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AWS DynamoDB as Virtual Table with CRUD in Dataverse – Part 2

AWS DynamoDB as Virtual Table with CRUD in Dataverse – Part 2

AWS DynamoDB as Virtual Table in Dataverse sounds initially impossible, but it isn’t. The key is to set up an OData service with CRUD functionality. Today I show you how I apply full read and write access from Dataverse to my AWS Data. To shorten a long story, firstly I setup a DynamoDB table as database in AWS. Secondly, I attach this database to my serverless AWS Lambda function, which host my OData API service. Afterwards, I implement create, read,…

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Business Central in Dataverse with Virtual Tables

Business Central in Dataverse with Virtual Tables

In my session at Dataverse Summit 2022 I also introduced Business Central’s feature, the virtual tables in Dataverse. Virtual tables complement the possibilities such as Data Sync and Connectors to connect both worlds. In my opinion, virtual tables are the best way of integration. Unlike data synchronization, you do not copy the data from one system to another. Furthermore, virtual tables in Dataverse are similar to physical tables in usage and this is a clear advantage in contrast to connectors….

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Power Automate Flows as API

Power Automate Flows as API

Did you ever create an API based on Power Automated Flows as endpoints? You might be wondering, why would you do that? Trust me sometimes there is a reason. Furthermore, with the growing Citizen Developer Community and the amount of Power Platform solutions being created, this will become increasingly important in the future. If you have joined my session Power Automate Flows as API at the Azure Developer Community Day 2022 at Microsoft in Munich, you already know the story….

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Transforming API Responses

Transforming API Responses

Custom connectors are amazing to consume external APIs in Canvas Apps or Power Automate Flows. But what are you doing, when the external API response does not fit for you? To be honest, this week I had the same issue with an own API. I set up my custom connector and everything was fine. The connector worked as expected and my operation provided a response. So far so good… But, on the second look, I found out my response won’t…

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Professional ALM for Citizen Developers

Professional ALM for Citizen Developers

In one of my last blog posts, I have shown you my ALM process optimized for my Citizen Developers. I have used a solution based on a Power App and some Power Automate Flows to run a fully automated solution export and import in Dataverse. You remember also my simplified process focused on the needs of a Citizen Developer: This slim process is great for Citizen Developers to get started with ALM. But I’m a Pro Developer – I need…

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Write Less Code – Create reusable Components!

Write Less Code – Create reusable Components!

Component development is not a big deal for me as a Pro-Developer. On the other hand, I recognized during my session at PowerApps Developer Bootcamp our citizen developers need help and examples. For that reason I want to share one example presented in my session. To cut a long story short: Write less code by creating reusable components! The reason is obvious: During development, we generate lots of copy & paste content in our canvas apps. And yes, I also…

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Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Citizen Developers

Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Citizen Developers

It took me a while to realize, my Citizen Developers need a simple approach of an Application Lifecycle Management process. In detail, I can’t talk about Git repositories & branches, Azure DevOps, build and release pipelines. This is to technical and out of scope for my Citizen Developers. In conclusion, a classic Citizen Developer ALM process must be simple. For instance, as a Citizen Developer, I develop my Power Apps and Power Automate Flows. Afterwards, I create my release by…

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Let’s start with ALM!

Let’s start with ALM!

Are you a Citizen Developer and new to Microsoft Dataverse? Have you just created and shared your first PowerApps and Power Automate flows? Then the whole chapter of application lifecycle management is certainly completely new to you. That’s okay, because as a Pro Developer, it’s my responsibility to get you on the right track! In my session, I will explain why it makes sense to have a clear environment strategy. Furthermore I’ll show you, how I use solutions to pack…

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Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Tools

Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Tools

Manual work vs. automation? I am definitely someone who automates as much as possible! For this reason I am always looking for Cmdlet’s or suitable APIs. Most important for me is that I can use these tools and scripts for build automation and application lifecycle management. In Dataverse, my manual work is importing and exporting solutions when I transport my canvas apps between my DEV, TEST, and PROD environments. In addition, I want to store the source code of my…

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Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Solutions

Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Solutions

Once you have started setting up DEV, TEST and PROD environments in Datavers, the next big question arises. How can I transport all my stuff to the next deployment stage? It’s not just my model-driven or canvas apps. I have to take care of their dependencies as well, of course. There are all my used cloud flows, custom connectors, Dataverse tables and much more. In the beginning, as a citizen developer, I transferred every part manually. This means, I exported…

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