Work Notes #

This section of the site is for quick notes, usually to quickly capture the details of something I have found useful at work.

The original motivation was to experiment with what the Government Digital Service call Make things Open: it makes things better.

The main benefit to me of splitting this from the main blog area is that it helps kill writer's block :-)

Migrating a Dynamics365 solution

A bit out of order1 but capturing this week's work to migrate one of our legacy Dynamics solutions into our new architecture. The solution in question contained only business logic - about half a dozen plugins, and similar numbers of workflow steps and a similar number of workflows (including custom actions), Removing ILMerge Having already moved a few plugins I knew there were some challenges in getting away from the use of ILMerge (one of our goals).

Serve Json on Azure App Service

How to solve broken local search when serving a Hugo site from Azure App Service

Steve Wheeler

Added Steve Wheeler to my feed sources

Roundup of links for Microsoft Power Platform Changes

Microsoft are introducing significant commercial and technical changes to Power Platform. This note summarises some relevant links

Notes on CRM Audio 97 - Microsoft Flow with Merwan Hade from Microsoft

Quick notes jotted down while listening to this podcast originally published 26/09/2018. Podcast guest Merwan Hade, at that time Senior Program Manager for MS Flow (now Director of Product Management at Salesforce). Q: Flows inside Dynamics 365 solutions - why? Solution as a way of packaging dependencies and moving between environments. Parameterised solutions - e.g. have a generic flow that can be parameterised in different environments Q: How will connectors be handled when deploying solutions across environments?

Fixing Data With Flow

If you work in any way with systems or data, you will know the situation, where some records have ended up with missing or wrong values. This is particularly irritating when to fix the problem means pulling data from more than one place in order to set things right. As we have fully adopted Office 365 at work, Microsoft Flow is rapidly becoming my favourite tool for basic low-volume data manipulation.

Running Federated Wiki locally as Windows Service

Smallest Federated Wiki is the brainchild of Ward Cunningham - the “Father of Wiki” Although the main feature is the ability to fork content from other wikis, and to allow other wiki users to fork your content, many people also want to run a local copy as a private notebook or commonplace book. The most stable distribution of wiki is written in node, so will run anywhere that node will. It's really useful to have wiki run continuously, so in this approach we use node-windows to install wiki as a windows service.

Posting to Hugo from Drafts

Drafts is a genuinely useful text creation tool for iOS devices. With the Pro version you can extend the tool with custom actions, either from the community, or written yourself (Javascript). Collecting / writing / adapting useful scripts for working with this blog from my phone here. To complete the setup, I recommend the Working Copy git client.

Interesting combination of Flow and cognitive services

Using Flow to process emails is fairly standard stuff - this example extends the idea by using LUIS to parse content and select emails for processing.

Cognitive benefit of hand-written notes

Across three experiments, Mueller and Oppenheimer had students take notes in a classroom setting and then tested students on their memory for factual detail, their conceptual understanding of the material, and their ability to synthesize and generalize the information. Half of the students were instructed to take notes with a laptop, and the other half were instructed to write the notes out by hand. As in other studies, students who used laptops took more notes.