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Delegation enhancements for lookups, Today/Now, and AddColumns

I’m happy to announce we’ve made another batch of delegation enhancements for Canvas apps. Delegation refers to an app’s ability to “delegate” work to the data source instead of doing it locally, resulting in more scalable and higher performance apps.  In short, Delegation = Good.  For more details see Understand delegation in a canvas app. We … Continue reading “Delegation enhancements for lookups, Today/Now, and AddColumns”

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Display names and GUIDs for Canvas apps graduate

Last fall we introduced display names and GUIDs for Canvas apps as Preview features.  Both have been well received with very few issues and very few authors turning these features off.  With our latest release (3.19032) these features are now permanent. To refresh your memory, display names allow the use of friendly names such as … Continue reading “Display names and GUIDs for Canvas apps graduate”

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Remember to upgrade your previous version CDS database to preserve Flow Approvals history or entity data

In January this year, Jim Daly provided a detailed announcement on the previous version CDS to the CDS for Apps migration experience that is available for self service. As the deadline to initiate the database migration is coming up, we want to help ensure everyone has considered if a CDS migration is required for their … Continue reading “Remember to upgrade your previous version CDS database to preserve Flow Approvals history or entity data”

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Quickly edit the filters for views

Makers can now quickly and easily edit the filters for their model-driven views. The view designer displays filters in the Filter by … section in the property pane. Clicking on the individual filters in the property pane shows a dialog that allows makers to quickly update the operator and the value.

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Relate records in Many-to-Many relationships

Canvas app authors have new tools for working with Common Data Service for Apps relationships: Relate and Unrelate functions. Many-to-Many relationships Since December, you have been able to read Many-to-Many relationships using the experimental and then preview CDS connector.  But it has been impossible to relate or unrelate two records and the join table is … Continue reading “Relate records in Many-to-Many relationships”

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New CDS capabilities for Canvas apps enter Preview

For the last few months we have been rolling out new features for Canvas apps when connected to the Common Data Service for Apps: One-to-Many relationships Option sets Many-to-Many relationships Aggregate delegation We have been doing this work under an Experimental switch, off by default for all apps: Thank you for playing with these features and … Continue reading “New CDS capabilities for Canvas apps enter Preview”

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Delegation of Aggregate functions for CDS

Sum, Min, Max, and Average functions in Canvas apps are aggregate functions that can reduce a large amount of data down to a single value.   For example, Average could be used to find the average age of a class of students using Average( Students, Age ). These functions can also be used with the Filter function … Continue reading “Delegation of Aggregate functions for CDS”

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Improved datasource and field selection in canvas apps

PowerApps authoring using data is getting easier with improved creation and selection of datasources, fields, and connections. The experience has been updated and search was added to help quickly find the right item.  Also more of the data controls can be configured directly in the property pane. This experience is rolling out throughout this week. … Continue reading “Improved datasource and field selection in canvas apps”

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