If you’re like me, probably your primary activity is not related with the CRM world, however from time to time probably you have been involved in CRM development. This post is to get you from 10mph to 45mph and for myself for future reference. Please bear in mind that this is not a post for experts, it’s a post for people not familiar or not directly linked in CRM stuff.
You can develop the following kind of code in Microsoft Dynamics:
-Server side .Net code: you’ll find yourself writing this kind of code if you want to perform a synchronous/asynchronous task as response to an event. An event could be creating a new account or updating an incident. This event-oriented code is called a plug-in or an action. A plug-in is simply an interface implementation that must be registered. An action is a customized step in a workflow/process. The difference between them is that a workflow is always async and it could be scheduled; in other hand a plug-in is always on-demand, sync or async.
Other common task is reporting. Reports can be designed using the built-in Wizard (which has some limitations) or Business Intelligence Development Studio, which is sort of a Visual Studio based report builder installed by SQL Server. Here there is a good step by step guide about that
Finally I would like recommend this article about good practices to follow.
Javier Andrés Cáceres AlvisMicrosoft Most Valuable Professional – MVP