Error Notification UCI Enhancements in October Release

As part of the October 2019 release (Wave 2), the Unified Interface will receive a few usability enhancements that will address some of the issues that were reported by the community. These enhancements include: Anchoring error notifications, Viewing inline images for emails that are read-only, Improved usability/density and filtering in views and form header usability enhancements.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2019 Release Wave 2

The Microsoft Dynamics 365 2019 Release Wave 2 is not available for early adopters. The release is scheduled to start deployment to production environments starting in October of 2019. During August and September, Microsoft Dynamics customers check out the upcoming list of updates that will be released in October.

Dynamics 365 Connector in GCC

Recently I had to work on a PowerApps/Flow solution that would connect to a Dynamics 365 data source. I have done various things previously with the Dynamics 365 connector, but when trying to do the same in my GCC environment, I could not see the Dynamics 365 connector. I thought it was removed, but then I checked my commercial environment and it was there.

Credit Card Validator PCF Control

Recently, I published a blog post on creating a PowerApp that validates a Credit Card number, and displays the correct image next to the card based on the Card number. As my first PowerApps Component Framework application, I took the same logic of the PowerApp that I created, and decided to create a PCF control that will do the same. I have also created a training guide for this, so that you can follow this logic step by step, which you can download at the bottom of this post.

Dynamics 365 Server version 9.0 available for download

A few days behind schedule, but the highly anticipated Dynamics 365 version 9.0 for On-Premise deployments is not available for download. Preview releases have been available for a while now via the Microsoft experience web site, but on 11/2 Microsoft made this release public.

SharePoint Documents are back in Dynamics Portals October 2018 Release

Ever since Microsoft purchased AdxStudios and replaced the product with Dynamics Portals, one of the biggest pains was the removal of SharePoint documents. The interim solution of course was available using Azure blobs with the Dynamics Labs solution which provided document uploads, but using the Out of the Box SharePoint Documents was a miss by a lot of Portal Developers.

Changing the details page link url for Entity Lists

When displaying entity lists on a web page, there is usually a default column in a view which is displayed as a hyperlink. The link to the page is displayed based on the Web Page for Details View and the ID Query String Parameter Name attributes on the Entity List form (as shown in the image below). The problem is, what happens if my page that is displaying the Entity List already has query string parameters, and you want to keep those parameters on the next page that you are going to display.

Adding masking to form controls in Dynamics Portals

It is a pretty known practice today, that when creating a web application that requests data from customers, certain fields are masked so that the system can prevent the entry of incorrect data. This has been done in desktop applications for a long time and is now also very common in web based applications.

Using Placeholders in Portal Entity Form Text Controls

Recently I was working on a project, where the client needed all fields to have placeholders for accessibility reasons. When looking at the attribute metadata of the Entity Form, we are allowed to enter some text above or below the textbox control (or above the label), but the option is not available to prepopulate the control with some text when there is no data in it. After seeing a few community questions on how to implement this, I thought to share the solution.