Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Cookbook

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I recently acted as a technical reviewer for a new book; Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Cookbook by Dipankar Bhattacharya. This book is now available from Packt Publishing so I thought I would publish a short review. (Note: I’m not paid by Packt for this role but I do get a free book).

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IronPython CRM 2011 Script for Copying Forms

So I’ve got an entity which has two very similar and very long forms. I made changes to one form which I needed to replicate on the other. I didn’t want to do that manually because that seemed like a very tedious and longwinded piece of work. So instead I used some code.

I did this using an IronPython script and Determination my IronPython/CRM 2011 tool.

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IronPython Script for Deleting Waiting CRM 2011 Workflows with an Error Code

So last week I had to clear out 1000’s of waiting workflows which had error codes in a CRM 2011 environment. I did this using an IronPython script and Determination my IronPython/CRM 2011 tool.

Its a pretty straight forward task, first deactivate the workflow (oddly, using an update call and not SetStateDynamic) and then delete the record. For those interested in performing such a task here is the full source.

import clr

clr.AddReference('Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk')
clr.AddReference('Microsoft.Xrm.Client')

import Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk
import Microsoft.Xrm.Client.Services

connection = Microsoft.Xrm.Client.CrmConnection.Parse(r'[connection string goes here]')
service = Microsoft.Xrm.Client.Services.OrganizationService(connection)

query = Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Query.QueryExpression('asyncoperation')
query.Criteria = Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Query.FilterExpression()
query.Criteria.AddCondition('errorcode', Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Query.ConditionOperator.NotNull)
query.Criteria.AddCondition('statuscode', Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Query.ConditionOperator.Equal, 10)

result = service.RetrieveMultiple(query)

for r in result.Entities:
	print r.Id
	r['statecode'] = Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OptionSetValue(3)
	r['statuscode'] = Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OptionSetValue(32)
	service.Update(r)
	service.Delete('asyncoperation', r.Id)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Scripting Cookbook

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The friendly folks over at Packt Publishing recently sent me a copy of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Scripting Cookbook by Nicolae Tarla. I have worked for them in the past as a technical reviewer (unpaid) and they asked me to review this book for them.

I really enjoyed Nicolae’s work, it’s a great book and I have no reservations about recommending this to others. It really is a fantastic piece of work.

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