Dianne Siebold's WebLog

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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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    Limit Outbound Documents in 4.0 (AIF)

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    In Dynamics AX 4.0, there are two AIF actions that support retrieving data from an external system: QueryEntityKeys and QueryDocument . If a request message contains the QueryEntityKeys action, AX returns one ore more entity keys that match the query...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Document History With Many Records

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    An issue was surfaced recently by one of our partners about how to handle the AIF Document History form when there's a large volume of messages being exchanged. For example, if you have an installation that's sending say, 20,000 messages a day, the Document...
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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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    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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    Summer Reading - Dynamics AX Books

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    Traditionally, Summer is a time to catch up on reading. Since the dog days of Summer are now upon us (here in the northern hemisphere), I'd like to draw your attention to some of the Dynamics AX books that are available. There's a full listing on the...
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    Configure AIF for Data Exchange White Paper - Link Correction

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    In a previous post, I listed the PartnerSource and CustomerSource links to the AIF white papers. The link to the white paper about configuring AIF for data exchange was incorrect, so here are the correct links: PartnerSource: https://mbs.microsoft...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Dynamics AX 2009 Book Ships

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    The updated version of Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is now available. Check it out here .
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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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    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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