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New CRM 2011 SDK v5.0.5 includes development toolkit!

The new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit (SDK) v 5.0.5 came out yesterday including the eagerly awaited CRM 2011 development toolkit (in beta version)!

The toolkit can be found here http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24004

The Developer Toolkit is a set of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 integration tools designed to accelerate the development of custom code for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM Online. The toolkit supports the creation and deployment of Plug-ins, custom workflows and CRM 2011 web resources and developers can write all of their code from within Visual Studio and deploy them to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM server.

The toolkit also allows for a new Visual Studio solution type called CRM Package, which contains all of the plugins, workflow assemblies and web resources to be deployed as well as their deployment settings, meaning that there is no need to register via the Plugin Registration tool as all of the components can be deployed straight from Visual Studio!

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4 responses to “New CRM 2011 SDK v5.0.5 includes development toolkit!

  1. Parvez Ghumra July 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Hoorayyyy! This calls for a celebration! 🙂

  2. Jason du Plessis August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    The toolkit also includes an enhanced CRM explorer – this allows for full interaction with an existing CRM solution directly including all edit forms, as well as being able to select an entity and easily create Plugin code and regsistration xml for that entity – also all from within Visual Studio.

    Possibly worth noting that the CRM package also supports adding references to silverlight projects, xap files as well as solutions (.zip).

    The Registration file is based on that of the Plugin Registration tool, but has a defined schema so Intellisense if provided, and supports elements to remove any existing plugins, images, steps during registration.

    All deployment actions all available as reusable MSBuild tasks under $ProgramFiles (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\CRM including:
    – Deploy Web Resource
    – Register Plugin
    – Import Solution
    – Export Solution

  3. thinkcrm August 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the update Jason! I’m not a developer but i always love to increase my knowledge of CRM. I’m sure that the people that read this blog will also benefit!

  4. Parvez Ghumra November 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    official v1.0 (non-beta) of the development toolkit now available as part of version 5.0.7 of the SDK. Burmanator to give a demo tomorrow 🙂

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