#MySummitNA Don’t miss my Dynamics GP Development Tools Session

David Meego - Click for blog homepageCommunity Summit Conference 2021, hosted by Dynamic Communities (DC), is happening right now in Houston, Texas, USA until from 12th to 15th October 2021.

I am presenting a session on Microsoft Dynamics GP development tools as the first session of the day on Friday. As I am still unable to leave Australia due to the pandemic border closures, the session has been pre-recorded and will be run as a video presentation.

However, I will be online in a Microsoft Teams Meeting for the duration of the session and would love for anyone attending the conference (and those just interested in GP Development) to join me and others in the community for a chat and Q & A session.

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#GPPT Updating a Security Role to all Users and Companies in a system

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday’s article comes about because I was asked if GP Power Tools could easily assign a Security Role to all users in all companies in a Microsoft Dynamics GP system.

GP Power Tools does have a copy feature in the Enhanced Security window which can copy all security settings from a selected user/company to all users in the same company or all companies for the same user, but it does not have the option to push a specific Security Role ID across the entire system.

No problem. We can just use the Developer Tools module to create this functionality in an hour or two.

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#GPPT Moving on from the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Mindset

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs a follow on from yesterday’s article on how different languages can be used to drive the Microsoft Dynamics GP user interface, this article discusses the need to move away from the old Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) way of thinking. If you missed yesterday’s article, here is the link.

Now that VBA is “End of Life” and many sites are starting to use GP Power Tools – Developer Tools module to replace the VBA business logic with GP Power Tools triggers and scripts. However some developers are still trying to write code as though they were still limited by VBA rather than leveraging the more powerful capabilities of GP Power Tools and Dexterity.

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#MSDynGP Development: Driving the User Interface of Microsoft Dynamics GP using Code

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOver the last couple of months I have been seeing a huge uptake on the sale and use of GP Power Tools – Development Tools module as more and more Microsoft Dynamics GP customer sites move their customizations away for the now “End of Life” Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

This article explains some of the differences and techniques for the common method driving the user interface using code written in VBA, Dexterity and Visual Studio Tools (C# or Visual Basic .Net).

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#GPPT Adding a Custom Salesperson ID Field with Lookup, Zoom and On-The-Fly Adds

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA long time customer recently asked if they could get a second Salesperson ID associated with a customer on the Customer Maintenance (RM_Customer_Maintenance) window using GP Power Tools.

There is already really good guide for adding custom fields to windows and reports published (see article: #GPPT Beginner’s Guide to Adding Custom Fields), but that example does not add a field linked to an existing table and so does not have the standard GP features of a lookup button, a zoom button and on-the-fly adding of records.

IMPORTANT: This example uses functionality only available in GP Power Tools Build 28.9.

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#GPPT Reversing the sort order of the Item History window

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA recent post on the GPUG (Dynamic Communities) forums asked How to change the default sort order for Item History. The Item History (IV_Item_History) window in Microsoft Dynamics GP shows period summary data from the IV_SUM_HIST_Period (IV30102) table based on the Item Number, Site ID and date range on ascending period basis.

This means that once you have a data for a number of periods, the latest data is always at the bottom of the window and will require the user to scroll down to the bottom to view it.

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#GPPT Adding 6 Additional Item Category Fields

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another awesome customization created using GP Power Tools. A customer requested additional Item Category fields, so this customization was created to double the number of Item Category fields from six to twelve.

The customization uses Modifier to add the additional fields to the Item Maintenance (IV_Item_Maintenance) window and the Inventory Control Setup (IV_Setup) window. The Report Writer has also been used to add the additional category fields to the Item List By User Category report.

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#GPPT Tracking changes to Customer and Vendor Cards

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs promised in my previous article, this article contains awesome example GP Power Tools – Developer Tools projects for tracking changes to customer and vendor cards records.

Thanks to Eric Gernan from Amaysim Mobile whom I worked with to create this custom functionality and gave me permission to publish generic versions of the projects.

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#GPPT Using GP Power Tools to track specific changes Revisited

David Meego - Click for blog homepageBack in 2017 I wrote an article which demonstrated how to get GP Power Tools to send an email every time the Credit Limit Field on the Customer Maintenance window was edited by a user and saved.

This article revisits this article by enhancing the functionality with the options to log changes to a text file or a SQL table instead of sending an email.

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#GPPT Building Self Service SQL Scripts

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis example shows the different methods that can be used with GP Power Tools to create Self Service SQL Scripts which can be made available to all users or just specific users.

The actual SQL Script used for this demonstration is a simple select query on the Customer Master (RM00101) RM_Customer_MSTR table, but can be replaced by any SQL statements to achieve any manipulation of the data desired.

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#MySummitNA Dynamics GP Development Tools Session

David Meego - Click for blog homepageDynamic Communities (DC), the team behind GPUG, will be hosting their Community Summit Conference on 12th to 15th October 2021. The agenda with sessions has now been posted online and I will be presenting a session on Microsoft Dynamics GP development tools.

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#DynamicsCon Dynamics GP Development Tools Session

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe Dynamics User Group (DUG) will be hosting its DynamicsCon Conference on 20th to 23rd September 2021. The agenda with sessions has been posted online after the session voting and selection has been completed and I will be presenting a session on Microsoft Dynamics GP development tools.

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#DynamicsCon Last Chance to Vote for Sessions

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday is the last day to vote for your favourite DynamicsCon conference sessions ahead of the conference scheduled for 20th to 23rd September 2021.

Make sure that you register and apply your 12 votes today to shape what you want to see at the conference.

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#DynamicsCon Vote for Session: Microsoft Dynamics GP Development – Choosing the Right Tool

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe next installment of DynamicsCon conference is scheduled for 20th to 23rd September 2021. The session submission period is over and now we enter the session voting period until 28th July.

During this voting period all registered attendees have 12 votes to apply to sessions as they wish, then the votes will be tallied and the final session lists published. See this explanation for more details of the process.

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#GPPT Modifying Reports based on Temporary Tables

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe recent Build 28.8 hotfix of GP Power Tools incorporated some Developer Tools module changes to enable so very cool customization options for updating reports based on temporary tables. The big feature enhancement is the ability to store a Table Reference as a Memory parameter.

References in Dexterity are like pointers to a particular resource, so the Table Reference allows access to the particular instance table buffer without needing to pass the table as a parameter to a script.

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#GPPT Best Practices for Programmatically Updating Fields on Windows

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another simple customization I thought it would be worth publishing because it allows us to discuss some best practices and also show some cool techniques.

I received an email from a user who wanted to use GP Power Tools to replace some VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code using GP Power Tools. They wanted to update a SOP (Sales Order Processing) Sales Transaction Entry User Defined Field based automatically but the code they had developed was not working.

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#GPPT Forcing Exclusive Use of Microsoft Dynamics GP Windows

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI was recently informed of an issue that a Microsoft Dynamics GP customer site was facing where having more than one user in a particular window at the same time was causing issues.

While the issue has been logged with Microsoft Support, the fix will not be available for a while, so I was asked how easy would it be to force the window to only work exclusively for a single user at a time using GP Power Tools.

The answer…. very easy …. initially.

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#GPPT Purchase Order Processing Lock Cost Part 3

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis article completes the creation of a GP Power Tools customization to prevent POP Receivings from updating the Originating Invoice Cost field on the Item Vendors Maintenance window.

Please make sure you have read the previous articles before continuing:

In the previous articles we used GP Power Tools to identify the table and field we want to work with as well as the script responsible for making the change to the field during the receivings posting process and then used triggers to restore the previous value of the field when posting receivings transactions.

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#GPPT Purchase Order Processing Lock Cost Part 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis article continues the creation of a GP Power Tools customization to prevent POP Receivings from updating the Originating Invoice Cost field on the Item Vendors Maintenance window.

Please make sure you have read the previous article before continuing:

In the previous article we used GP Power Tools to identify the table and field we want to work with as well as the script responsible for making the change to the field during the receivings posting process.

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#GPPT Purchase Order Processing Lock Cost Part 1

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI was recently working with a GP Power Tools customer who wanted to solve an issue with how the Purchase Order Processing (POP) module on their Microsoft Dynamics GP system functions.

They have international suppliers who specify the cost for their inventory items on a regular basis by sending through a price list document. Due to long lead times and shipping delays caused by the pandemic, cost pricing might change while the items are still in transit.

The issue is that when receiving a purchase order, the Originating Invoice Cost field on the Item Vendors Maintenance window is updated from the last received transaction, overwriting the current cost price provided by the supplier. The result is that subsequent purchase orders created have the incorrect cost value from the receivings transaction instead of from the supplier’s price list.

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