Article: Great F# Overview

My colleague sent me a link to a great F# overview from Chris Smith, who presented at DevLink and is a member on the F# team at Microsoft. Everything you want to know about F# on a high level is covered in his post, in a very objective approach.

Check it out here.

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MSCRM AsyncService timeout during Import Customizations

I was performing a CRM deployment to a TEST environment today, and we use the CRM SDK to do that. You use the ImportCompressedAllXmlRequest which takes in a compressed XML Customization file (if you have a .xml file, you can use code to compress it), and uploads it to the CRM Server.

However I was getting Timeout Error from the MSCRMAsyncService. Quite peculiar, and from looking at the Trace logs, it was timing out of a update statement to the AsyncOperationBase table. I quickly did a query, and found more than a million rows in there. AAahhhh….that explains why.

Apparently it’s not uncommon for this table to grow to a humongous state, and it’s not optimal. There’s lot of unnecessary data in there, and causing problems for my deployment. Turns out you need to clean that table up using some SQL scripts, and after that regularly maintain it using batch jobs. Here’s the SOLUTION. By the way, the delete script takes hours to execute, so leave it running overnight!

Here’s a more detailed article explain why this happened in the first place. Hope it helps.

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Developers that care matters

In my first job and project, I was fortunate enough to learn from some of the best. We tried to adhere to most of the best software development practices, like unit testing, daily builds, automated deployment to multiple environments, code reviews, test coverage, source control for code and database, refactoring and countless application design sessions. It was a very fun time in my career…..good times.

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How to implement Convert Lead feature in CRM 4.0

I’ve been dwelling in the world of MS CRM 4.0 for more than a month now, it’s a pretty decent product. In terms of development on CRM, it’s not exactly a pleasant experience. Because it’s such a closed and inflexible ecosystem, there’s only ever 1-2 ways to do something. After doing stuff for a while, it gets pretty repetitive and monotonous. However there was one piece of work that I had to complete which proved to be a little tricky, and I’m going to share with you in this post.

Essentially, I had to implement a behavior that is close to the “Convert Lead” feature in CRM. It was not as straightforward as I though it would be, and here’s the breakdown of things you need to do in order to implement the entire feature.

  1. Create a custom aspx / html page (ideally done entirely using JScript, because any postback on the dialog web page causes issues)
  2. Write JScripts on custom page to convert, deactivate the current record and validation.
  3. Modify ISV Config file to add a button into the toolbar.
  4. Add an Onload JScript to hide the button when entity is inactive. (there’s not in-built way in the ISV Config to do this, which really sucks)

Let’s use a fictitious entity for this example, called new_entity. So here goes.

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Article: Great jQuery tutorials

Some of the best JQuery tutorials I’ve seen so far. Enuff said.

Read about Best jQuery Tutorials for June 2009. Enjoy.

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Article: Kerberos explained

If you develop on the Microsoft Platform, no doubt you would have encountered challenges with authentication using Kerberos. Colleague of mine recommended a great article of how Kerberos authentication works step by step, with scenarios of delegation from multiple servers. Also explains how to configure Kerberos for Sharepoint.

Read article here.

Seth Godin’s awesome presentation on software and marketing

Few days agoo, I watched Seth Godin‘s talk at the Business of Software conference and he’s truly a thought-leader in our field, and a very entertaining and inspiring speaker. It’s about an hour and I promise you that you will be totally drawn and captivated by this.

In this conference, he talks about “Why marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department“. Enjoy.