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PCF Controls

Just a repo of controls that might be useful to the community. I'm building out a catalogue of these as I try to get a handle on what the best practices are for building out controls.

Catalogue so far includes:

  • Swipe (Swipe detectin on Canvas App)
  • Icon Builder (uses Font Awesome Version 4 - supports notification bubbles also)
  • Number Button Selector (a simple incrementor that has plus/minus buttons)
  • Countdown Timer (a simple countdown timer showing days/hours/minutes/seconds until date)
  • Keybinding Example (allows you to create a keyboard shortcut, and assign an action to it)
  • Progress Bar (takes a percentage value and represents this as a progress bar)
  • Notification - Pulsing (this takes a string, and then pulses the message against a blue background)
  • Button Icon Example (an example of how to use an icon within a button using font-awesome and importing external resources)
  • Youtube Player (as it says)
  • Main Form Dialog Example (opens an account form without losing context of previously opened record)

To Build

Set up your environment as per the following DOCS article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/component-framework/create-custom-controls-using-pcf

Download the files contained within the control.. e.g. NumberButtonSelector/ControlManifest.Input.xml, NumberButtonSelector/index.ts, NumberButtonSelector/css/NumberButtonSelector.css

Then open that directory, and execute "npm run build". This transcompilates the TS to normal JS.

Then execute "npm start". This attacheds to the control to a test harness, so you can test the control works.

To Publish

Set up your publisher information: "pac solution init --publisherName --customizationPrefix "

Reference your solution. "pac solution add-reference --path "

Run the following. "msbuild /t:restore" followed by then "msbuild" (this step needs to be done within Developer Command Prompt for VS) Note: for further information on what this command actually does: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/nuget/reference/msbuild-targets#restore-target

It will output a solution file to your publishing directory/out/debug folder

Upload to D365

Upload, and use as you would any other control. i.e. goto a form, add an element, click on properties, then control, then add custom control.

Tips for New Players

  • After deployment, ensure you increment the version number of the solution otherwise the changes won't be reflected within Dynamics. e.g. version="0.0.1" becomes version="0.0.2" in your manifest file.

  • Do not include an img/preview.png at this stage, it will fail deployment. Bug noted.

  • To get the enable/disabled status of a control, this information is available from context.Mode.isControlDisabled.

  • React components aren't supported for framework components yet. This is due to the way React components would get added to the host React app, basically as a disconnected DOM tree which could lead to a lot of unforseen issues. We are actively working on a good solution for React support, and hope to have good news in this area soon. (Greg Hurlman)

  • In the Keybinding example, it will show a js error message "Refused to get Unsafe Headers". This is a known bug with the D365 platform, and being tracked currently (Internal Bug ID: 1339680).

  • Do not build controls that access XRM API (e.g. Xrm.Page.getAttribute("name")), keep the control generic by creating an input variable and passing the value in.

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