Developing for Dynamics GP

by David Musgrave (Perth, Australia) and Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Support Team (Fargo, ND, USA)

New Features for Dexterity for GP 2010 R2

New Features for Dexterity for GP 2010 R2

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David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs mentioned in the post Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 - Day 1 Afternoon, there are four new features for Dexterity coming with the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2.

  • An enhanced Names window for selecting dictionary resources.
  • Fixing the Table Buffers window and adding a Dictionary selection to the window.
  • A number of undocumented Table Index related functions are now documented.
  • Support for using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for source code control.

Below are some more details on the main two new features:


Script Editor Names Window Enhancements

In earlier versions of Dexterity, the Names window allowed a developer to quickly find the names of forms, windows, tables, and fields in the dictionary, and add them to scripts. Now the Names window can look up many more types of resources. For forms, the Names window can look up form-level procedures, form-level functions, constants and commands.  For tables, the window can look up keys. The Names window can also look up global procedures, global functions, variables, constants, and reports. Another great feature is the ability to view the components of a composite and select the individual components for use in scripts.

Updated Names window which can be opened from the Script Editor in Dexterity.

Note: This is a tweak that Patrick Roth from the Developer Support team created, which is now part of the core Dexterity product.  Thanks Pat.

Also posted at Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP: Feature of the Day: Script Editor Names Window.


TFS Source Control Provider

For the last 11 years, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) was the only source code control system that integrated seamlessly with Dexterity. However, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe is no longer available. Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the new Microsoft standard for managing a source code repository. With the TFS provider for Dexterity, ISVs can use Team Foundation Server to manage their Dexterity projects. They have the same seamless integration with Dexterity, just like they did for VSS. TFS also integrates seamlessly to Visual Studio, so it can be used to manage other projects like those created with Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Updated Dexterity Source Code Control Service (DSCCS) Control Panel applet.

Also posted at Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP: Feature of the Day: TFS Source Control Provider.


For more information on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2, see the Feature of the Day series of posts on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog.


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