#GPPT Iterating through a Dexterity Scrolling Window

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOver a year ago, October 2020 to be exact, I mentioned on a forum post that I have finally worked out how to cycle through a scrolling window using Dexterity code.

Being able to perform an action for each line in a scrolling window has been something that Microsoft Dynamics GP developers have been trying to do since VBA was added to version 4.0 of GP and Visual Studio Tools was added to version 9.0 of GP.

I promised I would blog about this technique … so read on for the details.

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Java Log4J Vulnerability

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOver the last few days I have received a number of requests for clarification of the status of Winthrop Development Consultants’ products and whether they are at risk from the Java Log4J vulnerability that has been in the news recently.

The short answer is no.

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#GPPT GP Power Tools User Feedback

David Meego - Click for blog homepageBack in August 2006, while at Microsoft, I started development on a Dexterity based tool designed to use programmatic control Dexterity logging and table based triggers to capture three logs leading up to a non reproducible data error occurring in the tables. This was build 1 of the MBS Support Debugging Tool.

In September 2008, the renamed Support Debugging Tool (SDT) build 9 was released to the GP partner and customer community for them to use and help support their Microsoft Dynamics GP systems. For the next 6 years, I continued to work on the SDT pet project (builds 10 to 19) in my own time as it was not officially part of my role at Microsoft.

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K2A Days and GPUC 2021 Sponsor Video

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWinthrop Development Consultants are proud to be one of the sponsors of the K2A Days & GPUC event running in Fargo, North Dakota, USA (the home of Microsoft Dynamics GP) this week.

The event is hosted by Implementation Specialists and for the first two days focusses on Key2Act (formerly Wennsoft) customers with the final three days covering everything Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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K2A Days and GPUC 2021 starts this week

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWinthrop Development Consultants are proud to be one of the sponsors of the K2A Days & GPUC event running this week in Fargo, North Dakota (the home of Microsoft Dynamics GP) and virtually.

The event is hosted by Implementation Specialists and for the first two days focusses on Key2Act (formerly Wennsoft) customers with the final three days covering everything Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP – October 2021 has released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP was released yesterday and it contains many new features and bug fixes. Winthrop Development Consultants has already updated its products for this Microsoft Dynamics GP – October 2021 release. They are now built against the final build and so are no longer beta builds (except for GP Power Tools which has a new build 29 coming soon).

Check out the previous article for more information:

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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 Microsoft Dynamics GP v18.4 ISV Pre-release installers now available

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAwesome News.

This morning (Perth Time) I had an email from Terry Heley from Microsoft with a link to a pre-release (very early alpha) of the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP version 18.4 (October 2021) release. This download is provided to the ISV community to help them prepare for the final code when it is released.

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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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#GPPT GP Power Tools Build 28.9 hotfix released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs I am still working on the next major build of GP Power Tools, I have decided to release another hotfix build with some changes I wanted to get out sooner rather than later. This hotfix build includes a few fixes and minor enhancements to help the developer community who are really starting to adopt GP Power Tools as a replacement for VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

It is highly recommended that all sites running GP Power Tools install the latest code on all workstation and servers where Microsoft Dynamics GP is installed.

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#GPPT Preventing Inserting and Deleting of Sales Transaction Lines

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI was recently asked how to use GP Power Tools to prevent users from Inserting or Deleting lines from the Sales Transaction Entry (SOP_Entry) window.

It is a really simple customization so I thought I would post it as a sample for your reference.

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#GPPT Setting up GP Power Tools in a Development Environment

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI was recently asked by my good friend and fellow MVP, Jen Kuntz, about how to best get GP Power Tools running in a Development Environment.

GP Power Tools (GPPT) stores all of its settings and data in tables in the System Database on SQL Server, however, it writes all of its logs and saved files to a shared logging folder. When moving GP to a development environment, you would probably want to change this logging folder to a different location.

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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 GP Power Tools Build 28.8 hotfix released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI had not planned on another hotfix for build 28 of GP Power Tools, but I had some fantastic enhancements that I wanted to get into the product and released to the users so they can use the improved development capabilities and functionality.

It is highly recommended that all sites running GP Power Tools install the latest code on all workstation and servers where Microsoft Dynamics GP is installed.

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