Dynamics 365, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, PowerApps, Release Waves

2020 Release Wave 2 – Learn to surf like a Pro and let’s look at Power Apps highlights!

Today the Release Plans for 2020 Release Wave 2 were released, one for Power Platform and one for Dynamics 365 and the accelerators. It is time to prepare for a new wave, features will be rolled out starting from October 2020 and continue to be rolled out until March 2021. If you have not already learned how to surf like a Pro, I will let you know how to do that. What I mean with a Pro here is that a Pro knows how the waves works and knows how to be prepared when a wave is coming. If you already know everything about the Release Wave process, then you still might find the section about Power Apps highlights interesting to read.

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Canvas apps, CDS, Embedded Canvas Apps, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Exploring the ModelDrivenFormIntegration control in embedded Canvas Apps

I have written about the use cases for embedded Canvas Apps before as well as given different examples of how to create an embedded Canvas App. Take a look here for an example of how to implement one of the use cases. In my presentation Deep Space in Power Platform I also have a detailed description about how to create an embedded Canvas App.

There is one part of the app that requires some extra attention though and that is how to make use of the form context, i.e. how to get the information from the record in the Model-Driven App to your embedded Canvas App. In this blog post we will look into the details for just that and I will highlight an issue I ran into when trying to make use of the context.

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Canvas apps, CDS, Community, Custom Data Provider, Data Integration, Dataflows, Embedded Canvas Apps, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, PowerApps, Scottish Summit, Virtual Entities

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 experience, viewpoints and great ideas.

In my previous blog post I shared my story – my day – including pieces of what I learned from attending other sessions. In this blog post I will let you in on the session that I held.

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Custom Data Provider, Data Integration, Model-Driven Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps, Virtual Entities

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 Model-Driven App. Take a look at part 1 here. We will now create a Virtual Entity which uses the Custom Data Provider and see the result in an app.

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Custom Data Provider, Data Integration, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps, Virtual Entities

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 previous blog post.

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CDS, Data Integration, Model-Driven Apps, Power Platform, Virtual Entities

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 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.

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Canvas apps, Custom Connectors, Data Integration, Embedded Canvas Apps, Microsoft Flow, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, PowerApps

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 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.

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Canvas apps, CDS, Embedded Canvas Apps, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

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 my next blog post I will go through the entire process of how to create an embedded Canvas App for one of these use cases.

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CDS, Data Integration, Flow, Microsoft Flow, Model-Driven Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Creating CDS records from an open API – Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day – using Microsoft Flow

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.

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CDS, Data Integration, Dataflows, Model-Driven Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Using Power Platform Dataflows to get data from a Web API into the CDS and a Model-Driven App

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.

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