Hardcoded label fix tool for AX 2012

It is a common problem that developers create the objects and code in the shortest time possible to meet a deadline, and that is when we meet with the hardcoded label problem, which is a Best Practice violation. Our environment had about 6000 hardcoded label values as well, and I was looking for a general solution to fix them, which resulted in creating a new tool.

This tool is heavily beta version, comes with no warranties, use it at your own risk.

Hardcoded label

The hardcoded label fix tool is version control compatible, and you should really use it through that, in case you would like to roll back a set of incorrect modifications easily.

Once you open the form, the Scan button will process your entire AOT on the current layer and model and stores TreeNode path, type, text and possible label matches. Processing can take up to several hours.

Then you could multi-select labels and press Commit to replace the values. For blank entries it tries to create a new label in the currently selected (must be checked out in advance!) label file and language. If there are multiple hits for the text, it is marked by 3 asterisks, and you need to pick one on the right pane to use. In case you want to have your own labels created anyway, you could erase the recommended @SYS* or whatever entries, save the record then commit for a new one.

Please note that due to the nature of AX DB being Case Insensitive, it is possible that a label is recommended which has a different case, like you get label for ‘a’ instead of ‘A’.

The project can be downloaded from the DAXRunBase GitHub.

DAXRunBase / 2018-03-30 / AX 2012 / 1 Comment

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

Label search with an exact match

If you are trying to look up a label under the menu Tools/Development tools/Label/Label editor, the search string matches your label string with a wildcard.

For search strings like “item” it might display many hits, and takes a lot of time to get the results. But if you enter the label on an object property and you do the lookup there, an exact match search is executed.

If you take a look on \AOTClassesSysLabel::searchStringBuildExactStr(LabelType _searchString) you can find the solution there as a macro.

If you use the same search term, then you will get an exact match:
“<item>”

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DAXRunBase / 2010-04-14 / Microsoft Dynamics AX / 3 Comments