Tag Archives: PowerApps

The challenges of using external data in the model-driven applications

Integrating external data with model-driven applications in the Microsoft Dataverse can be a challenging task for a number of reasons: Data volumes Storage costs API throttling and entitlement limits Technology limitations Lack of experience with the tools/technologies Vague requirements where a little change can affect the whole approach to the integration   In this post,… Read More »

Shared variables in Dataverse plugins. Surprise, surprise…

It’s a rare situation when 3 different Dataverse developers, all having quite a bit of experience with plugins, start talking about plugins functionality and can’t agree on how it actually works Yet, this is exactly what happened when Daryl LaBar suggested that I should be using shared variables to handle the problem described in the… Read More »

Power Platform Elephants

A few things happened recently which got me thinking about things we usually don’t talk about in the Power Platform world: Steve Mordue mentioned Dunning-Kruger Effect in his recent podcast/blog post:  https://stevemordue.com/microsoft-marching-masses-to-peak-of-mt-stupid/ Another fellow MVP, Olena Grischenko,  posted this interesting comment on Linkedin: “Doing lots of error handing in Power Automate recently Feels more and… Read More »

How to: re-use historical user input/selections to populate form controls

What if you wanted to populate model-driven app form controls based on the previous selections made by the same user? To give you a specific example: let’s say there is a location field on the form, and let’s say our user can travel between multiple locations. In both locations, this user is going to work… Read More »

Power Automate word templates in Model-Driven apps – forms integration

Now that we went through the process of creating a Power Automate flow that’s using Word Template action, why don’t we get this integrated into a model-driven application?   Let’s first create a very simple invoice form. You should be able to do it easily (or you could use any other entity – I’m just… Read More »

Entities are Tables now, so what?

You have probably heard that Entities are Tables now? If not, have a look here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-ca/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/data-platform-intro#terminology-updates Well, am I thrilled about it? Am I concerned about it? Quite frankly, we should all get used, by now, to all those changes in the product names and/or in the terminology around Microsoft products. Sometimes, those changes are… Read More »