Bypassing CDS Plugins

Plugins are a great way of adding custom business logic to your CDS / D365 implementation. Done right they are fast, highly targeted and – unlike front-end logic in JavaScript or a canvas app – no matter how a user is interacting with the system the same logic will always be applied.

Now what if I told you there was a way to bypass your carefully constructed plugin logic?

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Picking the right data technology

I’ve been studying lately for the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, and the main point of one of the exams (DP-201 – Designing an Azure Data Solution) is all about picking the data platform(s) that best meet the requirements.

Having used SQL Server for many years it’s a simple trap to fall into to just use it for everything. It’s a very powerful tool for running complex queries and can cope with just about anything you want to throw at it, but it’s not always the best choice.

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Retrieving Metadata in D365 / CDS

One of the things that really attracts me to the D365 platform is its metadata capabilities. As an ISV we make a lot of use of this at Data8, making sure our solutions automatically adapt to the customizations that each customer has made in their own system.

There are a few different ways to access the metadata, from both the SDK and Web API. I’m going to look at the SDK options in this post – this is what you’d use in a plugin or external app.

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SQL 4 CDS 2.3.0 Released!

I’m pleased to release the latest update for SQL 4 CDS today! For this update I’ve focused on common problems I’ve seen people encounter with their queries from my telemetry. These updates should either mean that more queries can be executed immediately, or the error message is more descriptive to help solve common errors.

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