mfp's two cents

...on Dynamics AX Development!

November, 2006

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    Building a layer file from XPO files


    Updated 30-06-2012 official beta version available here:

    Updated 14-01-2011 to support UniCode XPO files. Notice the change in parameters.

    So now you are using version control - and you just realized the master is no longer the AOD layer file, but instead a zillion of XPO files. Still you want to provide an AOD file to your consumers, as that is the way to deploy an AX application.

    Page 96 in Inside Dynamics AX 2009 contains a description on how to build an AOD file from XPO files. In this section an SDK and a tool are mentioned. While we are working on providing you with the SDK for building a layer file, I can make the CombineXPOs.exe tool available.

    See the attached file.

    Usage: CombineXPOs.exe -XpoDir XPOfolder -CombinedXpoFile DestinationFile.xpo -utf8

    Example: CombineXPOs.exe -XpoDir USR -CombinedXpoFile myFile.xpo

    Files in the XPOFolder folder must match the AOT structure. This is automatically ensured when using AX version control integration.

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.




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    Channel9 - AX screencast on 3-tier development


    The second installment of AX screencasts is now available on Channel9. It is a 34 minute video on 3-tier development in Dynamics AX 4.0.

    Here is the link:

    Over the coming months I plan to create more screencasts on general development topics in Dynamics AX. If there are any specific topics you would like a screencast to cover, please let me know.

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    TechEd 2006 count down


    I can't believe it - Tech-Ed 2006 is next week!


    Browsing through the session catalog brings back the excitement from previous years. And this year the contents are even more exciting with all the product launches happening: IE7, Vista, Office 2007 - just to mention a few.

    You may also have noticed that the number of Dynamics sessions this year is limited.  However, I will be hosting a session with Arvid Nielsen Friday November 10th at 15:15:

    MBS303 - New Features in MorphX and Integration Possibilities
    This session addresses how to make customizations that are robust, easy to upgrade and easy to test. This includes new features in the development environment and various ways to make integrations with other applications.

    If you are attending Tech-Ed and have Dynamics AX questions, concerns, proposals, idea, or similar (preferably of a technical nature) you can contact me through the Ask The Expert network.

    I will also be available for a less formal chat on the Dynamics AX Booth in the Exhibition Area.

    See you in the city of Gaudi!

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