Error During Build in Visual Studio Tools For Microsoft Dynamics GP

Back in the early years of my career, before I became involved with Microsoft Dynamics GP, I was a trainee developer (admittedly on PICK Databasic) before moving on and learning a little VB6 and then into Microsoft Dynamics GP consultancy.

I’ve kept my hand in enough that I can still do some coding and last weekend, after chatting with a developer in the office who is creating some new screens for GP, I decided to have a little dabble with the Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP myself.

To start off with, I loaded in one of the sample windows supplied; EnvironmentalDetails. After reading through some of the code, I decided to build the project and load the dll into GP so I could see it in action.

However, when I tried to build the project I got a multitude of errors;

Visual Studio Tools For Microsoft Dynamics GP - Build Error

Errors such as:

  • ‘TableError’ is not declared. It may not be accessible due to its protection level;
  • Type ‘TableError’ is not defined;
  • Type ‘SyUserObjectStore’ is not defined;
  • ‘Dynamics’ is not declared. It may not be accessible due to its protection level.

I had vague memories of the developer mentioning something about the .NET version so I had a prod around some of the settings. Not being well versed in Visual Studio 2010, it took me a while to find the setting I needed (Project >> EnvironmentalDetails Properties >> Compile tab >>Advanced Compile Options);

Visual Studio Tools For Microsoft Dynamics GP - Change Target Framework

Once I changed the Target Framework from .NET Framework 2 to .NET Framework 3 all of the errors went away and I was able to successfully complete the build.

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