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  • Blog Post: The Anomaly of the XMLport Request Page

    The user interface of the XMLport has always been somewhat of a black swan. On the classic platform it was absent and you had to work around it yourself. With the emerge of the windows client (RTC) we did get a request page as one of the incentives for us to start adopting the 3-tier technology. And...
  • Blog Post: Is MESSAGE halting my process?

    Only this week I found out that we lost some standard behavior of the MESSAGE function, on the road to NAV's new 3-tier architecture. Anybody noticed? CONFIRM vs. MESSAGE Most probably you know perfectly well that a CONFIRM and MESSAGE are functionally not quite the same. One has a Yes and...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Create a One-Page Matrix by Example #2

    Using the step-by-step recipe , and basing on our first example , I have build another example One-Page for the following requirements: Customer Spending by Period: Display the total amount for each period (type, i.e. day, week, month, quarter, year, accounting period) what each of our customers...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Create a One-Page Matrix by Example

    Using the step-by-step recipe I have build a example One-Page matrix based on the following requirements: Customer/Item Spending: Display the total amount for each item what each of our customers has in order. Basically this line already reveals the design of our matrix: Display the total...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Create a One-Page Matrix

    Last week I conducted a NAV Development update to the development team of a Dutch NAV partner. One of the topics we touched was the One-Page Matrix introduced in NAV 2009 SP1. The What's New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Service Pack 1 - Installation and Development manual contains a lab that let's...
  • Blog Post: Where the <beep> is the Website Data Sources pane?

    I know, I am not the most experienced RDLC report builder around, and not a hard core Visual Studio user, except for using it is as my client for accessing TFS. Nevertheless I thought I knew my way with VS. Until this time when picking up RDLC report design and opening a RDLC layout in VS 2008, wanting...
  • Blog Post: Object Renaming Does Not Update Object Metadata

    While preparing myself for teaching a NAV Development class in over 8 years I stumbled across this issue various times. As the topic was already on my possible-subjects-to-blog-about list for so long it's clearly time now to write it. So what's this about? Never noticed that when you have...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Match Date Formats on Classic and RDLC Report Versions - A Useful Tip from 1CF

    Having troubles getting dates matched on hybrid reports (needing to run both on CC and RTC)? Well we did, or actually 1ClickFactory developers did when converting a bunch of our reports. On this matter they recently posted this tip that might be of help to you too: Matching Date Formats on Classic...
  • Blog Post: Copying Data from NAV using Windows Clipboard - RTC vs. CC

    For one time analysis of data in NAV I always take the quick and easy route of copying data from NAV to Excel using the windows clipboard. Running the relevant table(s) from Object Designer, copy (preferably) all records and paste the whole bulk into an Excel sheet. It can take some time depending on...
  • Blog Post: Caption Selection Mechanism on CC and RTC

    Recently I came across the following issue on RTC: Build a Page containing only captions for local language (let's say DEU) Run RTC in local language Open the page Local Language Everything is shown OK like in the following screen shot. All UI string (captions) are in DEU, which...
  • Blog Post: Selecting a Check Box for Dummies

    I still recall the annoyance one of the first times I was going on the Internet having to enter some data, or more specifically having to select a check box. I was clicking on the label text next to it, but nothing happened. Having been raised on a Fat Mac (512 KB internal memory!) I was used to select...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Reset User-Specified Settings

    Being part of the Zetadocs Express beta program I ran into some strange issue that eventually could to be blamed to my Outlook installation. In tackling the issue I got great and professional support from the guys from Equisys. And, indeed never to old to learn , I picked up something new: resetting...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Add to Navigation Pane

    Like me, you might have been watching the RoleTailoring Microsoft Dynamics NAV recordings I pointed to some weeks ago and although most of it was very familiar "Laurel & Hardy"did surprise me with some tricks I hadn't known so far. Of course next to the fact that I value this recordings...
  • Blog Post: Why is dynamically hidden column still shown visible in Customize This Page?

    Some might have read my recent mibuso post on this topic. Thought it worthwhile to share it here too, with some additions to it. And also add it to my list of undocumented features . Did you ever notice this? When you dynamically hide a column - i.e. by means of code - like described in various...
  • Blog Post: RoleTailoring Microsoft Dynamics NAV - some useful video recording

    I was pointed at some useful recordings on the Dynamics NAV ERP channel on you-tube about Role-Tailoring Dynamics NAV 2009. Thought it might be of interested to you, your colleagues or even your customer. Who and how Good content for the Role Center Efficient navigation Minimize keystrokes...
  • Blog Post: Why is Maximize missing on RUNMODAL page?

    My colleague consultant did pose this question this morning. Or actually he was expressing a disappointment both he and a customer were sharing that apparently any page activated through various line actions do open a page without the Minimize / Maximize buttons on the top right corner of the window...
  • Blog Post: RTC Actions and Images - What to use?

    Yesterday I took over some bugs from one of my colleagues. Among them one reporting an anomaly on page 30. Have a look: OK, hardly to be called a bug, but I have to agree with the bug reporter that it doesn't really look fancy, this quintet of those well known black pool balls. [For those...
  • Blog Post: Jorrit's Tip

    On May 19th the Dutch Dynamics Community gathered for their third event hosting parallel two sessions. One on RTC Reporting, by Willem Zijderveld , GAC, and the other on SQL Performance, by Ludo Van den Ende , SQL Perform. Downloads for both can be found here . In this post my short (personal) resume...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Express #3: Developing RDLC Reports

    Wow, almost a month has passed since I wrote my last post here. A month full of work, among others taking our first steps in SCRUM planning. A spring month that felt like summer, spending a week in France cutting trees and, oops, cutting myself - don't worry, I am still there! So I am here again...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Make Sure Your Pages Can Be Translated

    As with Forms, an essential part of the Pages we build are the informational labels displayed. At MS we tend to call them in short UI strings . For the majority of pages these labels, including their (textual) content, are inherited from the table fields they are bounded to. However some parts of a Page...
  • Blog Post: BaIS #3: Pages and Controls with Duplicate IDs

    Today we ran into some strange behavior of NAV pages. It all started with the following error message when my colleague Paul opened PAG42 (Sales Order): Impressive, isn't it? After various detours we found out that this page had a duplicate of the following ActionGroup: Error on Duplicate...
  • Blog Post: What To Think of This? - A Tester's Nightmare

    The other day I had the task to customize the Import Budget from Excel and Export Budget to Excel batch jobs. To incorporate changes made in Financial Management as part of a major add-on we are building. Although the add-on is directly implemented for RTC, I decided to first get the batch job working...
  • Blog Post: Second DDC Event Has Passed

    SoWeGatheredInThe VeluweHal InBarneveld. AsOurHostForTheEveningMarkWelcomedUsAll(PICTURE1). AndAfterSomeCommunicationFromTheBoard MSFTArneDeBooijGaveHisPresentationOnRoleBasedThinkingAndWorking(PICTURE2&3). AndThenItWasMy(NOPICTURE)AndArend-Jans(PICTURE4)TurnToPresentTheDeveloperUpdatesInR2. You...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Zoom into Background Data on RTC

    I guess for all of us NAV pros Ctrl+F8 is one of those tools in our daily work that can be reckoned indispensable. Confronted with a record containing some mysterious data how often by default do we press this magic key combination to have a look at what's behind. About This Page Only late...
  • Blog Post: Command Prompt Arguments for NAV 2009 RTC

    Ever seen this screen? Me neither; until yesterday during an internal NAV Finance training session lead by my colleagues Ria Groen and Adriaan Holleman. Thanx guys! How to evoke it? On command prompt type: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\60\RoleTailored Client\Microsoft.Dynamics...