Posts in Category: architecture

Using the Solution Checker

When building new solutions with PowerApps (and now that Microsoft is strongly encouraging people to push solution infrastructure and usage to the new PowerApps model) you can now take advantage of the Solution Checker.

The Solution Checker is available from the main solution window and allows an administrator to validate a solution before exporting it and avoiding the whole conversations of “but you told me it was done?” that can sometimes happen with Dynamics.

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After you run the checker against your solution you are then able to view the results and identify what needs to be fixed (if anything) before

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Calling your HTTPTrigger

After you deploy your first HTTP Trigger function, the first thing you are going to want to do is call it.

(And why not).

However, how you call it at what URL you use are not as straightforward as you might think.

To find the URL that will trigger your app, navigate into the function itself and look for the (very, very small) link that says “< /> Get function URL

When opened, this will give you the URL that you can use to call your function. Simply “copy” the URL and you’ll be good to go.

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Keys to Architecture Diagramming

I’m not a big fan on spending an inordinate amount of time on diagramming solutions or concepts down to the nth detail primarily because that level of detail will always, always, always change and you will be left with outdated diagrams that when someone goes to look at what they are will be confused.

I am a big fan of drawing out ideas on the whiteboard though (big fan) and do realize that these diagrams have their place in getting people on board to adopt a solution.

Hence, keys to putting together an Architecture Diagram that people will get behind.

  1. Make it Simple – if your diagram is overly complex with icons all over the place, simplify it, break it into multiple diagrams.  If you can’t understand it and describe what is going

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Patterns on Bulk Data Migration

No code in this most, well maybe a bit.

I’ve been working on a number of data migrations over the past few years using a variety of tools, from off the shelf solutions to home grown, I’ve run everything in between.

All of them have their hits and misses and this isn’t to harp on one over the other as I continue to refine my approach in getting data into Dynamics in the most efficient way possible.

My current investigation into how to optimize this process has lead me to consider what the most important pieces for a solution to work are;

  1. Make it As Fast As Possible.
  2. Being able to handle Concurrent Connections (i.e., multi-thread and parallelize it until the cows come home).
  3. Accessible in the environment that the user operates in (read: if you’re

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What a Concept?

If you’ve been reading my old blog ForgottenCoder for a while, you know the focus has been primarily on Dynamics and anything that breaks off of it.  Forgotten Coder was a fun experiment but I wanted to keep the focus going on Dynamics and what I learn through it and make that content a little more organized.

Hence, 365Concepts.com.

(that’s it, no other big reveal, thanks for reading, contact if you have questions).

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