Dianne Siebold's WebLog

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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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    Viewing a Minidump File in XP

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    Recently, I have been experiencing hard crashes on my computer, which I have been using for over two years now. What happens is that I see a flash of blue screen and then my system reboots. After the inital shock, panic, and trying to remember what files...
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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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    Getting Error Details in AIF

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    It’s hard to believe, but sometimes things don’t work as expected when integrating external systems with AX. When an error occurs during data exchange using AIF, the caller sees a generic “request failed” error. You can see the detailed error message...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Import Credit Card Transactions for Expense Mgmt

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    This post is from the “too helpful not to share” file. I received this information recently on how to import credit card transactions for expense management in Dynamics AX 2009. To set up importing of credit card transactions into expense management...
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    AIF Top Ten

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    AIF Top 10 in Dynamics AX 2009 You’ve probably already heard that the release of the new version – Dynamics AX 2009 – is on the horizon. For those of you who are using AIF or are planning to use it, the next version has some great features. ...
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    AIF Code Samples Available for Download

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    I have posted some AIF code samples on the MSDN Code Gallery that demonstrate calling a service class from X++. AIF - Calling the Customer Service in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 This code sample demonstrates how to call the customer service from X+...
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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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    AIF XML Samples

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    I often see requests for samples of XML messages, for example, a sample message containing query criteria. There are a few resources available to help you format inbound AIF messages. AIF Samples - There are AIF samples available on PartnerSource ...
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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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    Rec Fields Required in AIF Partial Update

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    I was included in an e-mail thread recently that discussed what fields are needed in a partial update. To make a long story short, you need the _DocumentHash field as well as the RecId and RecVersion fields for each entity being updated. Partial...
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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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    Update on the Dynamics AX SDK Team

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    The Dynamics AX SDK team is responsible for the product developer documentation. Lately, I have been getting the word out about what the SDK team has been doing lately and catch up anyone who's interested on what’s new with the developer documentation...
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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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    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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    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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    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 Training Links

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    Training isn’t necessarily my bailiwick, but I recently came across some Microsoft Dynamics AX training links that I thought would be useful. These aren't new links, just thought I’d aggregate and post them. Audience Link ...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Services White Paper

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    At long last, a white paper about implementing new services and best practices for developers has been published. This document is chock-full of helpful tips for developers that are creating services in AX 2009. Running the AIF Document Service...
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