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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Excellent Presentation on SOA & Dynamics AX

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    If you're interested in finding out about how SOA is enabled in Microsoft Dynamics AX, there's an excellent video on the subject. The video is a presentation by Alex Renz, in product planning, and Michael Merz, the PM for AIF. AIF provides the integration...
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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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    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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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SDK Now Online

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    Along with the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, we have made the SDK documentation available on MSDN here . If you look in the tree on the left, you'll see that the 4.0 documentation is still available on MSDN as well. The SDK documentation for...
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    Message Encoding in AIF

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    Recently, I was on a mail thread that elucidated certain aspects of how AIF messages are encoded. So I thought I would share that info here. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the default encoding is UTF-8. You can change the default in the global settings...
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    Guide to AIF Documentation Available

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    After fielding many requests for AIF documentation for both 4.0 and 2009, I put together this handy-dandy reference guide for the AIF documentation. It lists the documentation resources for both versions. When it comes to AIF, there are things that...
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    AIF File Adapter Processing Sequence

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    When you use the AIF file adapter to process messages, you might think that the messages would be processed sequentially in the order they are submitted as determined by the file time stamp (even though the processing is asynchronous). But the file adapter...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX SOA Strategy Interview

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    There was recently a very interesting blog post interview with Lachlan Cash, Senior Product Manager for Dynamics AX. This interview discusses the product SOA strategy, how it has evolved through the different product versions and how it continues to evolve...
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    Automate the AX Checklist

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    Sometimes you stumble upon something that has been around for a long time but you never knew about, so when you do find out about it, it’s like making a whole new discovery. This is how I felt when I found out you could automate the checklist that must...
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    AIF Queries & Schemas: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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    A while back I created this graphic to show the relationship between a document query and the document schema. If you’re new to AIF, this may help you understand the format of the data that flows in and out of AIF through the document services. ...
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    AIF Now Supports Updating & Deleting Data

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 SP2 has just been released. For AIF this means two great things: The AIF framework supports updating and deleting data. There are 15 new document classes. CRUD With the release of SP2, AIF now supports...
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    How to Create and Consume a Service – New AIF Webcast

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    If you’re using Dynamics AX 2009 and are new to services, there’s a new webcast that you’ll want to check out. It’s on Channel 9, and it was done by Sanjay Jain, ISV Architect Evangelist. It gives you the nutshell version of how to: · Create...
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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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    AIF BizTalk Adapter White Paper Updated for 2009

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    The white paper that covers setting up and configuring the BizTalk adapter has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. You can find it here . I wrote the original version of this white paper for 4.0 and one of my colleagues has updated it for the...
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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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    Restart AOS When Service WSDL Contains an Enum

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    I recently heard about an issue in Dynamics AX 2009 when adding a service reference or even a reference to a DLL within the AOT. For instance, if you add a reference to a service, call the service and then receive an error, it may be due to problems with...
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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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    Dynamics AX 4.0 SP2 Released

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    Service Pack 2 for Dynamics AX version 4.0 has just been released. SP2 contains some long-awaited features for AIF in addition to a plethora of bug fixes in all areas of the product. SP2 is available on PartnerSource and CustomerSource . Note that...
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