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Lookup In Select of URL For Power Pages

 While working on a Power Pages implementation I was consume the Power Pages API to get a Lookup table so I could show and hide information on the form using jQuery.  One issue I was having is I couldn't get a lookup field to return even though I had it as a field in the site setting for the table and included it in the my select statement in the URL.  I kept getting an `unexpected error occurred`. This issue is caused because lookup's are made up using 3 fields. 1) Formatted Value = The information you see in the lookup field (i.e. the record name) 2) Logical Name = The table the related record is a part of 3) Id = The id of the related record In the api there is a 4th field that is returned that is the Associated Navigation Property and it is the logical name of the lookup field. When setting up our select and even saying what columns can be returned in the API, we have to think how the OData endpoint will return the data to us.  The easy w
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Reusable Method To Get Record By Id

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Power Pages Update Last Successful Login Using JavaScript and Power Pages API

 Recently while working on a Power Pages implementation for a client, I had the requirement to show the last time a user logged in on their profile page.  I thought this would be easy to do as there is already a field on the contact record for "Last Successful Login" (      adx_identity_lastsuccessfullogin).  This use to update when a user logged in, but it appears Microsoft has removed that automation. While searching I came across a few different ways of achieving this task.  One used application insights in Azure and another one used an HTTP endpoint setup in Power Automate.  I thought, this needs to be simpler.  What I came up with is to use Liquid with JavaScript to tell if a user is logged in or not.  Then use the new Power Pages api to update the logged in users contact record to mark the last time they logged in. Here is the approach I setup: 1) Make sure you turn on the api for contact in Site Settings. 1) Link to Microsoft Doc On How to turn on the api 2) Make s

How to Render Raw HTML Column in View in Power Pages

 Recently I had a requirement for a client to convert their existing site over to Power Pages.  One of the items I needed to convert was a "Recent Announcements" page.  This is a pretty straightforward page with only a title of "Recent Announcements" and a grid showing the announcements.  The grid only has two columns, 'Created On' and 'Message'.  The problem I had to solve was I used the Rich Text Editor control on the 'Message' field.  This means that raw HTML was stored in the field.  Out of the box Power Pages can't render the raw HTML in the column.  This means in the Power Page would have raw HTML showing instead of a nicely formatted message.  This is easily solved with a small JavaScript function. The first thing I did was create a custom entity in DataVerse called Announcement.  Here is the layout of the fields: Changed the primary name field from 'Name' to 'Subject'. Added a multi-line text field called 'Mess

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