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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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International region updates for Canvas apps

If you live in Mexico or the United Kingdom you may have noticed that Canvas apps don’t quite get the international settings right.   We have lacked a consistent map of languages and regions across the Studio, the web player, and the mobile players. With the release coming next week (v3.19032) we have fixed this.  As … Continue reading “International region updates for Canvas apps”

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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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SaveData and LoadData Unleashed

Some big news!   Or at least much bigger news. Canvas app SaveData and LoadData functions are now only limited by the amount of available app memory and local storage on a device.  The previous limit of a few megabytes no longer applies.   This is a huge improvement that will increase the stability of any app that … Continue reading “SaveData and LoadData Unleashed”

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More Regular Expressions for Canvas apps

For regular readers of this blog, you may recall a blog post by Carlos Figueira on working with SQL server time values.  In it, Carlos used the Mid, Find, Substitute, and other functions to parse an ISO 8601 duration string such as “PT2H1M39S” which represents 2 hours, 1 minute, and 39 seconds. Carlos’ solution works great … Continue reading “More Regular Expressions for Canvas apps”

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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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Option Sets and Many-to-Many Relationships for Canvas apps

We continue to expand our Canvas support for the Common Data Service for Apps, on the road to CDS + Canvas = Awesome. With this installment we have refined how Option Sets and Two Option data types work and have added support for Many-to-Many relationships. These features are available now with the CDS Experimental Connector. …

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Fun with GUIDs!

For those who work with primary and foreign keys on CDS and SQL Server, we have added GUID as a first class data type. Although not common, you may want to beat the rush and start updating any formulas that use literal GUID strings.

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