HideCustomAction and Display \ Enable rule in Dynamics 365

Imagine a scenario where we have both the disable rule and HideCustomAction implemented for a ribbon button. Let us see with an example what will happen in this scenario.

First, let us implement the display rule to hide the Delete button from Contact form when it is in a disabled state.

For active record à

We can see the delete button in the command bar.

For disabled record à The delete button is not visible.

Now let us hide the button using HideCustomAction

Interestingly the Delete button is not available in case of the active contact record this time.

The reason for this is because the HideCustomAction button removes the specified node from the ribbon so that it is not rendered instead of hiding it. Therefore any other enable or display rules are not applied to that button.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customer-engagement/developer/customize-dev/define-custom-actions-modify-ribbon#hide-custom-actions

Hope it helps..

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Plugin on Pre-Validation Stage in Dynamics 365 CE

Recently we had a requirement to delete the Account record without deleting the associated Contact records.

If we try deleting the account record we’d get the following message box

The relationship definition can’t be updated as well to achieve this

So, we wrote a plugin on the pre-validation stage of pre-delete event of Account, which will retrieve and loop through all the child contact records and set its parent customer field as null.

In case of pre-operation the child records were not available.


public void Execute(IServiceProvider serviceProvider)
{
ITracingService tracingService = (ITracingService)serviceProvider.GetService(typeof(ITracingService));
IPluginExecutionContext pluginContext = (IPluginExecutionContext)serviceProvider.GetService(typeof(IPluginExecutionContext));
IOrganizationServiceFactory serviceFactory = (IOrganizationServiceFactory)serviceProvider.GetService(typeof(IOrganizationServiceFactory));
IOrganizationService organizationService = serviceFactory.CreateOrganizationService(pluginContext.UserId);
EntityReference targetEntity = (EntityReference)pluginContext.InputParameters["Target"];
QueryExpression getContacts = new QueryExpression("contact");
getContacts.Criteria.AddCondition(new ConditionExpression("parentcustomerid", ConditionOperator.Equal, targetEntity.Id));EntityCollection allContacts = organizationService.RetrieveMultiple(getContacts);foreach (Entity contact in allContacts.Entities)
{
Entity contactToBeUpdated = new Entity("contact");
contactToBeUpdated.Id = contact.Id;
contactToBeUpdated.Attributes["parentcustomerid"] = null;
organizationService.Update(contactToBeUpdated);
}}

 

Another practical scenario

https://www.inogic.com/blog/2017/03/plugin-pre-validation-operation-to-show-an-error-message-as-well-as-log-the-error/

Hope it helps..

Plugin on AddListMembers message. When does it fire?

In one of our recent implementations involving marketing list entity, we were analysing the AddListMembers message for it.

We registered a plugin on AddListMembers message and below were our findings.

  • Dynamics Marketing List – The plugin didn’t trigger.
  • Static Marketing List – The plugin didn’t trigger for “Add using Lookup“. It only triggered for “Add using Advanced Find” when “Add only the selected members to the marketing list” option was selected. It didn’t trigger for “Add all the members returned by the search to the marketing list

 

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So basically, we need to be very careful while implementing a plugin on AddListMembers message.

Hope it helps..

Using MediaWiki API for Showing content of Wikipedia page inside Dynamics 365 form

Hi,

Recently we had a requirement to show content of Wikipedia page and display it inside CRM in one of the entities form.

For this purpose, we can make use of “MediaWiki web service API.”

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Main_page

To create the query, we can use the below tool

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special%3aApiSandbox

The html source code


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<title></title>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

function SetWikiContent() {

// get country name from crm form
if (Xrm.Page.getAttribute("new_name") != null) {

var title = Xrm.Page.getAttribute("new_name").getValue();

// set the url
var url = "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?format=json&action=parse&page=" + title + "&prop=text&section=0&callback=?";

$.getJSON(url, function (data) {
for (text in data.parse.text) {
var text = data.parse.text[text].split("
");
var pText = "";

for (p in text) {
//Remove html comment
text[p] = text[p].split("<!--");
if (text[p].length > 1) {
text[p][0] = text[p][0].split(/\r\n|\r|\n/);
text[p][0] = text[p][0][0];
text[p][0] += "
 ";
}
text[p] = text[p][0];

//Construct a string from paragraphs
if (text[p].indexOf("
") == text[p].length - 5) {
var htmlStrip = text[p].replace(/<(?:.|\n)*?>/gm, '') //Remove HTML
var splitNewline = htmlStrip.split(/\r\n|\r|\n/); //Split on newlines
for (newline in splitNewline) {
if (splitNewline[newline].substring(0, 11) != "Cite error:") {
pText += splitNewline[newline];
pText += "\n";
}
}
}
}
pText = pText.substring(0, pText.length - 2); //Remove extra newline
pText = pText.replace(/\[\d+\]/g, ""); //Remove reference tags (e.x. [1], [4], etc)

Xrm.Page.getAttribute('new_wikiinfo').setValue(pText);
}
});
}
}

</script>
</head>
<body onload="SetWikiContent();">
</body>
</html>

The helpful article

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8555320/is-there-a-clean-wikipedia-api-just-for-retrieve-content-summary

Hope it helps..

Using Lookup, LookupSet and Multilookup function in SSRS (Dynamics 365)

Using the Lookup, LookupSet and Multilookup functions we can basically combine values from 2 different data set.

The definition of them are

Lookup/LookupSet/Multilookup(source_expression, destination_expression, result_expression, dataset)

source expression – the field from the source data set (for e.g. primary key)

destination expression – the field to be matched from the destination dataset (sort of foreign key)

result expression – the field whose value has to be returned from the destination dataset

dataset – destination dataset name.

For e.g. we have custom entity Team and Team Members (1 à n)

We have following two DataSet one for Team and one for Team Members.

  1. DSTeam

  1. DSPlayer

The sample report has the Tablix which is bound to DSTeam and has two columns one which is bound new_name field of DSTeam dataset and the second column which gets the player name from DSPlayer dataset.

Output:

Lookup function picks the “first matching value” from the second dataset DSPlayer.

To get all the matching we need to use the LookupSet function (along with Join)

Output:

To understand Multilookup, let us create one more entity Tournament that will have a text attribute which stores comma separated team name.

Let us create one more dataset DSTournament and bound it to a new table. Which have one column which lists the Tournament name and the other column that does the multilookup to DSPlayer to get the player name.

It brings the first matching value, by searching (doing lookup) on multiple value i.e. India and South Africa

Hope it helps..

“​SharePoint Attachment Extractor & Metadata Manager” tool for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Two of the most common requirements of the users while using OOB CRM and SharePoint integration have been

  • To associate some sort of metadata with the  document being uploaded from CRM
  • Moving attachments from notes of a particular record to the corresponding folder in SharePoint.

Finally we have a tool than enhances the Out the box integration between CRM and SharePoint and provides these features (in a fully supported manner)

Get all the details here :

https://debajmecrm.com/2016/10/05/new-tool-dynamics-crm-sharepoint-metadata-manager-attachment-extractor/

The tool has been developed by one of my closest friends and now also a MVP for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Debajit Dutta.