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Get involved: Enter the GPUG Summit “AppOFF” Competition

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWith the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015, developers were provided with additional Service Based Architecture (SBA) functionality built into the application and development environment.

Service Based Architecture is primarily comprised of two features: Service Enabled Procedures and the .Net Interop.

These two features blur the line of distinction between Dexterity and the .Net development world. Previously tools like Continuum and Visual Studio Tools allowed external developers to interface with Dexterity based applications, but Dexterity itself was unaware of these tools and their integrations.

With Service Based Architecture, Dexterity is now able to get in on the party. It can create code in the form of Service Enabled Procedures which are exposed to the outside world as REST based web services. It can also now use .Net objects, methods, properties and datatypes directly in Dexterity’s sanScript language.

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To promote the use of this technology, at the upcoming GPUG Summit confence in Reno, Nevada, USA on the 13-16 October 2015, the Dynamics GP User Group (GPUG) will be hosting an “AppOFF” competition.

The competition is inviting GPUG members to design and create a Dynamics GP related App which can either leverage the default web services included with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 or use custom developed Dexterity service enabled procedures to provide additional web services.

The aim is to edcuate members on the tools that can be used to create Apps and so providing some GP related Apps for the community to use, while having some fun with a contest between members.

If you saw the development tools session that Mariano and I presented at Convergence, we showed you can use the Project Siena tool in conjunction with standard GP web services to create functional App in only a few minutes.

For more information on the objectives and guidelines, see Kim Peterson’s blog post

Get involved, enter now.

David

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Filed under: Conference, Development, GPUG, News Tagged: Conference, GPUG, GPUG Summit 2015, News

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Upcoming US Trip for reIMAGINE and GPUG Summit

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is a Public Service Announcement. A warning to everyone in the USA that I am coming to visit again and will be bringing the obligatory “stash” of Australia foods to inflict upon the unwary.

Then again, everything I bring with the exception of Vegemite usually goes down very well. :-)

I am coming over in September to Fargo, North Dakota for the reIMAGINE 2015 partner conference, which is being held between the 21st and 23rd September 2015.

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I am down to present or host 3 sessions at this conference with my friend and partner in crime, Mariano Gomez (The Dynamics GP Blogster).

Conference Sessions

  • 21-Sep-2015 3:15pm – 4:15pm: 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 Minutes
  • 22-Sep-2015 9:45am – 10:45am: Expert 1-on-1 Workroom
  • 23-Sep-2015 11:30am – 12:30am: Developing in Dexterity

I am also going to be in Reno, Nevada in October for the GPUG Summit 2015 conference, which is being held between the 13th and 16th October 2015.

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I am going to be very busy at GPUG Summit as I am going to be running some preconference training (by myself) as well as presenting a number of sessions (with Mariano Gomez).

Pre-Conference Training

  • 12-Oct-2015 8:00am – 12:00pm: Introduction to the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools
  • 12-Oct-2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Advanced Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools Tricks and Tips

Conference Sessions

  • 14-Oct-2015 9:45am – 10:45am: Calling all Geeks! Find out how Apps work with Dynamics GP
  • 14-Oct-2015 11:00am – 12:00pm: GPUG App-Off! (I will post more about this soon)
  • 14-Oct-2015 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Why is the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools so Amazing?
  • 15-Oct-2015 3:15pm – 4:15pm: 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 minutes
  • 15-Oct-2015 4:45pm – 5:45pm: Developing Service Applications with Dexterity: A No Nonsense Step-by-Step Guide
  • 16-Oct-2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Using GP Power Tools to Write Custom Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP

As it is long way to travel, I won’t be going home to Perth in between the conferences. I will be running a 5 day Dexterity Training course in Mexico City, Mexico and spending some time in the USA visiting with friends.

Looking forward to seeing you at one or both of the conferences.

See you soon.

David

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#GPPT What’s New: Installer and Documentation

David Meego - Click for blog homepageGP Power Tools is the first product that I have released over the years to have a proper installation program. As the complexity of the products increases and there are more files involved than a single Dexterity chunk (.cnk) file, it became necessary to use an installer rather than just a zipped archive file.

GP Power Tools has a number of DLL files as well as a text file with version history, a license document and the user guide PDF.

This article shows you what the new installer windows look like and how simple GP Power Tools is to install.

Installer

When you click on the installer executable: GPPowerTools_XX.00.00XX.exe, the first window you will see is the UAC (User Access Control) check. Winthrop Development Consultants now has a code signing certificate and so the installer executable and all the DLL files are signed with a digital certificate.

Installer 1

You will then be presented with the welcome page, which allows you to confirm the product, version and build you are about to install. Click Next.

Installer 2

Next you will see the License Agreement page where you will need to accept the license terms before proceeding. This is the same license as contained in the GPPTools_License.doc file. Tick the checkbox and click Next.

Installer 3

If you have more than one instance of Microsoft Dynamics GP of the appropriate version installed, you will be asked to select which instance you want to install against. Otherwise this window is skipped. Select an instance and click Next.

Installer 4

The Install folder for the selected instance is displayed. While it is possible to change the folder, usually you should just accept the folder listed. The installer will check that the folder contains a Dynamics.exe file of the correct version before continuing. Click Next.

Installer 5

Now the installer will list all the settings for final confirmation. Click Next.

Installer 6

Once Next is clicked, the installer will install the Dexterity chunk (.cnk) files and DLL files as well as the .txt, .doc and .pdf files. It will also automatically unchunk and include the chunk files while the installer has elevated permissions.

Installer 7

The last window will tell you that the installation has completed. Click Finish.

Installer 8

If you run the installer again, you will be presented with a different window which will allow you to either install again or to remove an existing instance. You can install again to a new instance or install over the top of an existing instance if you need to perform a “repair”.

Installer 9

Note: You must uninstall GP Power Tools from inside the application from the About GP Power Tools window, before uninstalling via the installer. This will perform the appropriate clean up within the application. It also backs up the GP Power Tools settings to a Debugger.xml file that will be read back if you re-install.

About Debugger

Documentation

Finally, after receiving a feedback survey which gave a score of 1 out of 9 for documentation, I thought it was worth reminding everyone that there is a very detailed (256 page) user guide manual installed with the product (that can also be downloaded separately).

User Guide

Pressing F1 for help from any of the GP Power Tools windows will offer to open the manual or take you to the GP Power Tools Portal:

Enjoy

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: 2010, 2013, 2013 R2, 2015, 2015 R2, Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, Products Tagged: GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2015, GP Power Tools, GPPT, What’s New

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Vote now for your 2015 GPUG All Stars

David Meego - Click for blog homepageEach year GPUG (Dynamics GP User Group) recognises three individuals from the Microsoft Dynamics GP community who go above and beyond to help others.

These individuals will be recognised as GPUG All Stars at the upcoming GPUG Summit in Reno, NV, USA.

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Please vote now… there are only 2 weeks left before the poll closes.

OK, before we go any further, I will admit that I am one of the nominees for this year and that I would love you to vote for me.

That said, there also many other very deserving individuals from both customer and partner organisations.

For more details on the award and the link to the voting poll, please check out Kim “Mamma” Peterson’s blog post

Voting closes on the 31st August 2015, so please vote now.

Happy voting.

David

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Microsoft Edge says “Hmm, we can’t reach this page.”

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have finally taken the plunge and updated my primary machine, a Surface Pro 3, to Windows 10.

I delayed the installation of Windows 10 for a little while primarily because I wanted to get GP Power Tools released and did not want anything to mess up my development environments.

Then my friend Bill Marshall seemed to have some issues with Dexterity and Windows 10, so I did some testing on another Windows 10 machine to ensure that everything should work.

While doing some initial testing after the upgrade, I started receiving errors from new Microsoft Edge internet browser.

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Hmm, we can’t reach this page.

This would be expected if I did not have internet access, but I did. Internet Explorer worked fine and my mail worked perfectly via outlook.

While checking my settings on the Network and Sharing Center window, I noticed that my system had both a private and a public network showing. Even though my WiFi and Ethernet were connected to the same router.

I was able to solve the issue by cleaning up my network adaptors. I had a number of virtual drivers because I had been using a Hyper-V virtual machine to test the Windows 10 preview. Disabling the Hyper-V Virtual switch and making sure that the remaining Ethernet and WiFi adapters had all checkboxes selected on the Networking tab of propertues (except Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol and Hyper-V Externsible Virtual Switch) stabilised my connections.

Now both connections show as a Private connection to the same network and my internet connection is now fast and stable.

It seems that Microsoft Edge does not like it when there are both Private and Public networks at the same time.

Hope this helps.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Microsoft, Windows Tagged: Exception, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10

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Announcing Winthrop Development Consultants’ partnership with Mekorma

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Winthrop Development Consultants is proud to announce its Partnership with Mekorma. Mekorma is now the exclusive distribution and support partner for the Winthrop Development Consultants product range.

The first product in the range is the much anticipated GP Power Tools (formerly known as the Support Debugging Tool) now available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, GP 2013 and GP 2015.

GP Power Tools takes everything great from its predecessor and makes it better. There are many new features and numerous enhancements to existing features. Mekorma, known for their excellent sales and technical support, now bring this to Winthrop Development Consultants and GP Power Tools.

The special introductory price for GP Power Tools is US$365 per year per customer site, which includes unlimited Mekorma Customer Support. The Support services will be available for GP Power Tools during normal office hours of 6:00am – 5:00pm (US Pacific Time). To place an order please fill out the online order form.

To download GP Power Tools, visit the Mekorma website; www.mekorma.com. Downloads are available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, GP 2013 and GP 2015.

I am so excited to finally make this news public.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Business, GP Power Tools, News, Products Tagged: General, GP Power Tools, GPPT, Mekorma, News

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#GPPT What’s New: Run C# and VB.Net scripts with .Net Execute

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe Support Debugging Tool already has the ability to create and execute Dexterity sanScript and Transact-SQL scripts, without needing the Dexterity development environment or SQL Server Management Studio installed.

Now GP Power Tools adds the ability to create and execute Visual C# scripts and Visual Basic.Net scripts, without needing Visual Studio installed.

Welcome to the new .Net Execute window. Developed with the assistance of my friend Andrew Dean from Envisage Software Solutions in Sydney, the .Net Execute window allows developers with a Visual Studio and Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP background to write and execute .Net scripts inside Dynamics GP.

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When you select a script language, a template script is automatically generated in that language including the appropriate using or Imports statements. The system also adds the references to the appropriate DLLs. You can click on the References button to add additional references for other Dynamics GP dictionaries or other system or custom features.

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The script editor window provides all the standard features, such as the Insert button for inserting code constructs, the Helper button for adding calls to Helper functions, the Names button for looking up and inserting dictionary resources as well as the Script menu with find, replace and syntax checking.

Using the Helper functions it is possible to create or load scripts written in Dexterity, SQL or either of the .Net languages and execute them. This allows you to write scripts in any combination of the four languages regardless of what the base language is.

Support for Visual C# and Visual Basic.Net is provided by the two addins installed with GP Power Tools. The Visual C# extension addin providing support for Visual C# scripts and the Visual Basic.Net extension addin providing support for Visual Basic.Net. These addins DLLs must be installed for the functionality to be available.

Finally, the Visual Basic.Net extension addin also provides an additional feature in the Runtime Execute window: Dexterity sanScript code can be executed in the context of a modified form, rather than the original form, and so read and write to Modifier added local fields.

Enjoy

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: 2010, 2013, 2013 R2, 2015, 2015 R2, Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, Products Tagged: GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2015, GP Power Tools, GPPT

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