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 live. Great to hear that Microsoft are doing investments within this area, i.e. it is not a completely forgotten chapter in the product portfolio.Continue reading “Virtual Entities – A forgotten feature which is still alive”
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 back to my previous blog post and you will find out more about that. In this blog post we will look at a specific use case and how to set that up.Continue reading “Using embedded Canvas Apps to display external data in Model-Driven Apps”
For about a week ago I had some fun exploring one of Nasa’s Open APIs, Astronomy Picture of the Day. I made a Canvas App which displayed the picture of today (with a Microsoft Flow in the background). As a separate thing I also created a Microsoft Flow which I scheduled to run each day, it gets me the picture of today and saves it as a record in the Common Data Service. Before I set up the flow I created an entity to hold this information. This blog post will let you in on how I set up the flow which creates CDS records and how to display the records in a Model-Driven App.Continue reading “Creating CDS records from an open API – Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day – using Microsoft Flow”
This is the second blog post of two about the Power Platform Saturday Sweden event which was held on the 5th of October. In the first one you can read about it from an attendee’s point of view. In this blog post I will let you in on the session that me and my colleague Carl Aspernäs held. Actually, I put in some new tips in here as well, which we did not mention during our session. So even if you did attend our session, you might learn something new from this blog post.Continue reading “Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from a speaker’s point of view – Introduction to Dataflows and Data Integration”
October is knocking on the door which means exiting times from a Power Platform point of view. The 2019 release wave 2 is coming to us. Let us not be washed over, instead let us surf it and have some fun. There are a lot of new features and improvements to discover.
This blog post will be dedicated to the new (or rather rebranded) feature Dataflows and how you can set up a Dataflow which gets data from a Web API and writes it to the CDS. We will also create a Model-Driven App in which we can work with this data.Continue reading “Using Power Platform Dataflows to get data from a Web API into the CDS and a Model-Driven App”
This is the third and last blog post in a series of three. In the first blog post I explained that you can access Data Integration from different user interfaces and overall how to get started and set up data integration projects from within the Power Apps Web Portal. In the second blog post I gave an example of how to set up a data integration project. In this blog post I will summarize my findings.Continue reading “Findings from exploring Data Integration in Power Platform”
This is the second blog post in a series of three. In my previous blog post I described how you can access the data integration feature from different user interfaces. Either from one of the admin centers Power Apps Admin Center or Power Platform Admin Center. You can also go to the Power Apps Web Portal. In this blog post I will describe how to set up a data integration project from the Power Apps Web Portal.Continue reading “Getting started with Data Integration in Power Platform”