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Dataverse Summit 2022

Dataverse Summit 2022

Wondering how to access data in Business Central from Dataverse? There are a many ways to combine these two worlds. Join my session to learn how quickly you can connect and transfer data using either connectors or virtual tables. Join my session “Let’s connect: Dataverse & Business Central” during the Dataverse Summit 2022!

Using Many to Many in Power Automated Flows

Using Many to Many in Power Automated Flows

Ohh – what a challenge before I found a very simple solution for a common problem. I was searching, how I can access my related records from a many-to-many relationship in my Power Automate flow. I was googling and found extremely difficult stuff. Someone have resolved the records by using “FetchXml”, calling APIs, or some Xrm “black magic” with Plugins. No – this is definitely to complicated. Finally I was wondering: Isn’t there a simple way to access my records…

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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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Components in Canvas Apps @ Deutschland Powerthon 2021

Components in Canvas Apps @ Deutschland Powerthon 2021

Components are a fantastic asset for Citizen and Pro Developers. In my session, I’ll show how I use this feature to reduce the complexity of my canvas apps. I provide insight into defining properties and event triggers to encapsulate UI elements. Another highlight of this technology is the use of function components as reusable and central code building blocks. You have missed my session? No problem here is the recording from Deutschland Powerthon 2021, 2nd November 2021 (GERMAN only):

Power Apps – Named Record in a Gallery

Power Apps – Named Record in a Gallery

One of my personal highlights this week and the reason I always say #NeverStopLearning: I discovered how to create a named record for a gallery control in my Canvas App. You might say: why should I need this, you can use the ThisItem operator to access the record. And yes, you are right. This is a common solution for child controls in a gallery. I can set up my child controls and connect them to the data. To do this,…

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