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Introducing Monitor to debug apps and improve performance

You now have a new tool to better understand, debug, and improve your apps.  Similar to a network trace, Monitor provides a running list of all the activity within your app.   You can examine what data requests are made from your app, how long they took, how much data was returned, and which resulted in an error. 

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Faster data entry with the SetFocus function

Welcome the SetFocus function to Canvas apps!  You’ve got data to enter.  Get it done fast by having the app position the cursor in the input field where we should begin.  And when you go to validate, the app can take you directly to the offending entry, even if it scrolled off screen.

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Simplify formulas with the With function

Welcome the With function to Canvas apps!  You can now simplify large formulas by dividing them into named sub-formulas, eliminate redundant sub-formulas, and easily work with functions that return records.  All while staying declarative and automatically responding to dependency changes.

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Northwind Traders relational data sample

Explore relationships, option sets, and other Common Data Service features with the Northwind Traders sample solution, recreated from the famous Microsoft Access sample. Detailed instructions are included for building the canvas app from scratch, explaining how to easily work with Many-to-one and One-to-many relationships between entities.

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JSON for canvas apps

Introducing the JSON function for generating JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) within a canvas app. Use it to share data with systems and APIs that require JSON. You can also this function to encode and export images in base64 for the first time. And we also added two small features: #rrggbbaa notation and Color.Transparent.

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ConfirmExit for canvas apps

Nobody wants to lose unsaved changed.  And yet there are many ways to exit a canvas app while still in a dirty state, from closing the browser tab to swiping back to the list of apps on the phone. Now there is a way to prevent losing unsaved changes.  The App object has two new … Continue reading “ConfirmExit for canvas apps”

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Time zone independent fields for Canvas apps

Canvas apps now fully support CDS time zone independent fields.  In the CDS preview connector we had blocked them until they were working properly.  All the work required has now been completed and fully deployed. Our mission was simple: Canvas and Model-driven apps should show and edit date/time values in the same manner.  Entering a … Continue reading “Time zone independent fields for Canvas apps”

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Owner, Customer, and Regarding for canvas apps

Common Data Service polymorphic lookups are now available from canvas apps.  You can now: Access, set, and filter on the Owner field of any record. Access and set the Company Name field (a Customer data type) of the Contacts entity. Access and set the Regarding field of activity entities such as Faxes, Phone Calls, Email Messages, … Continue reading “Owner, Customer, and Regarding for canvas apps”

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