Posts with tag: javascript

This is a function I find myself writing quite often, so I thought I would just post it here for future reference. It's purpose is simple, check if an array contains an element with a given key and value, if it does, return it other wise return a null value.

function FindObjectByKeyInArray(array, key, value){
   for(var i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
      if (array[i][key] == value) {
         return array[i];
   return null;


Formatting numbers in general is something I disslike and if I have to do it I only want to do it once. So here is a small javascript function I wrote to format currencies with configurable thousand separator as well as number of decimals and what separator for decimals. It also lets you append a string to the end such as "SEK" if you wish to add some form of currency or symbol.

Here is an example of different outputs.

formatMoney('0', 2, '.', ' ', ' SEK')  > 0.00 SEK
formatMoney('', 2, '.', ' ', ' SEK')  > 0.00 SEK
formatMoney('1.23', 2, '.', ' ', ' SEK')  > 1.23 SEK
formatMoney('12345.009', 2, '.', ' ', ' SEK')  > 12 345.01 SEK
formatMoney('5234231.9', 2, '.', ',', ' USD')  > 5,234,231.90 USD

And the code itself.

var formatMoney = function(value, decimals, decimalSeparator, thousandSeparator, currencyString) {
   if (value == null || isNaN(value))
      return "";

   var decimals = isNaN(c = Math.abs(decimals)) ? 2 : decimals;
   var decimalSeparator = decimalSeparator == undefined ? "." : decimalSeparator;
   var thousandSeparator = thousandSeparator == undefined ? " " : thousandSeparator;

   var negativeSign = value < 0 ? "-" : "";

   var valueNoDecimals = String(parseInt(value = Math.abs(Number(value) || 0).toFixed(decimals)));

   var spacingStart = 0;
   if ((valueNoDecimals.length) > 3)
      spacingStart = valueNoDecimals.length % 3;

   var leadingNumber = (spacingStart ? valueNoDecimals.substr(0, spacingStart) + thousandSeparator : "");
   var separatedMiddle = valueNoDecimals.substr(spacingStart).replace(/(\d{3})(?=\d)/g, "$1" + thousandSeparator);
   var decimals = (decimals ? decimalSeparator + Math.abs(value - valueNoDecimals).toFixed(decimals).slice(2) : "");

   var result = negativeSign + leadingNumber + separatedMiddle + decimals + currencyString;
   return result.trim();

Here is also a fiddle with the examples above:

If you're curious as to whom uses what decimal separator there is a nice chart here explaining how everyone except the EU is wrong:

I have an Angular project in which I need to interact with a CRM 2016 instance, that is, I need to create a record and open/navigate to it from within Angular.

I dont want to use the javascript SDK files because well they just seem klunky and non angular -ish.. So instead I wanted to do it with just a regular service.. Turns out it was quite easy. The hardest part was figuring out where Microsoft stored the GUID of the created record (spoiler: they stuck it in the header, more details on that here).

First off you need to add a service (or copy paste the CreateRecord method from this service to your own).

myApp.service('dataService', function ($http, $rootScope, $timeout, $q) {
    var pub = {};

    var crmAPIURL = Xrm.Page.context.getClientUrl() + "/api/data/v8.1/";

    pub.CreateRecord = function (entityName, record) {
        var url = crmAPIURL + entityName;
        return $http
                method: "POST",
                url: url,
                data: record,
                dataType: 'json',
                timeout: 15000
        }).then(function (data) { return data; });

    return pub;

Now with that service method defined we can call it like this from one of our controllers:

$scope.CreateCompany = function ()
    // define the entity record with all the fields you want to set.
    var account = {
        name: "My Test Company",
        address1_line1: "SyntaxWarriors road 1337"

    // call the service defined previously with the data and the name of the entity according to the web api
    // the entity names are listed here:
    // in my case I wanted to create an account record which is called "accounts" (yes, the service tries to pluralize all things).
    $dataService.CreateRecord("accounts", account).then(function (data)
        // this will return something like: ""
        // the service returns the GUID of the created record in the header.. for some unexplained annoying reason I dont know. 
        var entityUrl = data.headers("OData-EntityId");

        // do some regex to get the data in between parentheses.
        var getDataBetweenParenthesesRegex = /\(([^)]+)\)/;
        var matches = getDataBetweenParenthesesRegex.exec(entityUrl);

        // uncomment these if you want to see what you're actually getting back.
        // console.log(data)
        // console.log(matches); the guid matches

        // the second match (1) is the guid without the (). Lets open a new window to that.
        if (matches.length >= 1) {
            Xrm.Utility.openEntityForm("account", matches[1]);

Many times when you are working with CRM it is usefull to be able to get the GUID of a record. It certainly makes my life alot easier when I can tell a coworker exactly which record I'm talking about, or when someone is testing they can give me the guid of the record that does not work.

There is a really simple way of getting the guid using a bookmark in your browser. Heres how to do it:

  1. Create a bookmark in your favorite browser.
  2. Name it "Show CRM GUID"
  3. Edit the properties, and paste the below javascript into the URL field.
javascript:!function(){var a=/id=([^&]+)/.exec(document.URL)[1],b=a?decodeURIComponent(a):"Could not find guid";window.prompt("Record ID:",b)}();

Now when you want the GUID of a crm record do this:

  1. Navigate to the record in CRM.
  2. Open it in a new window using the button in the top right.
  3. Click on the bookmark button you created above.

You should now get a popup with the GUID which looks something like this:


Also, if your interested, here is the unminified version of the javascript code.

javascript:(function() {
   var captured = /id=([^&]+)/.exec(document.URL)[1]; 
   var result = captured ? decodeURIComponent(captured) : 'Could not find guid';
   window.prompt('Record ID:',result);

If your are still using CRM 2011 use this code instead:

javascript:(function() {var url=document.URL;var guid =[A-F0-9]{8}(?:-[A-F0-9]{4}){3}-[A-Z0-9]{12}/);window.prompt('Record ID:',url.substring(guid+10, guid+46))})();


javascript:(function() {
  var url=document.URL;
  var guid =[A-F0-9]{8}(?:-[A-F0-9]{4}){3}-[A-Z0-9]{12}/);
  window.prompt('Record ID:',url.substring(guid+10, guid+46))