Dynamics Dev Helpmate

What is Dynamics Dev Helpmate?



Dynamics Dev Helpmate is a handy tool which can be added to the browser as a bookmark. It helps Microsoft Dynamics 365 developers to minimize their effort and time in accomplishing their tasks related to customizations, navigations and locating fields. It is supported on Microsoft CRM 2013 to 2016 and Microsoft Dynamics 365.


How does it work?


This tool is neither installed nor downloaded, just drag the Dynamics Dev Helpmate button which is placed on the right top of this page onto the Bookmarks bar or favorites bar in your browser. Before dragging it, ensure your Bookmarks or favorites bar is enabled.

For enabling bookmarks or favorites bar in the browsers, follow these steps:

Google Chrome: Settings → Bookmarks → Enable Show bookmarks bar.

Internet Explorer: ALT → View → Toolbars → Favorites Bar.

Mozilla Firefox: Customize → Show/Hide Toolbars → Bookmarks Toolbar

Microsoft Edge: Not Supported


Fetch XML


Checking the results of fetch XML before using it in plugins or custom workflows is difficult. With the help of this feature, we can check the results of fetch at the time of development itself. This reduces the errors after development.


Web Resource Editor


Editing and updating of web resources in Microsoft Dynamics 365 is tedious and it often leads the developers to end up in navigating to different pages . This feature makes your life easier by finding the web resources on the form, edit them and update them without any navigation. The only thing needed to do after the update is refresh the form.


Record Details


Getting GUID and record information like schema name of entity in Microsoft Dynamics 365 is now made simple. Record details feature provides the GUID of record along with the schema name, entity type code, user id, and user roles.


Schema Names


Frequently, Microsoft Dynamics 365 developers are often required to know the schema names of the attributes present on the form to perform the customizations. Schema names in Dev Helpmate provides the list of all schema names along with the display names in the right pane of the display which clears the uncertainty regarding the schema names of attributes.


Option Sets


Often when dealing with the customizations of option sets, it is essential to know the values and text of the options in the option set attribute. Option sets feature gets the list of all the option sets attributes that are present on the form and displays them along with their values and texts.


Plugins


Plugins feature simplifies the process of finding all the plugins registered on an entity. It reduces the effort of finding each plugin step and provides all of its details including the content of un-secured config related to that step.


Open Record By ID


The process of opening a record when only the GUID of record is known is a bit complex. Dynamics Dev Helpmate offers a feature named Open Record by Id using which we can open any record just by entering its GUID.


Find Field


Finding a field on a form which is messed up with too many fields is cumbersome in Microsoft Dynamics 365. This feature helps us to locate the field on the form.


Unlock Fields


Every now and then we get a requirement where we have to update a locked field without making any changes to the field properties. Unlock fields helps in updating a locked field by enabling all the disabled fields on the form in Microsoft Dynamics 365. This feature works only for custom locked fields.


Hidden Fields


Hidden fields on the form are not visible to the end user. Usually, Microsoft Dynamics 365 developers might end up with the necessity to know the properties of the hidden fields like their field names, values etc. This feature highlights the hidden fields on the form of Microsoft Dynamics 365.


Dirty Fields


Microsoft Dynamics 365 developers often face the requirement to identify the fields which are modified before saving the form during the customizations. This feature will reduce the effort of finding the dirty fields, by highlighting them on the form itself.


Related Record Count


In Microsoft Dynamics 365, generally fetch XML is used for finding the number of records that are related to a particular record of an entity. Related Record Count feature brings you the ability to get the count of related records at your fingertips.


Form Type


Knowing the type of the form in Microsoft Dynamics 365 is now made easier with this feature. A single click will give you the type of the form that you are working on.