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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What’s new in XrmToolBox world

If you are using the latest version of XrmToolBox, then you should see this popup when launching it
This was the super cool hidden feature of the previous version! It works (I’m relieved…)
In this new release of XrmToolBox, there is three new features, as described below
Optimization in plugin development
Thanks to Daryl LaBar, one of the developer of other XrmToolBox plugins, the way to develop plugins for XrmToolBox has never been so easy. All you have to do is to create a user control that inherits from PluginBase class. All the connectivity is handle by the base class and you just have to focus on what your tool should do.
Daryl added also helper classes to handle asynchronous call in a really easy way. Read his blog article on this topic.
The documentation on CodePlex project page explains how to use the new development model.
A new tool : Metadata Browser
Even if Microsoft delivers a metadata browser solution in the CRM SDK package, it is just a pain to install this solution in each organization I am working on. So I developed a XrmToolBox plugin that does the same job : allows you to browse metadata from your organization. It’s a first version and I may have forgotten some features but I think it’s quite complete.
How does it work?
The first action of the tool is to retrieve the list of entities
By double clicking on an item, you can then see the metadata for the selected entity
You can browse all set of metadata included attributes, relationships and privileges. You can also see these items in lists for better reading
Again, when double clicking on an item, its properties are displayed in a property grid
To come back to previous screen, just click on button “Hide Panel”
You will have the possibility to select columns you want to display in lists and their order. This configuration will be saved to avoid to reconfigure the layout you want each time.
As usual, this tool is included in XrmToolBox package available on CodePlex
Another new tool : User Settings Utility
This one was asked by my fellow MVP Scott Sewell. It allows to update user personal settings in bulk like this solution does.
Again, this tool is included in XrmToolBox package available on CodePlex