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Presentation Materials Now Available for 2016 Developers Conference

By: John Lyons

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Presentation slides, examples, and code samples from the 2016 Blackbaud CRM Developers Conference are now available in the Blackbaud-CRM-Conferences repo. This repo provides access to presentation materials from Blackbaud CRM developers conferences. The developers conferences bring together SDK users to share best practices, exchange ideas, build relationships, and learn from the experts at Blackbaud. This year's conference covered a wide variety of subjects, including: SQL optimization essentials for writing queries for SQL Server. How to automate user acceptance testing with the UAT Kit. The... Read More

Database Changes for Blackbaud CRM 4.0 Service Pack 9

By: John Lyons

Posted on: August 4, 2016

The Blackbaud Infinity Technical Reference now reflects database changes made for Blackbaud CRM 4.0 Service Pack 9. The updated schema documentation provides a comprehensive list of changes between Blackbaud CRM 4.0 and Service Pack 9 for both the transactional database and the Blackbaud Data Warehouse database.... Read More

Database Changes for Blackbaud CRM 4.0 Service Pack 8

By: John Lyons

Posted on: May 18, 2016

The Blackbaud Infinity Technical Reference now reflects database changes made for Blackbaud CRM 4.0 Service Pack 8. The updated schema documentation provides a comprehensive list of changes between Blackbaud CRM 4.0 and Service Pack 8 for both the transactional database and the Blackbaud Data Warehouse database.... Read More

Database Changes for Blackbaud CRM 4.0 Service Pack 7

By: John Lyons

Posted on: April 13, 2016

The Blackbaud Infinity Technical Reference now reflects database changes made for Blackbaud CRM 4.0 Service Pack 7. The updated schema documentation provides a comprehensive list of changes between Blackbaud CRM 4.0 and Service Pack 7 for both the transactional database and the Blackbaud Data Warehouse database.... Read More
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Blackbaud CRM Developers Conference

By: John Lyons

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Join us in Charleston from June 29–30 for the fourth annual Blackbaud CRM Developers Conference. The conference brings together software development kit (SDK) users to share best practices, exchange ideas, build relationships with peers, and learn from Blackbaud's SDK experts. We’ll cover topics such as configuration, customizations, SDK, coding, and testing. Event Details Blackbaud CRM Developers Conference June 29–30, 2016 Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC Registration fee: $289. Register now Event Schedule Wednesday, June 29 8 a.m.–5 p.m.: Breakfast, morning sessions, lunch, and aftern... Read More

New How-to Videos for Custom Data Forms

By: John Lyons

Posted on: October 26, 2015

The data form videos series in the SDK developer guides is updated to include several new videos. This video series explains how to define data forms with the Blackbaud CRM SDK, and you can access the videos from the video page in the Data Forms guide or the data forms page in the Videos guide. The new videos describe how to add specific types of fields to the custom data forms that you create with the SDK. They describe how to create code table fields, collection fields, search list fields, simple data list fields, and value list fields to help end users select data to add or edit in the Blac... Read More

What’s New for Blackbaud CRM SDK 4.0 in Service Pack 5

By: John Lyons

Posted on: October 19, 2015

The What's New section of the SDK developer guides is updated for Service Pack 5 of Blackbaud CRM 4.0. Starting with this service pack, the Refresh UI Model utility now allows users to update the partial classes of UI Models created with C#. In addition, Blackbaud CRM now requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2, and the SDK guides include information about what this change means for third-party developers. For more information, see the What’s New for SDK 4.0SP5 section of the developer guides. In addition, the Blackbaud Infinity Technical Reference was also updated to reflect database changes... Read More

What’s New for Blackbaud CRM SDK 4.0 in Service Pack 4

By: John Lyons

Posted on: September 2, 2015

The What's New section of the SDK developer guides is updated for Service Pack 4 of Blackbaud CRM 4.0. Starting with this service pack, the process to create custom tiles for the Constituent page is now updated to improve the developer experience and remove the need to manually update the database to designate view data forms as tiles. Instead, third-party developers can now designate view data forms as tiles directly on view data form specs with the new SummaryTile element and its child elements. For information about tile enhancements and about how to upgrade your local SDK install, see the... Read More

What’s New for Blackbaud CRM SDK 4.0 in Service Pack 3

By: John Lyons

Posted on: July 7, 2015

The What's New section of the SDK developer guides has been updated for service pack 3 of Blackbaud CRM 4.0. Starting with this service pack, third-party developers can now manage the child tabs on existing tabs when they modify pages with the AlterExistingPages element, and they can also now allow end users to enter conditional comments in HTML form fields to specify different content for different versions of Internet Explorer. For information about these enhancements and about how to upgrade your local SDK install, see the What's New for SDK 4.0SP3 section of the developer guides. In additi... Read More

Create Custom Tiles

By: John Lyons

Posted on: May 28, 2015

At the 2015 Blackbaud CRM Developers Conference, the presentation on Creating a Blackbaud CRM Interactive Summary Tile demonstrated the basics of how to build custom tiles for the summary section of the Constituent page.   Starting with Blackbaud CRM 4.0, the Constituent page’s summary displays a series of interactive tiles. The summary section automatically displays several out-of-the-box tiles, and third-party developers can supplement them with custom tiles of their own. The Developers Conference session demonstrated how to build a custom tile that displays demographics information for... Read More
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