Friday 26 October 2012

Dynamics CRM 2011 - Propagate the plug-in invalid exception message in JavaScript code.

Recently I came across an issue where I would like to propagate the plug-in InvalidPluginExcecutionException message via JavaScript code. Based on the client requirements I need to trigger a plug-in on click of custom ribbon button on the Opportunity entity. Hence on custom button click I have written a web service call that updates one of custom attributes of an Opportunity entity. So, when system will update this field via client side web service call, the registered plug-in will be triggered automatically.

Usually your InvalidPluginExcecutionException message inside your plug-in code is displayed to user in a standard CRM message box. In my case I am unable to see the same because the plug-in is being triggered via JavaScript web service call. Below is the code snippet that executes my query.

//Asynchronous AJAX function to update a CRM record using OData
    type: "POST",
    contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
    datatype: "json",
    data: jsonEntity,
    url: serverUrl + ODATA_ENDPOINT + "/" + odataSetName + "(guid'" + id + "')",
    beforeSend: function (XMLHttpRequest) {
      //Specifying this header ensures that the results will be returned as JSON.             
      XMLHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("Accept", "application/json");
      //Specify the HTTP method MERGE to update just the changes you are submitting.             
      XMLHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("X-HTTP-Method", "MERGE");
    success: function (data, textStatus, XmlHttpRequest) {
      //The MERGE does not return any data at all, so we'll add the id 
      //onto the data object so it can be leveraged in a Callback. When data 
      //is used in the callback function, the field will be named generically, "id"
      data = new Object(); = id;
      if (successCallback) {
        successCallback(data, textStatus, XmlHttpRequest);
    error: function (XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown) {
      if (errorCallback) {
        errorCallback(XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown);
      else {
        ErrorHandler(XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown);

I have validated all the 3 objects i.e. XmlHttpRequest, textStatus and errorThrown inside errorCallback method to seek the plug-in error message with no success. However I can see the same error message via fiddler!!

Finally, I found a way to parse the response text of xmlHttpRequest and get the exact error message. Below is the code that works for me to alert the plug-in message from client side code.

function ErrorHandler(xmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown) {

I hope this will be helpful.

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