Rotating text in SQL Server Reporting Services

Whilst finishing off a report for a client i wondered whether it was possible to rotate the text within a text box. I asked around and found out that changing the Writing Mode to “tb-rl” on the textbox properties displayed the value vertically. Even though the function is documented, its not a well known function! I […]


Quick Search Hangs MSCRM – SQL Timeout Fun!

Been dealing with a problem with a system hang when searching via the quicksearch. The error logs not very helpful, however the crm trace was. It suggested that the query was resulting in a SQL Timeout occuring. Few things to do when you get SQL Timeouts are to: Add a Oledbtimeout setting in the registry in the MSCRM […]


Passing extra parameters to standard CRM forms

Recently i have needed to pass extra parameters between the standard CRM forms (Accounts,Contacts,Activities etc), however there is a filter that is run when the forms are requested to disallow any illegal parameters being passed to them. Thankfully there is a nice little registry fix to disable this. Add a new DisableParameterFilter key to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMSCRM” and […]

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The user authentication passed to the platform is not valid error when using plugins

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Extract the first alpha values of a string

This was a requirement of a client of ours, they wanted the first alpha characters of the account postcode to be attached to another field.  However for some reason the IsNaN() & parseInt() methods didnt seem to be working correctly on the form. I thought id share the function i used as a replacement. function […]


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OnClick Event For Bit field on a CRM Form

The onChange() event is great, however not great when you are using bit/tickbox type fields. The onChange only fires when you have tabbed away from the field – this is not correct for a bit field. The code behind it should be triggered directly after the click from the mouse. Heres how you create the […]

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