The Benefits of Open Source Projects in the World of Microsoft Dynamics CRM

In recent years I have become involved with the world of open source projects in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community. I have searched, found, followed, discussed, improved, and developed tools for CRM. I see many benefits and possibilities, as well as a few risks with open source initiatives for Dynamics CRM.

In this article I will explore some of the pros and cons around living in the world of branches, commits, releases, pull requests, forks, builds, contributors, issues and wikis.


I guess we have all at one point or another found ourselves looking for some third party download on CodePlex, GitHub, SourceForge and similar sites. But probably most of you have stayed far away from those "Source Code" buttons on these web pages, just like I did for so long.


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About Jonas Rapp
Jonas Rapp is the head of development for Microsoft Dynamics CRM at Cinteros AB in Sweden. He is author of FetchXML Builder and a blogger.

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Some more tools

Not an exhaustive list. But these are some of the projects, I have benefited from in the past 6-8 months.

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Polymorphic Workflow Activity Input Arguments ->

PFE Core Library ->

xRM Test Framework ->

Sdk.Soap.js ->

Exception Logging ->

CRM Developer Extensions

Jason Lattimer at PowerObjects has released an ambitious project in the void of DevToolkit being discontinued by Microsoft.

So the Open Source community steps in once again where needed!
And as mentioned above, it is in the developer tooling we find our common ground.