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Microsoft Dynamics GP Development Tools. Ask The Experts:. Presenter: Mariano Gomez MIS, MCITP, PMP, MVP. Objectives. Introduction and overview Utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP Development Tools Modifier with Microsoft ® Visual Basic ® for applications Microsoft ® Dexterity

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microsoft dynamics gp development tools

Microsoft Dynamics GP Development Tools

Ask The Experts:

Presenter: Mariano Gomez

MIS, MCITP, PMP, MVP

objectives
Objectives
  • Introduction and overview
  • Utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP Development Tools
  • Modifier with Microsoft® Visual Basic® for applications
  • Microsoft® Dexterity
  • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics® GP
  • Extender
  • Compare and contrast development tools
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rules of engagement
Rules of Engagement
  • No question is silly
  • Ask about a project you are working on
  • Ask about a project your development team is working on
  • If we don’t know something we WILL get back to you
  • Come to our Deep Dive session on Tools!
utilizing microsoft dynamics gp development tools
Utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP Development Tools
  • Modifier with Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications
  • Microsoft® Dexterity
  • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics® GP
  • Need to follow UI design standards
understanding the audience
Understanding the Audience
  • Who has not worked with any of the UI customization tools?
  • Who has worked with Modifier & VBA?
  • Who has worked with Dexterity?
  • Who has worked with Visual Studio Tools?
  • Who has worked with Extender?
  • Who has worked with more than one tool?
  • Who has worked with more than one tool on a single project?
hybrid development
Hybrid Development
  • Historically, we used to promote Cross Dictionary Dexterity development as the leading edge of Microsoft Dynamics® GP development
  • Now, the way to go is Hybrid Development
  • Not just finding the best tool for the job, but finding the best tool for each part of the job
  • Even if it means using multiple tools for a solution
dexterity
Dexterity
  • Developers’ tool
  • Same environment and language as the Microsoft Dynamics GP client is developed in
  • Can create seamless integrations
  • Can access tables and business logic (functions and procedures)
  • Can modify core Microsoft Dynamics windows only
  • Can develop cross-dictionary code
visual studio tools
Visual Studio Tools
  • Developers’ tool
  • Allows .NET Developers to use C# or VB.NET to integrate with Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Can create new forms with similar UI
  • Use Modifier to change existing forms
  • Can work from User Interface events
  • Can call most underlying business logic
  • Can access existing tables directly
  • Cannot work with existing reports
modifier with vba
Modifier with VBA
  • Tool for Power Users, Partner Consultants, and sometimes Developers
  • Can automate the user interface
  • Can add additional business rules
  • Can modify windows in any product
  • Can reference system dialogs
  • Can work with reports
  • Limited access underlying business logic
extender
Extender
  • Power Users’ or Partner Consultants’ Tool
  • Can add additional User Defined Fields to any window
  • Uses additional window
  • Cannot modify original window
  • From v10.0 SP4 onwards Extender can now create entire new forms
  • Uses complex data storage system
compare and contrast tools
Compare and Contrast Tools
  • Use the best tool for the job
  • Different tools have different strengths and weaknesses
  • Don’t be afraid to use multiple tools
  • Hybrid solutions can achieve more
  • There is no wrong solution if it works
links
Links
  • Developing for Dynamics GP Blog (by David Musgrave & the Developer Support Team)
    • http://blogs.msdn.com/DevelopingForDynamicsGP/
  • The Dynamics GP Blogster blog (by Mariano Gomez)
    • http://dynamicsgpblogster.blogspot.com/
links1
Links
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Center
    • http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/gp/default.aspx
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 White Paper: Choosing a Development Tool
    • http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a5b6c523-0add-48fd-9deb-2c0ef39b5673&displaylang=en
links2
Links
  • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc543538.aspx
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Questions and Answers
  • Contact Presenter

Mariano Gomez,

mgomez@IntellPartners.com