Wait But Why

How Tesla Will Change The World – Wait But Why

Why Early Decisions Have the Greatest Impact and Why Growing too Much is a Bad Thing

Why you should read

Shane Snows reading list

5 Real-Life Salary Negotiations (And What You Can Learn From Them)

Previous top picks

Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 10th November

Useful Hosk Links

Hosk list Of CRM 2013 Tools

A list and review of CRM 2013 tools, this will probably work in CRM 2015 as well

Hosk’s CRM Developer Articles

A collection of my favourite CRM Developer articles I have written

MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Certification Information

All the CRM 2013 content to help you pass the exam

HoskWisdom – Hosk Developer Quotes

 Words of Wisdom from the Hosk.  I have written over 900 articles, surely I should have said a few memorable things


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