Dexterity Training in Mexico – Part 3 of 3

David Meego - Click for blog homepageNow it was Sunday and Mariano Arias and José Ramírez had planned another day of sightseeing.

They wanted to make sure I got to see lots of Mexico while I was in the country and once the Dexterity training started, there would be very limited time.

The day started a little later, which was good after such a busy day yesterday. José and I walked from the hotel to the park in front of Chapultepec Castle where we met Mariano. We then walked through the park and up to the castle which is situated on a hill.

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Chapultepec Castle from below

The castle is the only royal castle in North America that was actually used as the residence of a sovereign: the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I, and his consort Empress Carlota, lived there during the Second Mexican Empire.

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Chapultepec Castle Grounds

It is now the National History Museum and contains lots of artefacts and information about the turbulent history of Mexico.

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Upper Gardens of Chapultepec Castle

Just a quick side note, if you saw Baz Luhrmann’s movie version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet you might recognise this beautiful building as the Capulet Mansion.

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Lower Gardens of Chapultepec Castle

After viewing the castle we walked along the wide avenue which runs from the castle through the city, the Paseo de la Reforma. This took us to the stunning Angel of Independence monument which was created to celebrate the centenary of Mexican Independence. There is a mausoleum at its base which we were able to walk through to pay our respects. It is possible to get to the view platform at the top, just below the golden angel, but that must be organised in advance with the authorities.

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Angel of Independence

That completed another day of sightseeing and now it was time to get some rest before the Dexterity training started on Monday.

On Tuesday night, after the training, José decided to take me and a couple of the out of town attendees from the training course to soak up some real Mexican culture…. in the form of Mexican Wrestling. My prior “experience” of Mexican Wrestling was entirely based on the Jack Black movie from 2006, Nacho Libre. This was not the best movie ever, but at least I knew a hint of what to expect.

I had seen Mexican Wrestling masks for sale and I knew that the character portrayed by the wrestlers is probably more important than their technical skills in the ring (which is a boxing type square).

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Mexcian Wrestling Masks

To give you a taste of the mayhem and noise that makes up Mexican Wrestling here is a video from the night. There was a lot of acting and some fantastic choreographed sequences in what was a fun night.

Mexican Wresting in Mexico City (direct link)

 

On Wednesday night we had a change of pace and visited Coyoacán. This is an historic town which has a very strong Spanish heritage. It actually felt like you were walking through the streets of Barcelona (except for the odd Mexican flag).

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Drinking Coyotes Fountain in Coyoacán

The fountain and the park in the centre of town depicts two drinking Coyotes, which is what gave the town its name. While there we went to a food hall area where there was a gentleman making pancakes. The difference was that you could ask for him to make anything with the pancake.

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Pancakes in the shape of a Kangaroo and Koala

Check out the video of the pancakes being made:

Fancy Pancakes at Coyoacán in Mexico City (direct link)

 

On Thursday night (1st October), we visited Tlatelolco in the north of México City. We went to an area called Plaza de las Tres Culturas. The square is flanked by three cultures: Aztec, Spanish and modern Mexico. There are the remains of Aztec temples on one side, with the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco on another and a modern era housing complex on a third side. The church looks like it was built to match the Aztec temples as it is built from the same stones…. exactly the same stones. Sadly, much of the Aztec ruins where dismantled to built the church.

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Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco at night

This area also has significance in modern history as it was the site of a student demonstration in 1968 which ended in a massacre by the authorities which hundreds killed and injured. There is a memorial on the south side of the plaza, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the events of 2nd October 1968.

On Friday, we finished the class materials and had time for questions and answers and also to review any topics the attendees wanted.  We also took a photo of the attendees outside the office building.

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Attendees from the Dexterity training.
From left: Julian Olave, Alberto Rodriguez, Gilberto Sosa, Marcos Cristales, Mariano Arias*, Karina Zapata, David Musgrave, Deneb Ortega, Jose Ramirez, Mario Rodriguez.
Absent: Horacio Tena

The next day was Saturday morning and time for me to leave Mexico and return to the United States for the next part of my trip. After being dropped off at the airport by a taxi, I caught a flight to San Francisco.

Thanks to everyone who made me feel welcome in Mexico and especially my hosts, Mariano Arias and José Ramírez from Axentit.

David

* Mariano did not actually do the training, but wanted to be in the photo. :-)

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Dexterity Training in Mexico – Part 2 of 3

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday was Saturday and I was in Mexico City as a tourist with my hosts from Axentit, Mariano Arias and José Ramírez, as guides.

The day started with meeting outside the office before we headed to see the Aztec Pyramids at Teotihuacán.

While waiting at the office, I found one of the bike share stands that I had seen around the city yesterday. As a cyclist, I love the idea of bike share schemes as it is just such a great way to get around the city.

Bikes

I also took a picture of the street as this should give you a feel for what the Condesa area is like. Lots of trees and open walkways.

Condesa

Once José arrived we headed out in the car to Teotihuacán. Teotihuacán is the site of an ancient Aztec city and is known for the three large pyramids and the main street running through the middle, the Avenue of the Dead.

Just as we were parking at the car park at the main entrance to Teotihuacán we saw a group of men in costumes climbing a tall pole. Then the threw themselves off the pole while one of the men played a drum and flute.  This was my introduction to Voladores De Papantla or in English Papantla’s Flyers. Check out the video:

Voladores De Papantla (Papantla’s Flyers) at Teotihuacán in Mexico (direct link)

 

Once inside the city complex, we started with climbing the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) and using that as a vantage point to see the huge Pyramid of the Sun and the smaller Pyramid of the Moon. Climbing the temple was just a taste of the much harder climb to come.

Temple1The Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Temple2View to the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon

As we walked towards the other pyramids, the awesome scale of the Pyramid of the Sun came into play as it just got bigger and bigger.

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It is getting bigger, are those little dots at the top people?

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Whose idea was it to climb this monster?

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Ok, Let’s get started

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We made it …. and look at that view to the Pyramid of the Moon

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The view of the Avenue of the Dead and The Pyramid of the Moon from here was great

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And now we need to get down. A flying fox cable would be great right now!

We were really lucky with the weather as it was overcast and cool. Had the sun been out, it would have made the climb up even harder than it was. Once we made it down to the bottom again, we started walking along the Avenue of the Dead towards the Pyramid of the Moon.

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The Avenue of the Dead

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The Pyramid of the Moon from ground level

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The Pyramid of the Moon as seen from The Pyramid of the Sun

OK, I admit it, we decided not to climb the Pyramid of the Moon as you can only go up part of the way and it is just not worth it if you cannot get all the way to the top. That, and my legs were tired and my asthma had played up enough already.

After an amazing but exhausting morning at Teotihuacán, we drove back to the city. As were travelling back the rain started and it stayed for the rest of the day. Once back in town, we parked near the Monument to the Revolution. This amazing structure was originally planned by the government to be the Federal Legislative Palace but the money ran out and it was never completed. It was later completed and serves as a mausoleum and monument to the heroes of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. There is a lift (elevator) to a viewing platform, but we did not have time to go up.

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The Monument of the Revolution with water feature in the plaza

While we were walking past the Monument we saw Capoeira dancers demonstrating their skills and having a lot of fun at the same time.

Capoeira dancers under the Monumento a la RevoluciĂłn in Mexico City (direct link)

 

We then continued to the nearest Metro station and caught the Metro to the Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn. That was an experience in itself. We caught the third train to come through the station as the first two were so full it was not possible to even attempt to get on.

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The third Metro train was relatively empty

Once that the Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn we could see the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de la AsunciĂłn de la SantĂ­sima Virgen MarĂ­a a los cielos). We could also see lots of people attending a protest about the 2014 deaths of 43 students that remains unexplained by the authorities.

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Cathedral and Plaza

The protest was very noisy while we had a late lunch at a hotel restaurant which bordered the plaza.

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View from the Restaurant across the Plaza

After eating we walked back to the car and took in a number of sights along the way, including some Aztec dancers.

Aztec Dancers near Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn in Mexico City (direct link)

 

We also past by the Museum of Fine Arts and a memorial to Benito Juarez.

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Museum of Fine Arts

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Memorial for Benito Juarez

Once back at the car, we had a short drive to drop me at the hotel and a very full day of sightseeing came to an end. I was exhausted and slept very well.

Still more to come….

David

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Dexterity Training in Mexico – Part 1 of 3

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter the reIMAGINE 2015 conference (and the camera incident), I left Fargo, North Dakota on Friday for the next part of my trip. As already discussed, the plan was to stay on this side of the world between the reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015 conferences rather than fly the 30 plus hours home, just to turn around and fly 30 plus hours back a week later. Not only would that cost a lot more, the multiple jet lags would also do horrendous things to my body clock.

So, while I was staying “in the area” I was asked to go down to Mexico City, Mexico to run a five day Dexterity Fundamentals class.

The trip down to Mexico was fairly quick and simple. A flight from Fargo to Dallas and after a short wait, a flight from Dallas to Mexico City. This was my first trip to Mexico (in fact my first trip further south than Texas in the Americas).

FYI: My knowledge of Spanish goes back to life as a British 12 year old on holidays in Mallorca (pronounced as Mayorca), the largest of the three Balearic Islands located east of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. In other words, almost non-existent.

The team at Axentit in Mexico had asked for me to come down and train a number of their team plus a couple of developers from customers to get them started in the Dexterity development world. Some of the attendees had already worked with Visual Studio Tools integrations, but not in Dexterity. Two of the attendees had some Dexterity experience from a previous training, but had never really used it, so this course was a refresher for them.

I just want to highlight the importance of Dexterity training, even for developers who are not planning to work with Dexterity moving forward. Understanding how Dexterity works allows developers to understand how Microsoft Dynamics GP works and why it behaves in particular ways. A Visual Studio Tools developer will be much more efficient and will create better code if they have at least done the basic level of Dexterity Training.

I am not going to bore you with details of the class other than to say I had nine attendees and they all did very well and they gave me excellent scores and feedback on the evaluation forms. Thanks guys.

The rest of this article is going to cover the time outside the training where my hosts, Mariano Arias and José Ramírez, showed my the sights, sounds and tastes of Mexico.


José picked me up from the Airport and we headed back to the Axentit office in the Condesa area in Mexico City. We then picked up Irio Daniel and the four of us went and had some lunch at a Mexican buffet. Below is the first photo with the new camera:

Lunch1Clockwise: José Ramírez, Mariano Arias, Irio Daniel and David Musgrave

I got to try a lot of different dishes that I had not had before and also started to understand that what we “Gringos” understand to be Mexican food in Australia and the United States is not actually what they eat in Mexico (at least in Mexico City).

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After lunch, they guys dropped me of at the boutique hotel I was staying at. The Villa Condesa Hotel was only a short walk from the office and is a lovely, friendly small hotel.

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The hotel does not look like much from the street, but once you are inside, it is quiet, welcoming and relaxing. The rooms are small and cosy… but not cramped. It has a lush garden which sets the tone as you walk in.

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Mariano and José had planned a busy agenda for the weekend, so I had an early night so I would be ready….

More to come….

David

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#reIMAGINE2015 – Wrap Up

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reIMAGINE 2015 has now truly finished, not only has the conference finished, but I have finally completed my blog series for the conference.

While I did not get to attend many sessions, the conference was a great experience as I was able to meet with many partners, consultants, developers and ISVs as well as touch base with many of my ex-colleagues in the Microsoft team.

Here are the presentation materials from my two sessions:

Below are the posts from this blog:

Here are the posts from fellow blogger, Jen Kuntz:

Hope to see you next year in Fargo on the 19th to 21st September 2016 for reIMAGINE 2016.

My epic trip continues, see my next post….

David

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#reIMAGINE2015 – Day 3

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The final day of reIMAGINE 2015 combined breakfast with another Rapid Fire Partner Solution session. Then we had a Closing session which included a great keynote by one of the fathers of Dexterity (the language behind Dynamics GP), Tim Brookins.

Tim discussed the Internet Of Things (IOT) and how gathering data can help make smarter decisions. For example, understanding the driving habits of different demographic groups allows insurance companies to offer policies and premiums appropriately so they can still run a profitable business. He mentioned that some insurance companies now offer lower premiums to “safe” drivers if they are willing to install a dongle into their car which monitors car usage and metrics such as hard acceleration and braking. If you decide to protect your privacy and not use the dongle, you will be left in the “risky” drivers group. Over time the premium for the safe group will drop and rise for the risky group. Even if you are a safe driver, protecting your privacy will cost you.

Tim’s final example related to email and whether you are paying for your email service. If you are not paying and are using a “free” service, you will have to accept that your privacy will be diminished as the service provider is going to either serve up adverts or is expecting you to also use other paid services.

In summary, you will need to pay in one way or another if you want to protect your privacy. The service providers have to make their money somewhere. An Australian TV show about advertising called “The Gruen Factor“, summed it up as “If you are getting a service without paying for it, then you not the customer, you are the product”.

The Closing Session finished with the details of when the next conference will be, mark your calendars now for reIMAGINE 2016. It will be back in Fargo, September 19-21, 2016. More details will be available later this year, but it will be at the Hilton Garden Inn again.

Insert great photo here of David with Tim Brookins. :-(

The conference was not over yet with the last sessions still to come.

I actually was able to attend my first breakout session that I was not directly involved with. I sat in on Brian Roney’s “Tried and True Practices for Developing SBA Operations”. This was a great session which covered Service Based Architecture, .Net objects and .Net Interop as well as window linked and decoupled service enabled procedures.

Now, it was time for another new (and experimental) session presented by Mariano and myself. The “Developing in Dexterity” session was designed to be a bit of an introduction into Dexterity development while still having some advanced topics covered. Mariano and I have covered Dexterity before we have usually skipped over some of the steps involved or used macros to speed them up.

This time I decided to raise the bar and challenge myself. With Mariano’s help, I would code an example customisation live in a 60 minute session. To prove it was live, we got the audience to select the window (from a list of 3 suggestions) and to provide the names for a string field and a drop down list field. This fields would be added to the window as user defined fields and stored in a parallel table. The default value for the string and the contents (3 items) of the drop down list were also chosen by the audience.

After creating the fields and the table and adding the fields to the window, I used previously exported scripts to drive the windows. To make them work, I had to perform a number of find and replace steps to rename all the objects as required. I then created and deployed the chunk and showed it working in a live application.

The next step was to create a set of Service Based Architecture services to allow the additional fields to created, updated, deleted and retrieved. While I messed up one of the find and replace steps, I was able to get the code compiled and deployed into the live system. Hopefully, the attendees enjoyed the session seeing me put under pressure and almost screwing up.

Insert photo of session attendees here. Sorry guys can’t make you famous.

After the Dexterity session was over, we had a quick boxed lunch and then I had a couple of meetings with the Dynamics GP development team and Dynamics GP product managers. These meetings were very productive, but I can’t tell you any details. If I did, then I would have to get someone else to shoot you…. I don’t own a gun.

After the meetings, we assembled at Sheila JR and Leslie’s room at the Home2 Suites for some pre-dinner drinks before we all headed over to Passage to India for what has become an annual tradition. Yummy Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh and Garlic Naan.

DinnerClockwise: Mariano Gomez, John Lowther, Sheila Jefferson-Ross, David Musgrave, Belinda Allen, Jen Kuntz, Leslie Vaile, Sheila Ochoa, & Emily Halverson.

This brought the conference to a close with most of the attendees flying out the next day (except for the locals). You have already heard of some of my exploits on the next day with the destruction of all my photos.

Conference Wrap Up in the next post…

David

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