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Microsoft Dynamics GP: Installing Analysis Cubes

by Christopher Liley | May 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

To celebrate the recent publication of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting book, Packt is pleased to announce a series of attractive discounts on our wide range of Dynamics books. For more information click here.

The installation of Analysis Cubes for Excel is actually a quite simple product to install, but it is also very dependent on having the proper permissions to perform the installation as well as completing steps in a particular order. The installation process is made up of the following three steps, which we'll cover in this article by Christopher Liley, author of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting:

  • Pre-Installation Checklist
  • Installing the Server Configuration Wizard
  • Using the Server Configuration Wizard to Deploy the Cubes
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Microsoft Dynamics GP: Understanding Reporting Tools

by Christopher Liley | May 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

To celebrate the recent publication of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting book, Packt is pleased to announce a series of attractive discounts on our wide range of Dynamics books. For more information click here.

As more and more reporting tools are made available for Enterprise Resource Planning tools such as Dynamics GP, it becomes more of a challenge for us to select the right tool for a given circumstance. Every organization has a unique set of requirements when it comes to analyzing its data, and our goal should be to ensure that we select the right tool to meet those requirements.

In this article by Christopher Liley, author of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting, we will take a look at reviewing our reporting tools in light of reporting challenges.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Development Tools

by David A. Studebaker | September 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The key goal of this article by David Studebaker, author of Programming Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, is to gain an overall view of NAV as an application software system. We're not going to study its functional operation, but gain a basic understanding of the process flow of the system. We also want to have a good understanding of the structural "style" of the software, so that our enhancements are designed for a better fit.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009: Apply reverse engineering to customize our application

by Mark Brummel | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is a very complete ERP package, but unlike other ERP packages it has a design capable of providing an open structure and a development platform. The idea is to provide 80% of the solution out of the box and allow the other 20% to be designed by qualified business application developers.

In this first article of the three part article series, by, Mark Brummel, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Application Design, we will learn :

  • how to to reverse engineer the standard application to look and learn how it works
  • how to reuse the structures in our own solutions.
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009: Creating a Matrix Form

by Matt Traxinger | October 2010 | Cookbooks Microsoft

This article series by Matt Traxinger, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Programming Cookbook, shows you how to create displays that will allow your users to interact with the data.

A matrix shows information from multiple tables at the same time. This article will show you how to create a matrix that shows the amount a customer has spent on specific items.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009: Creating a Wizard-style Form

by Matt Traxinger | October 2010 | Cookbooks Microsoft

This article series by Matt Traxinger, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Programming Cookbook, shows you how to create displays that will allow your users to interact with the data.

A wizard is a form that steps you through specific sections using Next and Back buttons. Here we will show you how to design a form which will do exactly that.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009: Designing Forms

by Matt Traxinger | October 2010 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Forms are a predominant visual element in Dynamics NAV. They allow the user to view, insert, modify, and delete data from the tables in the database. Forms also allow the user to initiate events that perform actions on that data.

This article series by Matt Traxinger, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Programming Cookbook, shows you how to create displays that will allow your users to interact with the data. You will learn how to create several different types of forms including matrixes and wizards and to customize its look and feel.

In this four-part article series, we will cover:

  • Designing Forms
  • Creating a matrix form
  • Creating a wizard-style form
  • Updating Parent and Subform
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009: Using the journals and entries in a custom application

by Mark Brummel | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is a very complete ERP package, but unlike other ERP packages it has a design capable of providing an open structure and a development platform. The idea is to provide 80% of the solution out of the box and allow the other 20% to be designed by qualified business application developers.

In the first part of the three part article series we have learned how to apply reverse engineering to customize our application

In this article, by Mark Brummel, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Application Design we will learn:

  • how Journals and Ledger entries work throughout the system
  • how to create your own Journal application.
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV: Customizing Relationship Management

by Mark Brummel | May 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is a very complete ERP package, but unlike other ERP packages it has a design capable of providing an open structure and a development platform. The idea is to provide 80% of the solution out of the box and allow the other 20% to be designed by qualified business application developers.

Relationship Management software is a typical result of what ERP applications have achieved. Relationship management has been part of Microsoft Dynamics since version 2.0 and was dramatically changed and improved in version 3.0. The current Microsoft Dynamics NAV RM software is mostly the same as in that version except for the Microsoft Outlook integration that keeps changing in every version. In this article by Mark Brummel, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Application Design, we will take a look at customizing relationship management.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV: Diagnosing Code Problems

by Matt Traxinger | May 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

To celebrate the recent publication of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting book, Packt is pleased to announce a series of attractive discounts on our wide range of Dynamics books. For more information click here.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is a business management solution that helps simplify and streamline highly specialized business processes such as finance, manufacturing, customer relationship management, supply chains, analytics, and electronic commerce for small and medium-sized enterprises. ERP systems like NAV thus become the center of a company's day-to- day operations. When you learn to program in an environment like this, it opens up doors to many other exciting areas such as .NET programming, SQL Server, and Web Services.

In this article by Matt Traxinger, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Programming Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Using the debugger
  • Setting breakpoints
  • Using Code Coverage
  • Handling runtime errors
  • Using Client Monitor to diagnose problems
  • Finding errors when using NAS
  • Implementing Try / Catch / Finally
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV: OS Integration

by Matt Traxinger | October 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Matt Traxinger, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Programming Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Using HYPERLINK to open external files
  • Working with environment variables
  • Using SHELL to run external applications
  • Browsing for a file
  • Browsing for a folder
  • Checking file and folder access permissions
  • Querying the registry
  • Zipping folders and files within NAV
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Microsoft Enterprise Library: Authorization and Security Cache

by Sachin Joshi | December 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In the previous article, Microsoft Enterprise Library: Security Application Block, we saw an overview of the Security Application block in Microsoft Enterprise Library.

In this article by Sachin Joshi, author of Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0, you will:

  • Be introduced to Authorization Providers such as Authorization Rule Provider and AzMan Authorization Provider
  • Be introduced to the Security Cache Provider
  • Learn to save user Identity in cache and obtain a temporary token for an Authenticated User
  • Learn to retrieve a token from cache and authenticate user
  • Learn to terminate a User session by expiring cached identity
  • Learn to implement a custom authorization provider
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Microsoft Enterprise Library: Security Application Block

by Sachin Joshi | December 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Security is of prime importance for any application, especially enterprise applications where the business impact is potentially high. At the very core, security is a two step mechanism.

In this article by Sachin Joshi, author of Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0, you will be introduced to the Security Application Block.

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Microsoft Forefront UAG Building Blocks

by Erez Ben-Ari Ran Dolev | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Just as we like to organize everything in life into containers, UAG also does the same. The primary organizational units in UAG are called "trunks", and in those we create (or "publish") applications, and we can also group them in folders too.

In this article by Erez Ben-Ari and Ran Dolev, authors of the book Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Administrator's Handbook, we will take a look at:

  • Trunks and applications and their types
  • URL signing and how does it work
  • Designing your trunks, applications, and nesting
  • DNS name resolution
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Microsoft Forefront UAG: Preparing, Creating, and Publishing an HTTPS Trunk

by Erez Ben-Ari Ran Dolev | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Just as we like to organize everything in life into containers, UAG also does the same. As a user of Microsoft products, you are probably used to files or programs that are grouped together within folders and which are stored on hard drives (or hard drive partitions). With UAG, there's one little difference, the primary organizational units are called "Trunks", and in those we create (or "publish") applications, and we can also group them in folders too.

In the previous article by Erez Ben-Ari and Ran Dolev, authors of the book Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Administrator's Handbook, we discussed UAG's building blocks—Trunks and Applications.

In this article we will see how to prepare, create and publish an HTTPS Trunk.

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Microsoft LightSwitch Application using SQL Azure Database

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | August 2010 | Microsoft Web Development

Microsoft LightSwitch is the latest standalone product from Microsoft belonging to the Visual Studio suite of products. It is expressly targeted to tech savvy but non-programmers (hobbyists) to develop line of business applications using Microsoft Databases or other sources. This is a new game plan by Microsoft to catch a wider audience as well as encourage them to use its cloud offerings. If priced right and supported well, this may help businesses to develop applications on their own or call in junior level programmers with some knowledge of individual technologies like databases, user interfaces, mouse clicks, window navigation etc.

The LightSwitch Beta 1 was out on August 23rd for the general public while it has been used by MSDN members and Microsoft insiders for couple of months. This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows how you may download and install this program. The article also shows how you may develop a simple database application using this product retrieving data from the Cloud hosted relational database, the SQL Azure.

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Microsoft LightSwitch: Querying and Filtering Data

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | September 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The logic tier of LightSwitch basically starts with a data service that encapsulates all the access to the data source. This tier can host any number of data services exposed as endpoints at the service boundary. Each data service exposes a number of queryable entity sets with operations for querying entities and an operation for submitting changes; add, update, and delete. An entity set contains entities of the same entity type. All operations take place with entity sets whether they are intended for fetching or for making changes to them. If you think of an entity set as an analogue of SQL table you will not be wrong. Just like you take information out of the table, make changes to it and return it to the table, you do likewise with entity sets.

In this article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development, we will take a look at querying a single entity.

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Microsoft LightSwitch: Querying Multiple Entities

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | September 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

A Query is a question you pose to the database so as to retrieve a specific piece of information in the database. The querying in LightSwitch can be best understood by looking at how it is structured. Querying in LightSwitch can be carried out using the built-in Query Designer but more advanced querying can be carried out using code.

This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development, describes the use of the built-in Query Designer in the IDE to query the entities in the data sources.

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MICROSOFT MONDAY

by | January 2011 | Microsoft
 

On Monday 24th January Packt published an unprecedented five new Microsoft books in just one day

To celebrate this special occasion Packt has a special offer on all Packt Microsoft books

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Microsoft Monday Competition

by | January 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Monday Competition

Your chance to win 1 year's free subscription  to PacktLib every Monday!

To enter simply identify which Microsoft Book the jigsaw piece has been taken from

Correct answers will then be entered into a weekly raffle to win 1 year's subscription to PacktLib worth $220

Click here for more information on Microsoft Monday and Packt's Microsoft Books

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, WELL DONE TO OUR WINNERS: Jems Khadgi, Steve Robillard & Cecil du Toit

 

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