Can anyone please explain how SDK helps? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I'm working on customising CRM 2011 online. While I was browsing sites on customisation, many sites mentioned about SDK for customisation. I downloaded 75 MB SDK file from CRM website. I  don't know what I can do with that downloaded SDK. I could only see xml files and some applications. I installed those applications but it turn up nothing on computer. Is it possible for anyone to tell me more about SDK and how I can use it for customisation.

    I haven't programmed much before. But, I believe I can get the codings on internet if i need any.(Please correct me if I'm wrong). If SDK involves lots of programming please mention that too.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.



    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 2:41 AM


  • Essentially the SDK is a set of documentation and examples of how to code against Microsoft Dynamics CRM. It is not an IDE or a program in which you can create customizations. Probably the most important item in the SDK (in my opinion) is the .CHM help file. It contains the bulk of the documentation and code code samples for interacting with CRM. Besides the documentation, as you noticed there are fully functional applications that use the sample code referenced as well as some utilities. 

    Sure you could go out an Google for code snippets to get something done but those don't always provide the full picture. Starting out with the SDK documentation as a reference also ensures you will be doing something in a "supported by Microsoft" fashion (the correct way) to prevent unknown side effects. 

    Jason Lattimer

    • Proposed as answer by nrodri Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:45 PM
    • Marked as answer by Venkat1986 Wednesday, August 8, 2012 11:25 PM
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 3:28 AM