Nitin Dhawan CRM Discussion


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 built on .NET 4.0

Posted by Nitin Dhawan on June 23, 2009

Microsoft Corp. is enhancing Windows Server including key components in the .NET Framework 4.0 release by adding significant functionality to the next version of WCF and WWF. The company is also introducing a set of enhanced Windows Server application server capabilities code-named “Dublin,” which offer greater scalability and easier manageability, and will extend Internet Information Services (IIS) to provide a standard host for applications that use workflow or communications.Taken together, these enhancements to the Windows Server application server will simplify the deployment, configuration, management and scalability of composite applications, while allowing developers to use their existing skills with Visual Studio, the .NET Framework and IIS. This new application server capability will be delivered as a separate release of technologies that can be downloaded and used by Windows Server customers. The first preview is available at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, Oct. 27–30, 2008, and the exact timing of beta and release-to-market will be based on customer and partner feedback from this community technology preview (CTP).
Windows Communication Foundation 4.0 Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Windows Server “Dublin” technologies
Representational state transfer (REST) enhancements
• Simplified building of RESTful services
• Templates to accelerate building Singleton & Collection Services, Atom Feed and Publishing Protocol Services, and HTTP Plain XML Services
Messaging enhancements
• Protocols: WS-Discovery, WS-I BP 1.2
• Duplex durable messaging Correlation enhancements
• Content- and context-driven, one-way support
Declarative workflow services
• Seamless integration between WWF and WCF and unified Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) model
• Ability to build an entire application in XAML, from presentation to data to services to workflow
Significant improvements in performance and scalability
• Performance gains in all aspects of WWF at design time and runtime
• At least a tenfold improvement in performance
• Improvements in serialization performance and size needs
New workflow flow-control models and prebuilt activities
• New flowchart control model
• Expanded built-in activities: Windows PowerShell, database, messaging, etc.
Enhancements in workflow modeling
• Persistence control, transaction flow, compensation support, data binding and variable/argument scoping
Updated visual designer
• Easier to use by end users
• Easier to rehost by ISVs
• Ability to debug XAML
Provides standard host for WWF and WCF applications
Prebuilt developer services
• Message-based correlation
• Content-based message forwarding service
• Visual Studio templates
Greater scalability and easier manageability
• Enables scale-out of stateful workflow applications
• Enhanced management and monitoring functions
• Tracking store for workflow events
Supports a set of Microsoft’s forthcoming modeling technologies currently code-named “Oslo”
What plans does Microsoft or third-party ISVs have for offering products that support the .NET Framework 4.0 and “Dublin” technologies?
Among the first product groups to announce plans to support “Dublin” is Microsoft Dynamics, with future versions of both the Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM applications leveraging the .NET Framework 4.0 and “Dublin.” In particular, the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX is being specifically designed to take full advantage of the enhanced capability and scale delivered in Windows Server by the enhanced “Dublin” application server technologies. Among third-party ISVs, line of business applications producers, including Dataract Pty. Ltd., Eclipsys Corp., Epicor Software Corp., RedPrairie Corp. and Telerik Inc., and software infrastructure providers, including AmberPoint SOA Management, SOA Software Inc., Frends Technology and Global360 Inc., are some of the first to already announce plans to leverage the .NET Framework 4.0 and “Dublin” technologies.

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