Strange Web services behavior in NAV

bugorfeatureA bug or a feature? Sometimes it’s hard to tell for sure.

Web services are a fantastic tool in NAV, however, they do not always behave exactly as you would expect them to. There is one particularly annoying behavior, which just after you get used to it starts getting even stranger.

So, setting any numeric value during the Create method call on any page web service will have no effect, and the only way to set a value in a numeric field would be through a subsequent call to Update method.

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Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010 Content Update

fireworksI missed this by ten days, but it’s not exactly yesterday’s news yet. Microsoft has released a content update for Sure Step 2010, bringing some new content for NAV, AX, GP and CRM, and also introducing some functional changes to Sure Step application.

Here’s what’s new in the latest release:

  • GP 2010 updates, now with guidance on Project Accounting, Business Intelligence reporting, upgrade questionnaires and links to the business process flows. 
  • Management Reporter questionnaire applicable to all ERP solutions. 
  • Service Industry-specific content for AX, including guidance for:
    • Professional Services, included Legal Services and Government Contractors
    • Advertising
    • Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • AX Process Flows added for Human Resourcces, Quality and Master Planning.
  • NAV Process Flows, Go Live List and Upgrade Questionnaires updated.
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site project creation, enhanced to allow sub-site creation. 
  • CRM Customer Care Accelerator with fact sheets, presentations, questionnaire with fit analysis and architecture assessment.

If you have access to PartnerSource, you can access Sure Step 2010 here.

Was it necessary to kill the Classic client?

dinosaurAbsolutely.

The world needs to move ahead. The technology advances. Who doesn’t want to keep up with the progress, stays behind. That’s how it has worked since the dawn of civilization.

I can’t know the exact reasons why Microsoft has decided to stop support for the Classic client with NAV “7”, but I can offer my view and position on why I believe this was absolutely necessary.

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Death of Classic (C/SIDE) Client

tomb_guardYesterday, during a coffee break at the What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Technical for Application Consultants training in Vilnius, Lithuania (a fabulous place, by the way), a discussion arose around the destiny of the Classic (or C/SIDE) client in NAV. Some participants stated that “it’s never going to go away” because “Microsoft would not dare shutting it down”.

Unfortunately, it is going away, and quickly. Maybe it wasn’t too obvious at first, because Microsoft never actually said explicitly that “Classic client is going to be discontinued”, but if you read the latest Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, it’s there.

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Keyboard shortcomings of RoleTailored Client in NAV 2009

I am one of those people who only use keyboard with NAV. Classic, of course. Seriously, I can keyboard my way through NAV and do literally everything—and I am dead serious about the everything part of it—with only my keyboard. With Classic, mouse is quietly resting under piles of papers. In RTC, mouse is an active animal.

Yes, absolutely, this is the number one reason why I never adopted the RoleTailored Client and I still use the Classic one extensively. (Another one is a minor and an irrelevant fact that NAV 2009 still isn’t available in my region.)

So, in hope that this blog finds its way to the right address in Vaedbek, Denmark, I’m compiling a list of less-known or less used keyboard shortcuts that I use to navigate through Classic client, which mostly can’t be achieved (or can’t achieve exactly the same goal) in RTC.

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