Gotchas for PCF Code Components in Canvas Apps
Apr24

Gotchas for PCF Code Components in Canvas Apps

PCF Code Components allow developers to create their own custom interfaces utilizing Typescript and/or React. To learn more about the PCF Component Framework check out this article. Building these controls has been great in Model app but only recently could we also start re-using them in our Canvas apps. If you want to learn more about how to add your PCF Code component to a Canvas App check… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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Microsoft has got you covered #vitecherupp
Apr22

Microsoft has got you covered #vitecherupp

I usually write blog posts which are meant to be useful no matter where you live. This blog post however is mostly meant to help out in Sweden and it is released together with 10 video recordings about how to get started with Power Apps. The video recordings are in Swedish as well. The background for this blog post and the videos is an initiative in Sweden called #vitecherupp. Microsoft… Continue Reading carinamclaesson’s...

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PowerApps Calendar Control
Apr22

PowerApps Calendar Control

This calendar control was built off of React Big Calendar. The calendar can be used to display events with or without related resources. This control has been designed to work in both Canvas and Model apps. Because of the differences in those types of applications there are some differences in how you utilize them in each app. Canvas If you want to utilize resources in Canvas you will need to… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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Converting a date time from 24 hour to 12 hour format
Apr20

Converting a date time from 24 hour to 12 hour format

A guide to convert a date time field from 24 hour format to 12 hour format Continue Reading Hardit Bhatia’s Article on their blog Converting a date time from 24 hour to 12 hour format Date time fields in Power Apps are displayed, by default, in a 24 hour format. I was working on a project a few days ago where the customer wanted the time displayed in 12 hour format both while creating a new record and updating/viewing an...

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Excel-like filtering for text fields
Apr19

Excel-like filtering for text fields

A guide to implement excel-like filtering for text fields Continue Reading Hardit Bhatia’s Article on their blog Excel-like filtering for text fields As has happened multiple times in the past, this was another question that was asked on the Power Apps community. The question was if it was possible to implement excel-like filtering capabilities in Power Apps. I opened excel and looked at all the filtering capabilities for text...

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Case sensitivity of string comparisons
Apr18

Case sensitivity of string comparisons

A quick guide to case sensitive and case insensitive string comparisons in Power Apps Continue Reading Hardit Bhatia’s Article on their blog Case sensitivity of string comparisons Different types of string comparisons work differently – some are case sensitive while some are case insensitive. A question came up on the Power Apps community (yes, almost all of them start there!) where someone wanted to implement a login...

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MB-400: Power Apps + Dynamics 365 Developer Associate Exam
Apr18

MB-400: Power Apps + Dynamics 365 Developer Associate Exam

This week, I am on holiday, meant to be in Egypt watching the kids swim in the Red Sea, drinking as much beer as I can & getting pink. As this didn’t happen, I decided to fit in an exam instead. Why not get another qualification instead? MB-400, the new developer exam, was the one I was dreading, more so than MB-600 I did a couple of weeks back, as my hands-on development has really ground… Continue Reading...

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Google Material Design Text Input Component
Apr17

Google Material Design Text Input Component

A component version of text input control inspired by Google’s Material Design Continue Reading Hardit Bhatia’s Article on their blog Google Material Design Text Input Component A few months ago, I had shared a revamped text input control inspired by Google’s Material Design. I presented this, for the first time, to an audience on April’s session (recording can be found here) for the Houston Power Apps and...

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iPhone style slide gesture for navigation
Apr17

iPhone style slide gesture for navigation

A step-by-step guide to implement an iPhone style slide gestures that can be used from navigating from one screen to another Continue Reading Hardit Bhatia’s Article on their blog iPhone style slide gesture for navigation A user on the community had added a slider control at the bottom of the screen to navigate from one screen to another and back. Because more often than not, we use the OnSelect of a button/label or use the...

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Choosing default keyboard for text input fields
Apr16

Choosing default keyboard for text input fields

A guide to add visibility into a property that allows different keyboards to show up for text input fields Continue Reading Hardit Bhatia’s Article on their blog https://thepoweraddict.com/choosing-default-keyboard-for-text-input-fields/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=choosing-default-keyboard-for-text-input-fields Blog Syndicated with Hardit Bhatia’s Permission

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Changing working habits – WFH isn’t easy
Apr09

Changing working habits – WFH isn’t easy

As a departure from my usual posts, I wanted to share my thoughts on coping during the biggest change to our professional life: COVID-19. Social distancing rules have meant that a lot more of us are having less social contact with our colleagues, family and friends. This leads to stress and anxiety, exhibited in numerous ways, and if not tackled, depression. Further, our professional… Continue Reading LinkeD365’s Article...

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3 Minute Features: Episode 10: Keys
Apr07

3 Minute Features: Episode 10: Keys

When I started this series, my intention was to create a series of videos to guide a user in the fundamentals of the Power Platform, starting with Entities and working my way through each of the parts. The trouble with video is that it takes a long while to edit and prepare. Each video was taking 4-6 hours to produce. This, I am well aware, is most likely down to my lack of skill, but it… Continue Reading LinkeD365’s...

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MB-600 : Microsoft Power Apps + Dynamics 365 Solution Architect (beta)
Apr04

MB-600 : Microsoft Power Apps + Dynamics 365 Solution Architect (beta)

Last week I sat the MB-600 exam, which for any aspiring Solution Architect in our world is the pinnacle qualification. Still in beta, so not sure how I got on, but thought I would share my thoughts while I still remember. As part of my learning, I create mindmaps, it helps me focus my understanding and is quicker for me to review later for last-minute cramming sessions. With the rest of… Continue Reading LinkeD365’s...

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Quick Approvals – Send with Options
Apr02

Quick Approvals – Send with Options

As I digitally transform the club I am involved with, stardiving.org I come across ways in Power Automate that are pretty useful. I have previously talked about Adaptive Cards for approvals and this works great, but only for internal use. Same with Approvals, they are perfect for what I wanted to achieve, but limited to internal users. Send Email with options is a great way of getting… Continue Reading LinkeD365’s Article...

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Bing Maps PCF Control
Mar24

Bing Maps PCF Control

Bing Maps PCF Control Overview This PCF control allows you to display information for a view that contains latitude and longitude information within Bing Maps. The Info Box for each pushpin that is created on the map also gives you the ability to open the selected record. Additional Features Map will default to a bounding box defined by the location data being shown.Will work with dataset that… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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Utilize Customized npm Package from GitHub Branch
Mar24

Utilize Customized npm Package from GitHub Branch

Utilize Customized npm Package from GitHub Branch When working with npm libraries there are times you find bugs or want to add functionality to a library. You could just modify the files locally and run the application but this gets tricky when you go to deploy an application and it does an npm install which doesn’t include your changes. If the project is out there on GitHub there is a better… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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Azure Maps PCF Control
Mar22

Azure Maps PCF Control

Azure Maps PCF Control Overview This PCF control allows you to display information for a view that contains latitude and longitude information within Azure Maps. The Popup Box for each point that is created on the map also gives you the ability to open the selected record. Additional Features Utilizes a central configuration entity for authentication which means not having to update multiple… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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Combining information from multiple data sources with Power Platform Dataflows
Mar19

Combining information from multiple data sources with Power Platform Dataflows

Power Platform Dataflows can be used to load data either into the Common Data Service or into an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 resource, both for utilizing the data in your Dynamics 365 apps or your custom Power Apps and for analytical scenarios. I have written about Dataflows earlier, even before the feature was called Dataflows. Last year Data Integration in Maker Portal was rebranded into… Continue Reading...

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Incident App (Part 2)
Mar18

Incident App (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, here I established an application I wrote to improve incident management at the club I am proud to chair. Requirements Centralised, secure list of incidents – (Part 1)Ability to add divers to list for trials or competitions (Part 1)Data entry must be easy and not time-consuming (Part 1)Weekly notification of all incidents to the welfare officerEmail to… Continue Reading Cooky’s...

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Alexa, Field Service and Me (Part 5) – Using Azure Service Bus
Mar13

Alexa, Field Service and Me (Part 5) – Using Azure Service Bus

In my previous post I walked through swapping out Power Automate with Azure Functions for responding to Alexa in our Field Service scenario. This post is about finalising the code by using Service Bus function to create the Work Order. In the Power Automate version I used a child flow call to allow the response to happen quickly, without waiting for the numerous calls to establish data… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on...

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Scottish Summit 2020 – Deep Space in Power Platform
Mar12

Scottish Summit 2020 – Deep Space in Power Platform

It has now been almost two weeks since the sound of bagpipes and the sight of kilts. I can still feel the excitement and passion which filled the air at the University of Strathclyde on that Saturday, when we were all united because of the passion for what we do. As usual it gave me so much inspiration and positive energy just to meet with like-minded enthusiasts, all with different… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Alexa, Field Service and Me (Part 4) – Using Azure Funtions
Mar09

Alexa, Field Service and Me (Part 4) – Using Azure Funtions

I was lucky enough to be given a speaking slot at Summit Europe in Barcelona on this Alex subject. Unfortunately this event is now postponed until June, but I set myself the challenge to replace the Flow in this solution with a more capable (quicker) response time. Power Automate is great, don’t get me wrong. I love that a low code alternative to connecting applications is available. I… Continue Reading Cooky’s...

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Alexa, Field Service and Me (Part 4) – Using Azure Functions
Mar09

Alexa, Field Service and Me (Part 4) – Using Azure Functions

I was lucky enough to be given a speaking slot at Summit Europe in Barcelona on this Alex subject. Unfortunately this event is now postponed until June, but I set myself the challenge to replace the Flow in this solution with a more capable (quicker) response time. Power Automate is great, don’t get me wrong. I love that a low code alternative to connecting applications is available. I… Continue Reading LinkeD365’s...

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Scottish Summit – A Review
Mar07

Scottish Summit – A Review

The extra day a year only comes around every 4 years and it seemed appropriate that a lot of the Power Platform community came together to celebrate in Glasgow. Scottish Summit 2020 was sponsored by Avanade and myself and several colleagues went along to enjoy the event, cement Avanade in the community, share our knowledge and learn from others. With over 1000 people descending on the… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on...

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Scottish Summit 2020 – Kilts, bagpipes and a new little ⭐
Mar07

Scottish Summit 2020 – Kilts, bagpipes and a new little ⭐

It was last year in October at Power Platform Saturday Sweden that I first heard of the Scottish Summit. Several people said to me that the Scottish Summit is going to be THE event of the year 2020. I heard that it was going to be huge and that it had this amazing list of speakers. Coming home and still having all that positive energy that came from the Swedish event, I knew that the Scottish… Continue Reading...

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3 Minute Feature : Episode 9 : Dashboards
Mar05

3 Minute Feature : Episode 9 : Dashboards

A common staple of the Model driven app experience, my 9th video runs you through creating single and multi stream dashboards Episode 9 : Dashboards Transcript Dashboards have 2 variants, those that are connected to an entity and those that are not. An entity dashboard, called Single Stream previouly, are designed for support desk users or similarly focused indviduals.  The… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their...

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Virtual Entities – How to put the pieces together
Feb27

Virtual Entities – How to put the pieces together

This is the last blog post in a series of four about Virtual Entities. We have reached the moment where we will put all the pieces together in order to get a working example of Virtual Entities. In my previous blog posts I have given an introduction to Virtual Entities and showed how to create and register a Custom Data Provider which can be used to display SpaceX Rocket Launches in a… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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3 Minute Feature : Episode 8 : Charts
Feb27

3 Minute Feature : Episode 8 : Charts

Charts in a model app are a great tool for customisers to visualise data Episode 8 : Charts Transcript Charts in D365 allow a visualisation of the data from a view. We discussed views earlier in the series so won’t go into that. Starting at the Entity in your solution, you navigate to charts, select Add Chart The new chart display comes up We will begin with a simple… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their blog 3...

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Incident App (Part 1)
Feb23

Incident App (Part 1)

Most of you won’t know this, but to keep me busy (as if work, blogging, presenting & community isn’t enough) I am the chair of my local platform diving club, Star Diving. Give them a look at http://stardiving.org/ if you or your son or daughter want to learn a great sport that pushes you to control your body & keep fit. My youngest son is part of the Skills squad (very proud parent) and he… Continue Reading...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 7 : Forms Pt2
Feb20

3 Minute Features : Episode 7 : Forms Pt2

This is the second part of the Forms feature, highlighting some useful tips & where to start when Business rules is not enough. Episode 7: Forms Pt2 Transcript With forms, if business rules don’t meet your requirements, you may have to resort to Javascript. These little code snippets allow you to do pretty much anything on a form that is not possible in business rules, but be… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on...

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2020 Release Wave 1: Improved Email
Feb19

2020 Release Wave 1: Improved Email

Part of the 2020 Wave 1 were some changes to the Email functionality, namely contextual email communication & Easier selection of email templates. I have already been through enabling the Wave 1 release here, so won’t do that again. Easier selection of Email templates Previously, in an email, you can select the Template box, and it just gives you a selection of the templates. < div...

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2020 Release Wave 1 : Kanban board
Feb16

2020 Release Wave 1 : Kanban board

On 3rd February, early access to the Kanban board for Opportunities was made available, and as an avid user of Kanban like boards, I thought I would give it a spin. Kanban is a method of visualising and planning activities by their status. In the standard model app you can apply a process to any record, having a step by step guide to your business process. < h2>Enabling the Wave 1 Early… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 6 : Forms Pt1
Feb13

3 Minute Features : Episode 6 : Forms Pt1

There is a lot you can do with forms in the Modal driven app, so this topic is split into two Episode 6: Forms Pt 1 Transcript In the solution, select our entity, then forms Select the main form. Once the form opens, you can see the fields I have already added. I am going to a new tab, then add sections. Sections allow you to add controls linked to the primary record. Each… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their blog 3...

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Virtual Entities – Registering a Custom Data Provider
Feb12

Virtual Entities – Registering a Custom Data Provider

This is the third blog post in a series of four about Virtual Entities. In my previous blog post I went through an example of how to develop a Custom Data Provider. In this one we will look at the steps needed in order to register the Custom Data Provider. In the last blog post I will put the pieces together, set up a Virtual Entity and use the Custom Data Provider that was created in the… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 5 : Views
Feb06

3 Minute Features : Episode 5 : Views

In the fifth installment of this series, I look at views. How to design them and where they are used. Episode 5: Views Transcript Starting on the entity, go to Views This lists all the system views that are associated with our entity. These are generated when you create an entity. Some of them are normal, views that represent data to the user when they view lists. Some have… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their blog...

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Custom Grid/Subgrid Using Office-UI-Fabric DetailsList
Feb05

Custom Grid/Subgrid Using Office-UI-Fabric DetailsList

Custom PCF Grid/Subgrid Using Office-UI-Fabric DetailsList Allows you to simulate the out of the box Grid and Subgrid controls using the Office-UI-Fabric DetailsList control. It was built to provide a springboard when you need a customizable grid experience. This component re-creates a mojority of the capabilities available out of the box in less than 300 lines of code and demonstrates the… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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How to implement a multilingual Canvas App?
Jan30

How to implement a multilingual Canvas App?

Since Canvas Apps have been around for a long time, and especially since their usefulness for answering simple business use cases has been proven, they do not have language management implemented OOB. When we look at model-driven apps and what they allow us to do to translate the application, we are still a little bit dreamy to have the same functionality within Canvas Apps. The purpose of… Continue Reading Allan De...

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Virtual Entities – How to create a Custom Data Provider
Jan30

Virtual Entities – How to create a Custom Data Provider

This is the second blog post in a series of four blog posts about Virtual Entites. In this one I will let you in on how to create a Custom Data Provider. As mentioned in my previous blog post, Virtual Entities provide a possibility to display and work with data (display in views, make advanced finds, show the records etc.) without having the data stored in the Common Data Service. I… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 4 : Business Rules
Jan30

3 Minute Features : Episode 4 : Business Rules

Wearing ties is a rule that is just bonkers, and not allowing working from home. Thankfully those in CDS are a little more understandable. Welcome to the 4th video in the 3 minute feature series, on Business Rules Episode 3 : Business Rules Transcript Starting from the Entity, select Business Rules, Add Business Rule At the top is some tools which we will use later The… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their blog 3...

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Use Dynamics WebAPI to get Record Count
Jan29

Use Dynamics WebAPI to get Record Count

Use Dynamics WebAPI to get Record Count When working in an environment where tools like XrmToolbox are not available or allowed getting a total record count can be a real pain sometimes. One way of doing it just using the browser involves using the Dynamics WebAPI. This came in handy last time we were doing a data load on our production system and wanted to see the status of how many records… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson...

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Use Dynamics WebAPI to get LogicalName or ObjectTypeCode for Entity
Jan23

Use Dynamics WebAPI to get LogicalName or ObjectTypeCode for Entity

Use Dynamics WebAPI to get LogicalName or ObjectTypeCode for Entity If you need to get the LogicalName or ObjectTypeCode of an entity in your Dynamics environment you can utilize the WebAPI to get the metadata. If you have the LogicalName of the entity you can use this url.Format:<Dynamics… Continue Reading Rick A. Wilson (RAW)’s Article on their blog Use Dynamics WebAPI to get LogicalName or ObjectTypeCode for Entity...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 3: Relationships
Jan23

3 Minute Features : Episode 3: Relationships

Relationships are difficult, will she go out with you? Are you good enough? Does he want to propose? Those in CDS are a little less complicated, but only just. My next 3 minute feature tries to give you an understanding of relationships Episode 3: Relationships Transcript First, lets explain a relationship The simpliest relationship there is in the Common data service… Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their blog 3...

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Virtual Entities – A forgotten feature which is still alive
Jan19

Virtual Entities – A forgotten feature which is still alive

Virtual Entities have been on my radar since it was released back in July 2017. I have not used it in any customer project yet though and you do not hear so much about it nowadays (as indicated in the title of this blog post). However, last year in October there was a session at eXtreme 365 where Matt Barbour said “Virtual Entities are not dead”. My friend Jonas was there to witness it… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 2 : Fields
Jan16

3 Minute Features : Episode 2 : Fields

This is the 2nd installment of my 3 minute feature videos, going into detail about the different field types, how they appear on the interface and some other useful stuff. Episode 2: Fields Transcript Starting with the new entity I created last time, select new then field. This pops up a form to the right, which has a display name and field name for you to enter the detail…. Continue Reading Cooky’s Article on their blog 3...

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3 Minute Features : Episode 1 : Entities
Jan09

3 Minute Features : Episode 1 : Entities

My hiatus from blogging is due to my lack of creativity around thinking about problems and how to solve them and this got me thinking about a ready source of material that which would give me a infinite number of things to write about. As I always want to learn, and envy those that do these things, rather than a blog, I have started a video series which does a show and tell on a subject, in… Continue Reading Cooky’s...

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Looking back at 2019 – it was all about Community
Dec30

Looking back at 2019 – it was all about Community

The year is coming to an end and a new year with new possibilities is ahead of us. There will be new Release Waves to embrace and new Release Plans to dig into. There will be new challenges, i.e. new possibilities to grow as a professional and as a person. But before we jump into the next year with excitement for where it will take us, let us do a recap of this past year. In this blog… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Deep dive into Power Apps Component Framework – Part 4 : Walkthrough to create your first PCF (based on a field)!
Dec27

Deep dive into Power Apps Component Framework – Part 4 : Walkthrough to create your first PCF (based on a field)!

In this new episode, we will simply build step by step a PCF bound to a field! Before continuing to read this article, I advise you to read the four latest articles: Prelude : Getting started with PowerApps Component Framework Episode 1: First Steps! Episode 2: Focus on … Control Manifest file! Episode 3: Focus on … Architecture & Component’s life cycle! The objective will therefore to… Continue Reading...

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Using embedded Canvas Apps to display external data in Model-Driven Apps
Dec21

Using embedded Canvas Apps to display external data in Model-Driven Apps

This is the second blog post in a series of two about embedded Canvas Apps. My previous blog post was all about the concept of embedded Canvas Apps. If you want to know the difference between Canvas Apps and Model-Driven Apps (both together being the building blocks of Power Apps) and find out when you can combine those and utilize an embedded Canvas App on a form in a Model-Driven App, go… Continue Reading...

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Getting started with embedded Canvas Apps
Dec08

Getting started with embedded Canvas Apps

Canvas Apps is one of the two building blocks of Power Apps, the second being Model-Driven Apps. I have written about both these concepts before and I have also mentioned that you can combine the two by embedding a Canvas App on a form in a Model-Driven App. This is the first blog post in a series of two. In this first blog post I will give examples of use cases for embedded Canvas Apps and in… Continue Reading...

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Deep dive into Power Apps Component Framework – Part 3 : Focus on … Architecture & Component’s life cycle!
Dec01

Deep dive into Power Apps Component Framework – Part 3 : Focus on … Architecture & Component’s life cycle!

In this new episode, we will go into a little more detail on the design of a component. Before continuing to read this article, I advise you to read the three previous ones: Prelude : Getting started with PowerApps Component Framework Episode 1: First Steps! Episode 2: Focus on … Control Manifest file! The objective will therefore be to study the functioning and life cycle of the… Continue Reading Allan De Castro’s...

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