Today we wrote a plugin which was making use of new shared variables concept for plugin in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
We had one of our plugin registered in post create event of opportunity which was generating a unique number/id for that opportunity record (i.e auto-numbering).
Than we had to write one more plugin again for the same post create event of opportunity but in that plugin we wanted to access the value of that auto generated unique id.
So first what we did was changing the rank of the above two plugin i.e. execution order, if we are registering through plugin-registration tool.
For first plugin which used to generate the unique id we set the rank as 1
and for the second plugin we set it as 2.
But still we were not able to access the value of the unique id attribute in the second plugin.
Than we finally thought of making use of shared variables concept.
The SharedVariables property allows plug-ins to share data with each other. So the plugin which is getting fired first could put some data in the SharedVariables propertybag which than could be accessed by a plugin which is getting fired later.The order of execution of plugin depends on the rank set for it. However we should be careful of not creating too much dependencies among plug-ins.
So, in our first plugin we put the value in the shared variable
context.Properties.Add( new PropertyBagEntry(“MySharedVariable”, myAutoNumber));
and accessed it in the second plugin as following
String mySharedVariable = (string)context.[“MySharedVariable”];