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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Extensions Cookbook

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Extensions Cookbook

Overview of this book

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a powerful tool. It has many unique features that empower organisations to bridge common business challenges and technology pitfalls that would usually hinder the adoption of a CRM solution. This book sets out to enable you to harness the power of Dynamics 365 and cater to your unique circumstances. We start this book with a no-code configuration chapter and explain the schema, fields, and forms modeling techniques. We then move on to server-side and client-side custom code extensions. Next, you will see how best to integrate Dynamics 365 in a DevOps pipeline to package and deploy your extensions to the various SDLC environments. This book also covers modern libraries and integration patterns that can be used with Dynamics 365 (Angular, 3 tiers, and many others). Finally, we end by highlighting some of the powerful extensions available. Throughout we explain a range of design patterns and techniques that can be used to enhance your code quality; the aim is that you will learn to write enterprise-scale quality code.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
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Creating a solution using the Dynamics CRM Developer Toolkit template

The developer toolkit for Dynamics 365 is a Visual Studio add-on that simplifies building customization extensions for Dynamics 365, as well as helps deploying them to different Dynamics 365 instances.

In this recipe, we will walk you through installing the developer toolkit and starting a new solution using the template.

Getting ready

You will need to download the developer toolkit from and install it on a development machine that has Visual Studio and the Dynamics 365 SDK already installed. You will also require the .NET framework 4.5.2 installed.


At the time of writing, the developer toolkit is not compatible with Visual Studio 2017. It is recommended that you use the 2015 version. Older versions, 2012 and 2013, are also supported.

Once installed, you will need to set up the path to the SDK by navigating to Tools |...