Get started with the SDK for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Applies to Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps version 9.x
The Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Web Services provide many options to achieve the results you need. But how can you jump in and get started? This topic contains information about some specific key tasks and how you can accomplish them. You’ll get guidance at a high level with directions to where you can find the details you need.
Try out an environment
If you just want to get an environment to start learning with, the easiest approach is to sign up for a 30-day free trial on Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps.
If you’re looking for something more long term, or you specifically want to use the on-premises version, you can download the on-premises Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2016. During Setup, you have the option to supply a commercial key, or you can use one of the product keys listed on the download page for a 90 day free trial.
If you have an MSDN subscription, you can download Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement (on-premises) server software and access static activation keys that can be used for any number of installations.
In the Tutorials and resources for learning about development for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps topic you can find information about several “quick start” samples included in the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Web Services as well as links to other resources to help you learn to program with Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps.
Create custom tables and fields
In Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps, you create entities that include the database tables. You create attributes in those entities that correspond to fields in the application. These entities and attributes are core parts of the platform metadata. You don’t need to write code to do this. You can find instructions about how to create entities and attributes at Create and edit metadata. If you need to create entities and attributes programmatically, you can find information in The Metadata and Data Models in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps apps. Another place to look is Introduction to Entities in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement.
Automate business processes
Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement applications are all about improving efficiency by automating business processes. Understanding the different ways to do this can help you choose the right option for your requirement. The following are options available to you:
There are several different types of processes that you can configure in the application without writing code. More information: Guide staff through common tasks with processes
If you find that you need to create processes programmatically or want to extend what processes can do, be aware that developers refer to processes as workflows because the entity that they use is the Workflow entity and the workflows are based on the Windows Workflow Foundation programming model. Learn more about what you can do with workflows at Write Workflows to Automate Business Processes.
If you’re looking for an easy declarative way to consistently evaluate the business logic on both client and server, without the need to write code, you’ll want to explore business rules. The client-side logic evaluation is more immediate because it’is performed when you open and update the record form, while the server-side provides consistent logic evaluation on the server. More information: Create business rules and recommendations to apply logic in a form
A plug-in is custom business logic that you can integrate with Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps to modify or augment the standard behavior of the platform. Plug-ins are event handlers since they are registered to execute in response to a particular event being fired by the platform. They provide a way to examine and transform the data passed through the platform operations and initiate additional operations. Plug-ins operate at the deepest level and provide the most robust way to automate business processes regardless of whether they originate from one of the Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement applications, a custom client, data migration, or integration with another system. More information: Write Plug-Ins to Extend Business Processes
Write scripts for forms
Create a mobile application that uses data in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement Customer Engagement apps
Create a Windows client application that uses data in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement Customer Engagement apps
XRM tooling is a set of APIs built on top of the .Net assembly APIs (Organization service and Discovery Service) that provide support for building Windows client applications for Customer Engagement. More information: Build Windows client applications using the XRM tools
Build call center applications
Unified Service Desk for Dynamics 365 provides a configurable framework for quickly building applications for call centers so that customer service representatives can get a unified view of the customer data stored in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps. You can aggregate customer information from different areas in Customer Engagement apps into an integrated desktop that provides a 360° view of the customer interactions. This gives your customer service reps immediate access to business critical information so they can quickly engage with customers and address queries and issues. More information: Unified Service Desk
Developer Guide for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Choose your development style for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Connect to Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Security model of Customer Engagement apps
Extend Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Model your business data in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Manage your data in Customer Engagement apps
Manage your deployment of Customer Engagement apps
Sample code directory for the Customer Engagement apps SDK
Programming reference for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps
Connected Field Service Developer Guide