Category Archives: Software Development

Cross Origin (CORS) enabled WCF Services over SSL from Dynamics CRM

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The latest W3C standard CORS specification addresses the issue that most browsers simply won’t allow cross domain calls for security reasons. Previous workarounds for Dynamics CRM calls to external web services have included transferring logic from client to server via a dialog or workflow with custom activity, the use of JSONP or using IIS URL   …Continue Reading


Top 8 differences between Dynamics CRM and Salesforce

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Search online for CRM or Customer Relationship Management and you are likely to come across the two main contenders within the CRM arena: Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce CRM. There are many similarities between the two CRM solutions but there are also some important differences which you should be aware of before making your choice.   …Continue Reading


Timer Control in Dynamics CRM 2015

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After finally getting around to using the new timer control in Dynamics CRM 2015 (although introduced in 2013), it is clear that this is a simple, yet very powerful, graphical way of seeing how much time is left on an open case for example, before it breaches SLA agreements. We did however run into one   …Continue Reading


Top Software Company

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TENACITY, INNOVATION AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT SEES LEADING SCOTTISH IT FIRM MOVE TO PRESTIGIOUS CITY CENTRE LOCATION A leading Scottish independent IT services firm has moved into one of Glasgow’s most prestigious city centre offices – highlighting tenacity, innovation and staff development as key to its ongoing success. Bridgeall, which designs, develops and supports software solutions   …Continue Reading


AutoMapper Configuration and Setup for Dynamics CRM

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The scenario When it comes to mapping objects within .Net AutoMapper is a popular choice.  AutoMappers wiki has many examples of moving between complex to flat structures; custom resolvers for bespoke situations and more.  But implementing mappings between your custom .net typed objects and CRM entities can be a little more complicated, especially when it   …Continue Reading


Save time and your sanity with NBuilder

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Building maintainable unit test data quickly with NBuilder Anyone who has worked on a unit test project for any length of time will tell you, setting up the vast amount of test data required for the process is a guaranteed way to cut through time and sanity. Depending on the complexity of the test, there   …Continue Reading


Microsoft Exam Study Guide

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When studying for a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Exam it’s useful to refer to both official study materials, such as associated Microsoft Press books, but also to a wider range of resources to help you prepare for the exam. Therefore hopefully you will find this list of resources used by Bridgeall staff during their preparation   …Continue Reading


Visual Studio 2012 Shortcut Tips

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Would you like to Create Unit Tests in Visual Studio 2012? Here’s a quick guide that will tell you how to…….. Visual Studio 2012 has some great new productivity features to assist with testing and development but one of the most useful features from the previous version seems to be missing! Visual Studio 2010 had a really   …Continue Reading


CRM – adding a custom button to the form ribbon

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  Here’s a quick guide to adding a custom button to ribbon on a form in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and 2013. In this example, we will be adding a button to the Account form to launch a custom Dialog.           Getting the Customizations XML To get the customizations xml we   …Continue Reading


SharePoint 2013 …. more than just a document management system

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It is well known that Microsoft SharePoint 2013 is a powerful document management tool which provides features such as organisation (by using tagging, taxonomies and folders), workflows, advanced search capability, security and Microsoft Office integration. In this blog I will highlight many of the other useful features that SharePoint 2013 offers.       Social   …Continue Reading