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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Canvas apps, Custom Connectors, Flow, Microsoft Flow, Power Platform, PowerApps

Setting up a Custom Connector from an OpenAPI file and utilizing it in PowerApps and Flow

This is the third and last blog post in a series of three. These blog posts are all dedicated to describing my findings from exploring Canvas Apps. In the first one I summarized what might be good to know if you are totally new to Canvas Apps. In the second I gave an example of creating a Canvas App from scratch including using the camera control. In this third one we will look at setting up a Custom Connector from an OpenAPI file and utilizing it in a Canvas App and in your Microsoft Flows.

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Canvas apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Canvas Apps from scratch and exploring the camera control

I have started to explore Canvas Apps and my findings from it is about to be documented in three different blog posts. In the first one I gave some suggestions on how to get started with Canvas Apps, written from the angle that you come from the model-driven world. In this second blog post we will take a look at some basics when creating a Canvas App from scratch, such as adding the different parts we need and type in some basic formulas. We will also make use of the camera control, how exciting!

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Canvas apps, Dynamics xRM, Power Platform, PowerApps

How to make it from Model-Driven Apps to Canvas Apps

For someone coming from the Dynamics CRM/xRM world, Model-Driven Apps are easy to grasp. It simply contains the same concepts that we are already familiar with, such as Sitemap, Dashboards, Forms, Views, Charts etc. Canvas Apps on the other hand, might be a bit overwhelming at a first glance. I cannot say I am fully there yet, all comfortable drawing canvases and adding formulas, but at least I have started my journey into this new and exciting world. Now that I have learned a bit about it, I thought I could write down some of my findings.

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