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    What did you read during the holidays?

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    For years I had been planning to read Steve McConnell's Code Complete. It is one of these books that constantly is quoted. I remember the technical lead in Damgaard's early days had a copy of the book, he often referred to it, but didn't promote it within the organization. So last spring during a 10 week paternity leave, I read the whole thing, cover-to-cover. The only thing I regret is that I didn't do it earlier.

    This holiday season I planned a quick read-through of one of Steve McConnell's other works: Rapid Development. This book was published in 1996, and I expected the contents to be somewhat outdated by more recent development methodologies. However, Rapid Development is not another methodology, it is "just" a bible of common sense that can be applied during software development to achieve rapid (as in fast, speedy, not slow) development. I'm now half way through the book, and I find myself looking forward to opening the book each night. I've also caught my self rereading some of the paragraphs, not because they are poorly written, or because I'm half asleep, but because they are oh-so-true! This book deserves more than a quick skim, even in 2007.

    If you ever are going to write a single line of code, you must read: Code Complete.

    If you ever are going to manage, lead, or hire someone to do a software project, you must read: Rapid Development. 

    If this was true for all the people I interact with, my life would be so much more fun. I cannot recommend these books any clearer.

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    The winner of the crossword puzzle!

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    Congratulations to Junior Alonso Aguilar Meléndez from Costa Rica.

    A signed copy of "Inside Dynamics AX 4.0" is on its way.

     

     

     

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    Dynamics AX 4.0 SP1 Loc is available

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    You can now download the localized version of 4.0 SP1. It supports the following 32 countries/regions:

    Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and Turkey.

    You can download it from Partner Source:
    https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/downloads/servicepack/ax40sp1_download.htm

    And from Customer Source:
    https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/support/downloads/servicepacks/ax40sp1_download.htm

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    Holiday season crossword - final day!

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    If you still haven't participated in the crossword challenge you can still make it. Today is the final day of entry - tomorrow I'll be drawing the winner.

    I will of course use X++ to help me find the winner. I will generate a random number (n), and winner will be n'th reply in my Outlook mail folder containing the right responses. Here is the code I'll use (Yes, I've received 33 responses so far):

        #define.NumberOfResponses(33)
        RandomGenerate random = RandomGenerate::construct();
        ;
        random.parmSeed(TextBuffer::strHashKey(guid2str(newGuid())));
        print random.randomInt(1, #NumberOfResponses);
        pause;

    In many of the replies I've received were expressed how much fun it was to solve this puzzle. I really apprecieate all the comments, and I have a small surprise for you. Try to enter this URL in the help system in Axapta 3.0: "crossword://development".

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

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    Channel9 - AX screencast on Smart customizations

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    The next installment of AX screencasts is now available on Channel9. It is a 30 minute video on Smart customizations in Dynamics AX 4.0.

    Here is the link:

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=267428

    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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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 Implementation Guide

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 Implementation Guide is now available

    This documentation is intended for partners and customers that are working on Microsoft Dynamics AX projects that involve upgrading, installing, configuring, customizing, or deploying to a production environment. Read this guide before you begin your project.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=436cf64c-cd15-4121-a21b-bfef09b9906a&displaylang=en

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    Holiday season X++ Crossword

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    As the holiday season draws nearer, what is more appropriete than giving away a nice prize. To challenge you a bit I've greated a small crossword. In the spirit of AX the crossword is only using X++ system functions - so if you are stuck, you can start up your favorite AX client to get some hints.

    The prize is: One copy of "Inside Dynamics AX" - signed by the authors.

    To participate in the competition:

    1. Solve the crossword below
    2. Arrange the letters in the red boxes into a magic word
    3. Send me the magic word no later than December 20th 2006.

    The winner will be drawn randomly from all correct answers. The winner's name and country will be published on this blog, and I will subsequenty contact the winner for mailing address, so I can send the prize.

    The competition is open to all non-Microsoft-employees. The competition doesn't require any purchase. By submitting an answer, you accept the competition rules. 

    1: Which function deletes all non-alphanumeric characters from the text string specified by text.
    2: Which function converts the time text string specified by text into an integer value.
    3: Which function converts the date specified by date to a text string.
    4: Which function calculates the length of the text string specified by text.
    5: Which function returns the User ID for the current user.
    6: Which function returns the printable name (the label) of the specified field.
    7: Which function returns 1 if arg specifies an ultimo date, 0 otherwise.
    8: Which function converts to a string representing the field name of the field specified.
    9: Which function returns the current value of an annuity.
    10: Which function returns the date in the previous year which corresponds most closely to the date specified by date.
    11: Which function removes the characters specified in text2 from the text string specified by text1.
    12: Which function returns the number of intervals for the given period.
    13: Which function returns the fractional part of the argument decimal.
    14: Which function returns the real starting date (the normalized date) for the period.
    15: Which function returns the date in the following quarter which corresponds most closely to the date specified by date.
    16: Which function returns the date which corresponds to the specified number of days since 01\01\1901.
    17: Which function returns a null container.
    18: Which function converts the decimal number specified by number to a text string.
    19: Which function calculates the contribution ratio, based on the sales price specified by sale and the purchase price specified by purchase.
    20: Which function returns the current time on the computer system.
    21: Which function converts to a string representing form if it is an existing form.
    22: Which function returns the constant depreciation amount for the specified asset for each period of the asset's life.
    23: Which function returns the lesser of the two figures specified by figure1 and figure2.
    24: Which function returns the absolute value of figure.
    25: Which function returns the hyperbolic cosine of argument arg.
    26: Which function calculates the future value of an investment.
    27: Which function expresses the natural logarithm of the decimal figure specified by figure.
    28: Which function returns the percentual increase of the amount specified by amount.
    29: Which function returns the arc cosine of the argument arg.
    30: Which function returns the sine of the argument x.
    31: Which function converts all letters to lower case in the text string specified by text.
    32: Which function returns the cosine of argument arg.
    33: Which function calculates the year which contains the date specified by date.

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    Channel9 - AX screencast on 3-tier development

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    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:

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=259048

    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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    Building a layer file from XPO files

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    Updated 30-06-2012 official beta version available here: http://informationsource.dynamics.com/RFPServicesOnline/Rfpservicesonline.aspx?ToolName=Microsoft+Dynamics+AX+2012+Combine+XPO+Tool+Beta+1.0

    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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    TechEd 2006 count down

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    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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