Deprecated Actions

Phil Cole

As the connector ecosystem matures some actions within connectors and perhaps even whole connectors are being deprecated. To avoid unexpected failures it’s useful to know when a connector or action is deprecated so that one can take action, such as migrating to an updated or alternate connector. This first post in a series of blog posts explains how to detect connectors or actions that have been deprecated using an Azure Durable Function and a Power Automate Custom Connector. We’ll extend this in later blog posts to make it more usable.

When is a string a date?

Phil Cole

Did you know that Dataverse will check if a string field is a date and try to truncate it before it saves it? Neither did I until today.

Windows Workflow Foundation and the Power Platform

Phil Cole

Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) is the long-serving underpinning of multiple solution components within Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. With the announcement of Power Fx, it’s clear that Microsoft will consolidate on a single expression language and eventually remove the dependency on WWF.

Let’s review the solution components that use WWF and consider how to develop complex solutions in anticipation of the impact of Power Fx.

Idempotent Missing Dependencies

Phil Cole

A recent update to the solution engine means we now have fewer merge conflicts due to a change in the critical solution.xml file which makes it easier to implement healthy ALM for Power Platform developments.

Calculated Fields and Managed Solutions

Phil Cole

We are supposed to be able to uninstall a managed solution when no other solutions or unmanaged layers are dependent on components within the solution that’s being uninstalled - but alas this is not true when calculated fields are used.