#GPPT Why every GP site needs GP Power Tools – Developer Tools


David Meego - Click for blog homepageGP Power Tools is the premier tool for administrators, consultants and developers of Microsoft Dynamics GP systems to enhance the usability, support and customize their ERP system.

This series will cover each of the modules of GP Power Tools and explain to potential users and existing users why every Dynamics GP site needs GP Power Tools.

If you already have GP Power Tools, but don’t have all the modules registered, this series will help you understand why you should register the other modules.

For other the other articles in the series, click here:

For an understanding of what is in this module, click here:

Developer Tools

Here are some of the benefits for the Developer Tools module:

Note: If you don’t have the developer resources to use these features or would like training on how best to use these features, please Contact Us.

Troubleshooting “No Repro” issues

  • Use triggers and logging to capture logs right up to the point when the problem occurs.
  • This has been used many times to identify the cause of non-reproducible issues.
  • Send emails, display dialogs, capture screenshots, save table contents and more.

Create Customizations

  • Use Triggers and Scripts.
  • Use any combination of Dexterity, SQL, C# and VB.Net.
  • No extra steps for deployment or upgrades.
  • Works with Modifier added fields.
  • Works with web client, unlike VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

Create Self Service Scripts

  • Create custom scripts for users to execute.
  • Scripts can be added as menus to existing windows or fields.
  • Ask for parameters and use custom lookups.

Create Custom RW Functions

  • Put calculated or table data on reports and Word templates.
  • Access data that cannot be retrieved any other way.
  • Use the custom RW Functions in report writer calculated fields.
  • Works with web client, unlike VBA.

Create Custom SBA Web Services

  • Create your own Service Based Architecture (SBA) REST based Web Service Calls.
  • Import Data, Export Data or run processes.
  • Deployed when saved, no need to restart services.

Create Custom Scheduled Events

  • Create Scheduled Events which perform actions within Dynamics GP.
  • Schedule as Daily, Weekly or Monthly; Repeat every X minutes; or on login or logout.
  • Events can be limited to specific users and/or companies.

Create Custom URL Drill Backs

  • Create your own external URL drill backs.
  • Perform any actions inside GP when an external URL is clicked.
  • Deployed when saved, no need to restart Dynamics.

Enhanced Debugger Experience

  • When using the script debugger, switch dictionary context without needing to change Dex.ini settings and restart.
  • Link the Resource Information window to dictionary context so it always matches the current window.

Prototyping Development

  • Speed up development by testing Dexterity, SQL, C# & VB.Net scripts directly in Dynamics GP.
  • No need to compile, deploy or restart when changes are made.
  • Dexterity and SQL scripts can be converted to pass through scripts and pasted into your development dictionary or Visual Studio project.

Debug with Dynamic Trigger Logging

  • Use Triggers before and after any focus event, procedure or function to confirm program flow.
  • Excellent for use when debugging Service Based Architecture or Login issues.

More Information

For more information check out the following links:

Don’t forget you can install anytime and activate the free 30 day trial period for any of the modules. If you have some modules registered, you already have preview access to the other modules, but activating the free trial period will give you full access.

Note: If you don’t have the developer resources to use these features or would like training on how best to use these features, please Contact Us.

Enjoy

David

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

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