How does a .net developer start developing on Dynamics CRM

Recently someone reached out to me on social media with the following request:

“I am looking to cross skill and eventually certify into Dynamics CRM 2013 having extensive experience in .Net consulting & development, Biztalk etc and would appreciate any advice you might have. For example training courses (online) and resources etc.

Thanks in advance”

Requests like this excite me for a few reasons:

  • Someone else has decided to make Dynamics CRM part of their career
  • It gives an opportunity to share what I have learned over the last 15+ years in this line of work
  • It forces me to write another blog post 🙂

I have been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for quite a few years and having helped launch many people into their Dynamics CRM careers I have found that it is not a one size fits all process.

Note: I am not a .net developer

Before I list my recommended training material let me be clear on one thing. Just because Dynamics CRM is built on the .net platform, it does not mean any old .net developer can start building outstanding solutions on it. I have seen many projects where .net teams have taken Dynamics CRM without understanding the application Architecture and just started developing functionality. Often that functionality was already available Out-of-the-box (OOTB) or they built solutions that had been written in such a way that it conflicted with the Architecture of Dynamics CRM.

So if you plan to take your .net skills and build applications, solution and plugins on Dynamics CRM, please consider the following resources, if you know of others that are missing please add a comment below and I will update this list.

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As I think of more content to add I will update this post. Also if you feel that I have missed something please give me feedback below.


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