XrmToolBox is a huge success in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community.
This is how happened.
Of course, the man behind this success is Tanguy Touzard. Like many really good tools out there, the tools were developed for “personal use”, to assist in the day to day development of customer solutions. And then, the tools were released to the public for The Greater Good of the platform, the community, and of course the customers. In brief, this is the story so far:
- November 2008 – The first tool is released
Searchable Property Attribute Updater
- January 2009 – One of my favorites released
View Layout Replicator
- March 2009 – Third and fourth tool become public
And so it continues… …tool after tool over a few years… …until…
- December 2012 – XrmToolBox is born!
What’s coming next…
Toolbox for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 released!
- January 2013 – The rest of us are invited
Develop your own tools
Tanguy announces close to 60k downloads so far
- February 2013 – First third party tool
XRM Prep by Procentrix
- May 2013 – Considers killing stand-alone tools
Should I shut down individual tools?
And again, evolution has it’s course… …tools are added… …and then, one day…
- January 2014 – Even easier for third parties
Nuget package for plugin development
- September 2014 – Daryl LaBar announces the PluginBase class
How To Make It Easier To Create A Plugin For The XrmToolBox
- November 2014 – More successful third party plugins
FetchXML Builder by Jonas Rapp
Solution History by Raj Y Raman
- February 2015 – GitHub, dedicated domain and third party subdomains
First release on GitHub!
- April 2015 – Alexey Shytikov announces the IMessageBusHost interface
Integration through the MessageBus concept