May 09

In Dynamics NAV 2009 RTC you have the new functionality with Notifications. It allows you to create notifications and send them to other users, so it shows up in their “My Notification” on the Role Center. The notifications are actually stored in the “Record Link” table as a BLOB field.

This is a great functionality, but as it is now, you can only see the notes from the My Notifications and the notification fact boxes. In this blog post i will take a look at how you can print these notes in a RTC/RDLC report.

Lets take  closer look at what is stored:

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May 09

You know the hoops you have to jump before you got Visual Studio setup for creating a RTC add-in. Well look no further Christian Abeln published a couple of great templates to use in Visual Studio, that will help you create your add-ins much faster and easier.

Actually he already published tempates back in 2009, as you can find on this link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cabeln/archive/2009/11/16/resources-to-my-add-in-sessions-at-directions-09-in-austin-tx.aspx.

His new updated templates that VS extensions can be downloaded here:

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Apr 11

Looking forward to reading some of the Convergence gossip from Atlanta, i got this link from a friend today. Definitely sounding interesting that Dynamics NAV will be the first Microsoft ERP product supported on the Microsoft Azure platform.

The next major releases of Dynamics AX, GP, NAV and SL will be developed to run on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud development platform that’s been available for a year, Tatarinov said, beginning with the next version of Dynamics NAV that’s due in 2012. The applications will support multi-tenancy, he said.

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Dec 03

While most children are watching the days to christmas, most NAV people are looking forward to December 15th, when the R2 release of Dynamics NAV 2009 is going to be released.

A quick blog scan will give you loads of information about the new features, the hype and what not. But Microsoft also released these hot topic videos covering some of the new features. For some reason i had not seen them until today where they caught my eye on the frontpage of MIBUSO. Thought i would share them with you as a little advent calendar present.

The topics covered are:

.NET Interop, Online Payments Service, What’s new for developers and a general overview.

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Nov 30

Thanks to Microsoft Reporting Services PDF Rendering Extension, all RTC reports can be exported to PDF. At least that is benefit coming back to us, while struggling with the report creations (read post from Alex Chow: How to define Set/GetData).

In order to get the PDF, that gets generated on the service tier, available on the client tier, we need to copy the file from the server to the client tier. The Dynamics NAV team blog have posted a couple interesting articles about how to move files between the tiers. In this article we will put it all together in an easy to understand example that will give you emailing capabilities with PDF attachments.

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Nov 17

This post is a follow up to some of my previous posts about the Send to Word/Excel features of Dynamics NAV. As you know, it uses a stylesheet (xslt file), that is being read into memory and the codeunit 403 inserts values into the document.

This is definitely one of the cool demo features, when presenting NAV. At this point you dont realize that the Cronus logo is hardcoded into the stylesheets, but think it is just using the logo in the Company Information setup.

My previous post gave you some steps on how to change this. But this can be pretty cumbersome to say it at least. So when having to do it for the I dont know what time again, i decided to create a function that could automatically insert the picture from the Company Information.

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Oct 12

Today i learned that one of the requirements for having the small Phone icon (TAPI Integration) next to y0ur Phone No’s in RTC, is depending on Microsoft Office Communicator to be installed. But my customer needed the TAPI integration, but doesn’t use Office Communicator, instead they use a combination of Asterisk and ActivaTSP.

First task was looking at the Page, to find out how the Phone Icon got displayed. On the Fields in a Page there is a property called ExtendedDatatype, it can have these values: None, Phone No., URL, E-Mail, Ratio, Masked – and it impacts the layout and behaviour of the control in a Page. Well, installing Office Communicator is not an option, so as the developer you have to come up with a possible solution/workaround. And it was actually pretty easy…

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