Apply business logic using code

Note

Effective November 2020:

  • Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse. Learn more
  • Some terminology in Microsoft Dataverse has been updated. For example, entity is now table and field is now column. Learn more

This article will be updated soon to reflect the latest terminology.

Whenever possible, you should first consider applying one of the several declarative process options to define or apply business logic. More information: Apply business logic in Microsoft Dataverse

When a declarative process doesn’t meet a requirement, as a developer you have several options. This topic will introduce common options to write code.

Create a plug-in

You can write a .NET assembly to plug-in to the data transaction to apply business logic on the server. With Dataverse there is a framework you use to register specific events to execute code defined within a class in an assembly.

More information: Write plug-ins to extend business processes

Create a workflow extension

You can write a .NET assembly to provide new options within the process designer. This method provides a new option for people using the workflow designer to apply a condition or perform a new action. A workflow extension can then be re-used by people who are not developers to apply the logic in your code.

More information: Workflow extensions

See also

Dataverse Developer Overview