Friday, July 25, 2008

Cross Dictionary Development with Microsoft Dexterity

When I first started working in 1996 as a Software Development Engineer on the Dynamics GP Spanish release for Latin America project in Colombia for my former company Nucleus S.A. -- a Microsoft regional partner at the time -- I was challenged by a number of puzzling coding issues that seem to have no solution. Our inability to access third party dictionary information interactively with Dynamics GP was the absolutely most disappointing issue we faced since we had great plans for integrating Fixed Assets (back then a Forestar product) with GP for some Latin American localizations needed at the time. Those issues propagated over a period of 2 years, and during the time our only possibilities were database triggers and stored procedures after the fact. I must say that I worked hand to hand with some of the most brilliant people on the International Team at the former Great Plains Software in getting the product off the ground from a development perspective: Tom Irsfeld, Dave Gaboury, Tadeuz Komorovski and Papa Ndoye.

It was not until 1998 when I traveled to Fargo, ND that I met David Musgrave for the first time. I attended his Integrating with Third Party Dictionaries session, becoming familiar with some not too ortodox, but highly effective methods (at the time) he engineered for accessing data on foreign third party forms and tables from Dynamics GP using Dexterity 4.0. His materials became the bible I (and many Dexterity programmers around the world) followed to train new developers and forward my career in the company as a Senior Software Architect. I also attended his conference in Summer of 2000 where he unleashed other cross dictionary techniques that until today are still considered the absolute best practices.

I followed up with his Pushing the Limits with Dexterity which he co-hosted with Mark Rockwell from Rockton Software in 2002. By then, Dexterity had gained new functionalities from a scripting perspective and it was showing its maturity.

David and Mark have always made these conference materials available from each of their sites, but you can now download directly from David's blog.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MIS, MVP, MCP, PMP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

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