While working hard yesterday I came across a post shared on the Book of Face by my friend Denni Conner. It showed the mathematic constant of π (Pi) played as a song and was an interesting approach to try and memorize the sequence of numbers.
The post said it was Pi Day because the date was 3.14 and that the celebrated time was 1:59 PM as that gave the number sequence 3.14159 which is Pi to 5 decimal places and the most that “normal” people can remember. If you can remember more digits that is great, but you are in a minority.
Following on from my recent article, #GPPT Adding Vendor Item Number to SOP Documents, I thought it would be worth showing how we can use GP Power Tools custom Report Writer functions with a SQL Query to obtain any data available from any table on the SQL Server.
To make this happen we are going to combine the Runtime Execute Setup custom RW function code with a SQL script created in SQL Execute Setup. Note that these techniques, which have been available since June 2009, are completely Web Client compatible which makes them even more valuable now.
In my previous post, RW: Using the rw_TableLineString() and rw_TableLineCurrency() Report Writer functions, I mentioned the six report writer functions which can be used by developers to get custom data onto reports.
GP Power Tools takes advantage of these functions to allow the creation of custom Report Writer functions. In fact, this custom report writer function feature has been available since the release of the Support Debugging Tool build 11 in June 2009.
When Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 was released, it included six new global functions specifically added to make life easier for ISVs (Independent Software Vendors).
These six placeholder functions were added so that Dexterity developers could trigger against them and use the functions to get their custom data on to reports without needing to create alternate reports.
I was recently assisting a fellow Dexterity developer to create scripts to automatically create all the Security Tasks and Security Roles for their ISV (Independent Software Vendor) add-on product for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
While they were checking their code in Dexterity Test mode, the security settings for their product never showed up. This was weird as the data appeared to be in the tables and worked when in Runtime mode.
If you have not worked it out by now, based on my series of Tweets, Posts and Status Updates, I am soon heading off on another Epic Trip to the United States of America and Mexico.
I have to leave home at about 3AM on Friday morning to catch my first flight. This is the second Epic Trip following a similar plan to last year’s Epic Trip.
Time to vote.
This is the fifth in a series of blog posts where I will be highlighting Microsoft Connect product suggestions that need the community’s support. If you agree with the product suggestion, please help get as many votes as you can.