Team Foundation Server and AX labels

Today we will cover the topic of using labels with the Team Foundation Server (TFS) as our Microsoft Dynamics AX Version Control System (VCS).

If you set up a new environment from scratch and your repository is empty, you can import your existing ALD label files to AX and add it to VCS in 2 easy steps.

1) You may use the standard “ALDImport” startup command with the AX client and pass in your labels one by one, or use the following code to import all files from a specific folder with the help of .Net managed code:

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DAXRunBase / 2012-11-30 / TFS / 0 Comments

PowerShell and AXModel files

In AX 2012 there is a very high chance that you have to work with the new AXModel files.

You may receive an ISV solution, or a Microsoft hotfix and you would like to know what is inside. If you have installed the management extensions, you can go to Start menu > Administrative tools > Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Management Shell to open PowerShell to access the AX-specific utilities.

We have a hotfix in our example, and would like to see what objects are inside, which may cause a conflict with out customizations. You can run the following command to get more details from our AXModel hotfix:

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DAXRunBase / 2012-10-09 / AX 2012 / 0 Comments

AOT node compare

One of the most often used tool is the AOT node Compare utility, which has some improvements from the past but can be changed further.

Now in AX 2012 the compare tool can be executed as CIL code rather than in the X++ runtime tier, which should give you considerable performance boost for larger code comparison. Here is a great post (The compare tool–and running X++ code as IL) from mfp about improvements that Microsoft did.

On the other hand you can do some improvements yourself by adding the following line to the SysCompare class, selectionChanged method:

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DAXRunBase / 2012-08-14 / AX 2012 / 2 Comments

Image resources in reports

When I was playing around with images and resources in AX, I have found that Menu nodes have an AOT property called NormalImage. On this property you can provide a file name which was imported into AX under the Resource node, so your module would have this image shown in the Main menu.

But when you want to use the resource in a report, the kernel does not associate your custom image with a resource ID, and you also do not have a property similar to the menus.

The only solution that you have is to add a Bitmap control to your report, then read out the data that is being stored under the node and return the container as a Bitmap value. Here is the code:

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DAXRunBase / 2010-08-18 / AX 2009, AX 2012, Microsoft Dynamics AX / 2 Comments

Non-visible fields in the Table browser

As developers and consultants often require the ability to check the content of hidden fields without writing a select statement / query, or taking a quick look in the database for retrieving information, I was wondering if there is a way to do that.

The SysTableBrowser class is using the FormBuildControl.addDataField(int dataSourceId, fieldId fieldId) method for bound and FormBuildControl.addControl(FormControlType controlType, str controlName) as an unbound control. These methods are on kernel level, and they are forcing to hide any bound controls where the field property Visible is set to No.

We can add the hidden fields as extra columns in the SysTableBrowser class with a highlighted color, but as the display grid is tied to the datasource we are using it is not possible to populate it with the right values per record.

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DAXRunBase / 2010-04-19 / AX 2009 / 2 Comments