I have a requirement in which I have to access a SQL view from within my customisation dictionary, in order to create a custom lookup for users to select a value based on an Extender form and an Extender lookup. Easiest option is to create an Extender view (which in turn creates a SQL view for us).
Now, this is the view that I am suppose to refer to from my custom dictionary. Dexterity allows us to refer to any SQL object by simply create a TABLE definition and mention the SQL object (table or view) name as the physical name.
Everything looks perfect till you actually see below error messages at runtime:
Error message is quite obvious; you do not have DEX_ROW_ID in that SQL view that you are referring to. Every single Dexterity table must have DEX_ROW_ID at the backend. It cannot afford to not have one.
So how am I going to resolve this? By simply adding a record number dynamically to the SQL view created by Extender. How to do that? By adding the T-SQL function ROW_NUMBER(). This is how I achieved it:
This issue was a bit tricky but not THAT tricky, though.
One of the users reported to me that he was not able to run depreciation because when he opened the Depreciation Process Information window (Microsoft Dynamics GP -> Tools -> Routines -> Fixed Assets -> Depreciate), the Depreciate button was disabled. Below was the screenshot that he sent to me (disabled button is highlighted in RED box):
Reason: After quite a bit of analysis (Dex Script Log & SQL Profiling using SDT), I found that there is a table where FA module temporarily records the depreciation activity initiated by any user and will retain that record the process is complete.
User confirmed to me that last time when he ran the depreciation process, it got stuck at the time of printing the results.
The table which records the activity is FA40203 (display name: Book Setup for Depreciation). The table contains three fields: User ID, FA Book Index & FA Book ID.
I took a backup of this table (a simple T-SQL SELECT * INTO…) and removed that stranded activity record for that user.
User confirmed that he could then start depreciation process.
Its always good to start a day with some brainy troubleshooting. But not certainly good for users to start with an issue, though.
Leslie Vail has posted an article at a time when I am currently working on closing down thousands and thousands of SOP quotes which users failed to close down. It’s about a SQL Script which moves all expired SOP quotes to history.
(Some really lame) reasons I use to hear for not closing down quotes:
1. We don’t know when that quote would be materialised.
Seriously? Gotta be kidding me. If it’s a quote of age 2+ years and you still don’t know whether it would get materialised or not, then something is wrong fundamentally.
2. If it’s voided, we won’t be able to copy the line items of that quote.
Wrong. You can. Copying line items from an SOP document is very much possible, even if it’s transferred or voided.
3. We don’t know whether the comments that we had added specific to that quote would be available for us to reuse it.
Answer is a positive YES. You can reuse the comments, because comments are NOT stored on that document but on Comments Master. Just select the ID and there it is. Unless, you have edited that comment on the document. But again, come on, it’d take 5 mins for you to inquire the voided one, copy the comment text and paste it on new one.
We do not have a built in T-SQL function to convert any string (or a statement) to Proper Case format, also known as Title Case. This I feel is a very simple feature that SQL Server could have provided us, but missing even in it’s latest version, SQL Server 2012.
I thought I would highlight some links which would be useful for T-SQL programmers in our community:
Q: From where does the Inventory Adjustment entry retrieve a product’s Decimal Places Currency value?
A: When we create a product, this value will be defaulted from the Functional Currency of that company. While entering an Inventory Adjustment for this product, the decimal places currency value will then be retrieved from the product master record.
I realized this when I faced an issue couple of days back. I got a requirement where, I have to facilitate an automated program that will replicate a product information (Master, Quantities/Site, Vendors, Currencies & Price List) from one company to another. Of course, with necessary changes that are specific to the destination company.
It worked merrily till both companies had functional currencies with same number of decimal places. I had to extend this program on to another company, whose functional currency supports 3 decimal places. Now you might have realized the issue. My program, quite honestly, was written with a hardcoded value of 2 decimal places.
When I created some products on my new company using this program, I could not enter Inventory Adjustments with 3 decimal places. It was always 2. Upon spending some time on this, I realized what I have mentioned at the start of this post. You cannot override this at all.
So those who write customization like what I have explained above, beware of all such nuances which will play very crucial role in day-to-day transactions.