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Build Different with Power Automate – Episode 4: How not to run Flow with CDS trigger

Common Data Service (CDS) connector in Flow of Power Automate let you connect to the data source using a Service Principal. David Yack posted the instruction here. If you follow all the instructions, you are all good. But, it becomes interesting in Flow if security roles from the application user are removed. The flow editor […]

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Dilemma with Common Data Service connectors in Power Automate

Under the Power Platform name, Power Apps and Power Automate will unite. As a result, flows can now be added as a component into a CDS solution. The new addition saves on deployment time. I have been helping a new to Power Automate flow colleague and we found a few caveats. Who moves my flow? […]

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Build Different with Power Automate – Episode 3: Caveats with Parallelism

Variables We love using variables in programming languages. They make your program readable (if used properly) and help with the debugging process. There are a few gotchas with variables in Flow. Declare outside of the loop Programming languages support declaring local variables almost everywhere, including within the loop. The same approach can’t be applied in […]

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Build Different with Power Automate – Episode 2: Insignificance of pre-filtering

I have compared the performance of Flow in Power Automate between non-current Flow and parallel Flow in Apply to each action in Episode 1. We know turning Parallelism significantly improves the performance. However, the fundamental problem with the loop is that it is going through all 150 items. What if we can deduce the number […]

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Build Different with Power Automate – Episode 1: Mystery of Apply to each

In recent times, there has been a lot of discussions and arguments about pro developers versus citizen developers. With Power Automate (Microsoft Flow), even kids can start playing around and build something substantial. Power Automate is that good! Like every other tool, we need to use it properly and not abuse it. Without proper guidance […]

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Making a better User Experience with Power Apps component framework from sketch – Part 4 – The Final Showdown

You can read previous post Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Seeing is believing It took me 2.5 days to learn and figure out the design and new technologies I need to build the component. Less than half a day, the mock version of the component was completed. The component was loaded on the […]

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Making a better User Experience with Power Apps component framework from sketch – Part 3 – The Slow Start

You can read previous episode Part 1 – The Problem and Part 2 – The Sketch. The Slow Start I always take time to figure out the suitable frameworks and libraries, try them out and learn them, as the first stage, before building. That makes me a slow start. Sometimes, notoriously slow. It is, to […]

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Making a better User Experience with Power Apps component framework from sketch – Part 2 – The Sketch

Part 1 – The Problem can be found here. Time for Proof of Concept (PoC) I like building canvas app, for Proof of Concept (PoC) purpose. It is so easy. Drag and drop, a few clicks and formula, and then you can see the result. I thought of building a canvas app in the first […]

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Making a better User Experience with Power Apps component framework from sketch – Part 1 – The Problem

Since the public preview of Power Apps component framework (PCF), I always want to build a component that enhances the user experience (UX) in model-driven apps in Common Data Service (CDS) or Dynamics 365. Recently, I had an opportunity to build a component with Power Apps component framework (PCF) that will save several mouse clicks […]

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React – Extended boundary of Power Apps component framework

In previous post I demonstrated about how to use React with the former version of Power Apps component framework (PCF) by modifying PCF packages, which is unsupported. I am a strong believer that plain old JavaScript is a not a good choice when it comes to building moderately complex component that use DataSets, and as […]

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