Solved: Visual Studio Tools Addins fail after importing packages


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have been fairly quiet recently on the blog and forums as I have been concentrating on developing the next build of GP Power Tools. All I can say is that it is awesome and you will love it. I have a “Sneak Peak” article coming soon.

While working on the development and testing process, I had some unusual behaviour from my .Net Visual Studio Tools Addins and spent an entire day troubleshooting the issue so I could identify the cause and work out a solution. Read on for the gory details….

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#GPPT Converting .Net Execute Scripts from C# to VB.Net


David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from the previous articles: #GPPT Speeding Up Referencing Modifier Added Fields and staying Web Client compatible and #GPPT Referencing Modifier Added Fields in the Web Client using .Net Execute, this article looks how we can use VB.Net rather than C# as the scripting language in the .Net Execute scripts.

Both VB.Net and C# use the .Net Common Language Runtime (CLR) and it is usually possible to write exactly the same code in either language. So we will duplicate our existing C# scripts and convert them to VB.Net, then we will duplicate the triggers to call the new scripts.

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#GPPT Speeding Up Referencing Modifier Added Fields and staying Web Client compatible


David Meego - Click for blog homepageUsing the method discussed in the article #GPPT Referencing Modifier Added Fields in the Web Client using .Net Execute it was possible able to get past some of the limitations mentioned in the article Dynamics.Application Object not available on Web Client.

However, running the .Net (C# or VB.Net) code is slightly slower than running the Dexterity (sanScript) code. This article explains a method of how to improve Desktop Client performance while staying compatible with the Web Client.

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#GPPT Referencing Modifier Added Fields in the Web Client using .Net Execute


David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou probably saw the recent article: Dynamics.Application Object not available on Web Client where I described an issue that was recently discovered and meant that the “Continuum” based triggers and scripts used to reference Modifier Added Fields in GP Power Tools – Developer Tools module were unable to work in the Web Client.

I mentioned a workaround that would function with the current GP Power Tools code when running on the Web Client (and Desktop Client). This article will show how you can use scripts in the .Net Execute Setup window to reference Modifier Added Fields.

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Dynamics.Application Object not available on Web Client


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis article comes about because we have identified a feature of GP Power Tools that does not work as expected on the Web Client. GP Power Tools has the ability to run scripts and register triggers against Modifier added fields and Modal Dialogs. These features uses the Dynamics.Application object and in particular a suite of functionality historically known as “Continuum”.

We can now confirm that the Dynamics.Application object is not available at all when running Microsoft Dynamics GP in the Web Client and so any functionality reliant on this object will fail to work.

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#GPPT Replacing VBA with GP Power Tools – Developer Tools


David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs a follow on to the recent post : #GPPT Why every GP site needs GP Power Tools – Developer Tools, this article explains the benefits of replacing your VBA (Visual Studio for Applications) and VSTools (Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP) customizations with GP Power Tools.

It has been prompted by the issues seen because the redistributable version of VBA that is packaged with Microsoft Dynamics GP has reached end-of-life as explained in the following article from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Support and Services team:

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#VSIT Visual Studio Integration Toolkit Helper Functions


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe release of Build 15 of the free product Visual Studio IntegrationToolkit is a bonus to Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP developers around the globe.

As well as the enhancements to the Menu Navigation functionality and the addition of support for custom Area Pages, Build 15 adds a new Helper functions module with over 220 functions.

This build is the result of a month’s development effort and is why you have not heard much from me on the blog recently.

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GPD Pocket 2 7″ Mini Laptop Windows 10 PC


David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou might have seen my posts on Twitter and Facebook recently about my new toy mini laptop PC, the crowd funded GPD Pocket 2.

I have been burnt before with crowd funded projects (I supported 3 smartwatches and only one make it to production and it under-delivered 😦 ), so I was wary of getting involved again. However, this was the second generation of the GPD Pocket and demo devices had already been delivered to a number of YouTube reviewers. I felt fairly safe to get involved with crowd funding again, as this would give me a discount and get the device earlier.

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#SBA: Getting Visual Studio Tools Addins working in Service Mode


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI recently had issues with one of my products and need to share the cause of the issue and the solution with the Microsoft Dynamics GP development community.

I made changes to all my products late last year, introducing a new registration system. The code uses Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP addin DLLs written in Visual C# to handle all the communication with the appropriate registration server.

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Calling Service Enabled Procedures from Visual Studio Tools and Dexterity


David Meego - Click for blog homepageWith the addition of Service Based Architecture (SBA) into Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and later, Dexterity global procedures can be marked as Service Enabled.

This allows a Dexterity global procedure to be a Service procedure which is exposed as a REST based web service via Service Base Architecture.

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Visual Studio Tools: Best Practice when adding References to Projects


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am writing this article after seeing the side effects of Visual Studio Tools developers not following Best Practice when adding references to their projects.

Two mistakes made by the developer in this example resulted in Microsoft Dynamics GP failing to launch with the “An exception occurred while trying to load or initialize the addin” error.

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#BPST Batch Posting Service Toolkit build 7 released


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am pleased to announce that the next build of the Batch Posting Service Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics GP (BSPT) is now available for download.

The Batch Posting Service Toolkit provides service procedures to retrieve a list of Batch Numbers for a specified Batch Source and to post the batch for a specified Batch Source and Batch Number.

Use the tool to post newly integrated transaction batches real time using calls from Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools or as a Service Based Architecture (SBA) Web Service (for v14.0 or later).

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#VSIT Visual Studio Integration Toolkit build 12 released


David Meego - Click for blog homepageIMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL USERS OF VISUAL STUDIO INTEGRATION TOOLKIT

This article is to announce a new build of the Visual Studio Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics GP (VSIT) is now available for download.

This new build coincides with the change in ordering and support for Visual Studio Integration Toolkit. From now on, Winthrop Development Consultants is handling all distribution and support for Visual Studio Integration Toolkit directly. Mekorma will no longer be involved with this free product.

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Demonstration Video


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThanks to Kim Peterson from Dynamics Connections, I am pleased to release a new video demonstration of Winthrop Development Consultants’ GP Power Tools (build 23).

Watch to learn why every Microsoft Dynamics GP site globally should have GP Power Tools and why many partners now install GP Power Tools as part of their standard installation.

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#GPUGSummit Developers at GPUG Summit


David Meego - Click for blog homepageHey Developers… Are you attending the GPUG Summit 2017 conference in Nashville, Tennessee in October? If so, this article is to let you know about Microsoft Dynamics GP related Developer content at the conference.

I asked why there was not much content for developers at GPUG Summit and I was told that there are not many developers in attendance. I disagreed and requested a session for Developers, which Bob McAdam promptly organised … thanks Bob. 🙂

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I am off to #ReigniteGP 2017 in Gauteng, South Africa


David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast night I boarded an airplane from Perth, Western Australia heading to Johannesburg, South Africa.

When this article is published, I will be somewhere flying over the Indian Ocean with a couple more hours before landing.

I am going to the ReigniteGP 2017 conference in Gauteng, Johannesburg and will spend a week with the South African Microsoft Dynamics GP community.

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VST Controls by Envisage Software


David Meego - Click for blog homepageFrom the team that brought you Friday Funny: I Want My MVP.

From the developers of PostMaster…. comes an amazing new customisation tool….

Yes, Andrew Dean from Envisage Software along with Steve Endow MVP from Precipio Services have been busy working away on some really cool technology for Visual Studio Tools developers and have just released it as a free tool.

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#VSIT Why does Visual Studio Integration Toolkit need registration?


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI recently received feedback about Visual Studio Integration Toolkit complaining that the tool requires registration for each customer site it is being used at.

I wanted to take an opportunity to respond to the feedback with some history and facts about the product that will explain why it now requires registration.

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#VSIT Visual Studio Integration Toolkit build 11 released


David Meego - Click for blog homepageFor the Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP developers out there, I am pleased to announce that the next build of the Visual Studio Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics GP (VSIT) is now available for download.

The Visual Studio Integration Toolkit was previously known as Menus for Visual Studio Tools (MVST), which was discontinued in October 2014. If you are still using the previous product, please upgrade to the supported product.

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#BPST Batch Posting Service Toolkit build 6 released


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am pleased to announce that the next build of the Batch Posting Service Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics GP (BSPT) is now available for download.

The Batch Posting Service Toolkit provides service procedures to retrieve a list of Batch Numbers for a specified Batch Source and to post the batch for a specified Batch Source and Batch Number.

It is designed to be used to post newly integrated batches of transactions real time and can be called via Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools or as a Service Based Architecture (SBA) Web Service (for v14.0 or later).

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