Dianne Siebold's WebLog

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    Usability 101 – Don’t Make ‘Em Think

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    Recently, I've come across some good books and articles about usability. When I thought about it, I realized that usability is universal and its principles can be applied by many roles related to software - software developers, business analysts, testers...
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    Dynamics AX 2009 & Communicator – Better Together

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    I just discovered that you can enable integration of AX and communicator such that you can see a contact's status right from within AX. To me this was so cool I couldn't wait to check it out and share the goodness. You can see Communicator presence...
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    T-3 Days

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    The Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference is only three days away. Hope to see you there!
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    New Code Sample for AX 2009

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    'Tis the season for gift giving. And what better gift than sample code. For you AX 2009 techies, we have a new code sample called the Facility Management sample application. Like the Fleet Management sample app, this code is designed to show you the...
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    The Help Guy – Who Knew?!

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    Not me! Within our very own company we have someone that blogs regularly about help files and formats. If you write or integrate content with Dynamics AX help, this could be a handy resource. You can find his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/thehelpguy...
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    Top 10 Reasons to Attend the AX Tech Conference

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    Here are my top 10 reasons to attend the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference . Rub elbows with AX industry luminaries. Or at least bump in to a PM or SDET from the product team. In this conference, the break-out sessions are all highly technical...
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    Process Manufacturing and AX 2009 - New Book

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    For those of you on the business side of Dynamics AX, there's a new book out called Managing Process Manufacturing using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 . Written by Scott Hamilton, this book explains the functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 that supports...
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    Default Location when Saving Attachments in Outlook 2010

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    If you're an Outlook 2010 user, you've probably noticed that when you save an attachment, it brings up some default file location. Then you have to click through to navigate to the folder where you like to save your files. This was really getting me down...
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    Generate a Report of Reports

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    If you have ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I sure wish I had a list of all the reports in my AX installation," then your wait is over. Now you can use this handy report to generate a list all of the reports in your AX 2009 installation. After you...
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    Use X++ to Loop through the AOT

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    Recently, I had a need to loop through the Forms node in the AOT and find any form that had a particular property value. I've seen a lot of examples that show you how to locate nodes in the AOT by name, but not by a property value. So I thought I would...
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    AX 2009 Training in the Pacific Northwest

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    I know many companies are on the lookout for AX training. So I thought I'd share this information that I recently received about some training classes that are being offered by Fine Solutions, a Microsoft partner. To register or find out more information...
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    Your Feedback - We Listen!

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    Before I worked at Microsoft, I rarely filled out surveys or provided my feedback, even when requested. I think this was due to the somewhat misguided idea that I would take the time to give my feedback and then no change would come of it. Since I...
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    AX SDK Team is Hiring!

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    That's right, we're looking for a senior programming writer to add to the team. If you love both programming and writing and have experience in both, this might be the job for you. Click here to view the job posting and submit your resume. The job...
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    Dynamics AX TechNet Has Wiki

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    The Microsoft Dynamics AX TechNet library has been updated so that it now includes the Community Content feature (aka "wiki"). On each page, you’ll now see a Community Content section where anyone can post comments, tips and tricks, and other information...
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    New on the Bookshelf: AX 2009 Development Cookbook

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    Packt Publishing has released yet another AX development book, this one is called Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Development Cookbook . The book contains “recipes” logically grouped into chapters. Each recipe explains the steps you must follow to accomplish...
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    AxAssist - An Assistant for your X++ Editor

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    Anyone who works in the X++ editor knows that it is not what you might call full-featured – especially if you’re used to working in Visual Studio. You might say that it has a quaint austerity, or perhaps a zen-like simplicity. I recently came across...
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    Getting Started with AX Development? A New Book for You

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    There’s a new book about development in Dynamics AX 2009 called Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Programming: Getting Started . The title of this book includes “getting started” and from that perspective, the book delivers. It contains useful information for...
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    “Request Failed” Error in AIF

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    One of the SDETs on our team recently made me aware of a somewhat unintuitive error message that you might receive when sending a message to your AX installation using AIF. In the inbound XML message, the elements must be in alphabetical order. If they...
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    Find User Settings in the SysLastValue Table

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    Throughout AX, data is often saved from forms, classes, and other objects so that when you run those objects again, the user’s last values are pre-populated for you. For example, when you open and close a form, the last location of the form on your screen...
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    Keyboard Shortcuts for AX 2009

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    Recently, I was cleaning out my e-mail and came across a document that contains keyboard shortcuts for AX 2009. I found these shortcuts so handy for my own use, I felt compelled to share. To give credit where it’s due, this document was created by David...
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    AX Tutorials in the AOT

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    I’m always on the lookout for gems of information that might help you AX developers out there. So when I found out about the AX tutorials, my first thought was, How come I’ve never heard of these before? But it’s not always about me, because the thought...
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    AX SDK on MSDN Now Wiki-ized

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    If you're an AX developer, I have some good news: the Dynamics AX 2009 developer documentation on MSDN is now enabled for community content (aka wiki). So now you can post comments, code samples, bug reports, kudos and brickbats on any particular topic...
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    AX Developer Center Extreme Makeover

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    As part of the overall MSDN redesign, the Dynamics AX Developer Center is sporting a new look. The core navigation is still there, but many of the pages have been simplified to make it easier to find what you're looking for. For more information about...
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    Dynamics AX Doc Team at AXUG Summit - Stop By and See Us

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    The Microsoft Dynamics AX Content Publishing team (we write all the AX docs) is holding some roundtables at the AXUG Summit going on right now. Please come by and participate – we’d like to hear your feedback. Here’s the schedule: ...
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    Looking for Dynamics AX 2009 Doc? Look No Further

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    This week is the annual AX User Group Summit 2009 in Chicago. The Dynamics AX Content Publishing team is there, and we have created a compendium of documentation resources for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. In this document you’ll find a list of the...
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