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Friday Funny: Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMy eldest son is responsible for many things, but excels at the Art of Procrastination.

He once asked my wife, “Do you want to practice your procrastination skills?“. She replied “Sorry, I don’t have time now.“. To which my son said, “It’s OK, we can do it tomorrow.“.

He recently found this video of a TED Talk by Tim Urban, which explains everything….

Check out the video below:

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban (direct link)

 

//TODO: Finish this post with witty comment.

David

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Donald Trump mandates using Microsoft Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAt yesterday’s political rally at the FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, Republican party nominee for the position of President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, promised all US companies will be mandated to use Microsoft Dynamics GP for their financial management system when he is elected.

This fantastic news for Microsoft comes as Mr Trump reveals that the only businesses of his that have actually succeeded were those using Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The ERP solution known as Microsoft Dynamics GP was originally developed by Great Plains Software, an independent company located in Fargo, North Dakota, which was run by Doug Burgum. Dynamics Release 1.0 was released in February 1993. It was one of the first accounting packages in the USA that was designed and written to be multi-user and to run under Windows as 32 bit software. In late 2000, Microsoft announced the purchase of Great Plains Software for $1.1 billion. This acquisition was completed in April 2001.

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Mr Trump was very pleased to endorse Microsoft Dynamics GP, saying “In spite of my mismanagement, my companies using Dynamics GP were able to break even and sometimes even make a profit.”.

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At the event he held up a profitable balance sheet report as an example. He was very emotional as he emphatically declared that Microsoft Dynamics GP is the best of all the ERP systems on the market.

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Mr Trump made sure he told everyone that in his opinion Dynamics GP was “Number One” and that he was really looking forward to the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

When interviewed after the event, he mentioned that he was “just blown away” by the Dynamics GP product, its features and the awesome level of support he has received from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product team as well as the Support team and also from the GPUG community.

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This is an exciting development and bodes for a very profitable future for America.

(c) 2016. Reuters.

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Announcing Advanced Dexterity Training in Mexico City on 26-30 September 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast year, between reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015, I ran Dexterity Fundamentals Training in Mexico City for the Microsoft Partner, Axentit.

So, this year they have asked me to come back and run an Advanced Dexterity Training class for them between reIMAGINE 2016 and GPUG Summit 2016.

The training will run in the week following the reIMAGINE 2016 conference and will be located at the Axentit offices in Mexico City from Monday 26th September 2016 to Friday 30th September 2016.

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This gives me another excuse to show the “Exploding Head” Dexterity logo

After this course I will be running the Dexterity Fundamentals Training in Tampa, Florida in the week before GPUG Summit 2016.

Below is some draft information on the training, however, the agenda might change as I will be getting feedback on specific topics that the attendees would like covered.

Dexterity II (Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques)

Course Synopsis:

The Dexterity II course is designed to build upon the skills acquired from the Dexterity I course. It will provide advanced knowledge necessary to build applications that are tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. The class will focus on building integrations associated with maintenance windows, transaction windows, inquiry windows and reports. In addition, topics such as creating SQL data and upgrading applications will also be discussed.

By actively participating in this class, you will learn:

  • Advanced programming techniques used by Microsoft Dynamics GP to develop Dynamics GP modules
  • How to develop add-on applications that will interact with the Dynamics GP products to meet specific customer requests
  • How to develop add-on applications that will “look and feel” like Dynamics GP and provide a seamless interface between the applications to ensure a professional finished product

Who should attend?

Customers or Partners who will be customizing or building applications to integrate with the Dynamics GP products.

Prerequisites:

  • A basic understanding of Dynamics GP is also needed.
  • Hands on development experience with Dexterity, preferably Dexterity I training course.
  • Familiarity with the Dynamics Software Developer Kit.

Agenda

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8:30-5:30 each day

Course Topics

Day 1
Introductions and Overview
Maintenance Window Integration Project
– Using the Great Plains Note object
– Using companion tables
– Implementing triggers to synchronize data

Day 2
Installation Window
– Creating SQL Tables
– Pass through SQL
Transaction Entry Window Integration Project
– Adding fields to an existing scrolling window
– Implementing triggers for data manipulation

Day 3
Inquiry Window Integration Project
– Modify existing inquiry window
– Create a new inquiry window
– Working with temporary tables

Day 4
Reports
– Modifying existing reports to add 3rd party data
– Using calculated fields and Report Writer functions
– Building a Report Options window

Day 5
Reports
– Building a Report Options window (continued)
Upgrading
– Table Conversions
– Installation scripts – adding to a palette, setting security, and adding to the shortcut bar
Error Handling and Debugging

The above agenda is a guideline and might be re-organised to fit additional topics if time allows.

To register your interest, so you are notified once more details are available, please contact Mariano Arias via email marias at axentit dot com dot mx.

Hope to see you there.

David

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17th Century Shipbuilding and Your Failed Software Project

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe Vasa was a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The ship foundered and sank after sailing about 1,300 metres (1,400 yards) into her maiden voyage on 10th August 1628.

There are a number of lessons that can be learnt from the design, building and testing phases of the ship building process that could be applied to today’s software development world.

This is the topic of Pete Cheslock’s lightning talk at Monitorama PDX 2014:

Monitorama PDX 2014 – Lightning Talk – Pete Cheslock (direct link)

 

For more information on the ship and its history go to Vasa Museum or Wikipedia.

Enjoy

David

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#GPPT The type initializer for ‘Microsoft.Dexterity.Applications.root’ threw an exception

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWhile researching for the recent support case referenced in my earlier article, I identified another similar situation that I thought would be worth explaining.

In this example, we were receiving another Add-In Initialization Error when launching Microsoft Dynamics GP which was related to GP Power Tools and the WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVB.dll or WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVC.dll add-in.

Please note that a similar issue could be caused by any Dexterity product that also uses Visual Studio Tools addin dlls.

The Problem

The full error message displayed on launching Microsoft Dynamics GP was:

WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVB.dll: The type initializer for ‘Microsoft.Dexterity.Applications.root’ threw an exception. InnerException: Specified argument was out of the range of valid values. Parameter name: productId

Below is a screenshot of the error message:

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During the troubleshooting steps, we confirmed that if you removed or renamed (by changing the extension) of the WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVC.dll and WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVB.dll files in the Addins folder, that Microsoft Dynamics GP would launch without error.

However, once launched there was no sign of GP Power Tools on the menus or area pages.

The Cause

The cause of this issue was that the system was launching Microsoft Dynamics GP with a shortcut that pointed to a different launch file than Dynamics.set.

All Microsoft Dynamics GP dictionaries (both Microsoft created and ISV created) use chunk files that extract themselves when the Dynamics.set launch file is used. Part of the chunking process defines the name of the launch file to Dynamics.set.

During the GP Power Tools install, it silently extracts its GPPTools.cnk chunk file against Dynamics.set launch file to create the GPPTools.dic dictionary file.

If you look in the application folder you will see the dictionary file and if you edit the Dynamics.set launch file you will see GP Power Tools is installed.

The WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVC.dll and WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVB.dll files are installed into the Addins folder and are automatically loaded and initialized when Microsoft Dynamics GP starts up.

If you start Microsoft Dynamics GP using the Dynamics.set launch file, the GP Power Tools dictionary is loaded and when the add-ins initialize, they can find the dictionary objects they need and no errors are generated.

If you start Microsoft Dynamics GP using a different launch file that does not load the GP Power Tools dictionary, then you will receive errors when the add-ins attempt to initialize.

The Solution

To fix the issue you will need to ensure that both GP Power Tools and the Mekorma Product Manager dictionaries are manually added to the custom launch file. You can look at the Dynamics.set to get the settings to copy.

Note: Make a backup copy of the custom launch file before you edit it.

You will need to increment the number of products installed and then copy the Product ID and Product Name lines across. Then you will need to copy the 3 path lines for each dictionary into each set of workstation paths (usually only one set, by can be more).


5261
GP Power Tools
7156
Mekorma Products Manager

:C:Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Dynamics/GP/GPPTOOLS.DIC
:C:Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Dynamics/GP/Data/GPPT_FRM.DIC
:C:Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Dynamics/GP/Data/GPPT_RPT.DIC
:C:Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Dynamics/GP/MEP7156.DIC
:C:Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Dynamics/GP/Data/MEP7156F.DIC
:C:Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Dynamics/GP/Data/MEP7156R.DIC

Moral: Please be aware that using custom launch files will require extra steps when installing or removing products.

Hope this helps

David

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#GPUG Webinar: Why is the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools so Amazing?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter the huge success at the GPUG Summit 2015 conference, Beat Bucher MVP and I will be presenting an encore performance of our GP Power Tools (GPPT) session as a webinar.

Even though the session title mentions the Support Debugging Tool (SDT), the session focusses on GP Power Tools. This is because the Support Debugging Tool has been discontinued since October 2014 and replaced by GP Power Tools.

The webinar session is being presented as part of the DBA SIG (Database Administrators Special Interest Group). The details of the session are below:

This webinar takes you through some of the many ways that the Support Debugging Tool can make your life administering, supporting, consulting or developing for Microsoft Dynamics GP easier. David Musgrave and Beat Bucher will use real life examples to show how the Support Debugging tool can help. This session also includes demonstrations of GP Power Tools, and its new features.

This webinar is part of the Database Administrators Special Interest Group, whose goal is to help you learn and share expertise, tools and tips for managing and developing for Dynamics GP

DBA SIG: Why is the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools so Amazing?

Thursday 17th March 2016 (10:00 AM) to Thursday 17th March 2016 (11:00 AM) (US EST)

Click here to Register.

For more information see:

Hope to see you there

David

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Friday Funny: The Wintergatan Musical Marble Machine

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI found this newly released video from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Martin Molin designed and built the musical marble machine over 14 months and composed the music for the video. The machine uses 2000 marbles and has 3000 parts.

Check out the video:

Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles) (direct link)

 

For a summary of the making of the machine and video watch:

The Marble Machine is Finished! 2000 marbles, 3000 parts (direct link)

 

For more videos on this very cool marble machine, click on the link below:

Enjoy

David

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