David MeegoYou may has seen that Microsoft Dynamics GP v10.00 Service Pack 4 will include a number of new features to the Extender product.

Please see the information on blog posts on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog and US Microsoft Dynamics GP Field Team blog:

What we are getting is more of the features from eOne Integrated Business Solutions's eXtender product.  Lots of cool features that go way beyond the additional custom fields offered by Extender Standard.

The big difference is that Extender can now create totally independent windows. You can create an entire vertical application based on a set of Extender windows. It can have work-flows which generate transactions based on Extender data. Where previously, you needed to develop customizations using Dexterity or Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP, you can now configure the Extender windows as desired without any development.

So do we still need tools like Modifier with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Dexterity and Visual Studio Tools?

The answer is yes.  While Extender can easily allow the additional windows to be created, it cannot change an existing window and cannot change the behaviour of existing code. It also cannot go beyond the basic functionality of data storage and generating specific transactions.

Extender is a great tool that can definitely speed up and simplify the process of adding simple windows to Microsoft Dynamics GP.  However, other tools will still be needed for more complex integrations.

As mentioned before on this blog, a hybrid approach using Extender in conjunction with the other tools might be the best approach. Get Extender to do what it does and then use another tool to do the bits Extender cannot do.

Note: It is not recommended to attempt to modify or customize Extender windows.

David