New Book Available: Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPLast year I had two books published via Packt Publishing, the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financial Management. Well, in the next few days I will have a new book available for purchase; Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client:

Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client

The book will initially be available from Amazon in the USA and various countries in Europe as a paperback and can also be purchased in PDF eBook form (the eBook is actually available now; the hard copy from Amazon and other retailers will follow soon).

This book provides guidance for the implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client with step-by-step guides, illustrations and links to useful resources.

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at Dynamics GP users and partners who intend to implement the web client for Microsoft Dynamics GP for individual clients; much of the process for installing a multi-tenant deployment is the same as the scale-out one, but this book is specifically focusing on the scale-out deployment. This book assumes you have a knowledge of Windows Server, Active Directory for creating users and groups, IIS and application deployments. A basic knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics GP is also required.

What This Book Covers

This book covers the scale-out deployment of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 web client, from prerequisites through installation to logging in, using and managing. An upgrade of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 web client to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 is covered, before closing with a look at troubleshooting problems.

How This Book Is Structured

Chapter 1, Introduction to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client, covers the basics of the web client including a look at the pros and cons of the web client versus the classic desktop client and the deployment methods available.

Chapter 2, Prerequisites of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client, covers the prerequisites for installing or upgrading the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client.

Chapter 3, Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Scale-Out Deployment, covers the scale-out deployment method of installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client.

Chapter 4, Logging In, Using and Managing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client, covers the process of logging into the web client, the navigation differences between the desktop and web client versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP and then how the web client can be managed.

Chapter 5, Upgrading a Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Scale Out Deployment, covers the upgrade of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 web client to the R2 version.

Chapter 6, Troubleshooting the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client, includes tips for troubleshooting and some of more common issues during the implementation.

I will be adding additional sales channels in the near future, but for now you can buy a PDF eBook, or go to CreateSpace, Amazon.com or Amazon UK for a paperback copy.

NB. The book can currently be bought on CreateSpace and Amazon UK, but not all of the Amazon sites have it listed as available; this should happen in the next few days.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financial Management Has Been Published

My second book, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financial Management has been published and is available now from Packt Publishing.

This is my second book, the first being the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook, and is the third piece of my work Packt Publishing have released this year (the first being the Microsoft Dynamics GP Techniques Online Leaning Course);

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financial Management by Ian Grieve

With this book you will:

  • Discover how to improve financial management in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
  • Learn the key financial management modules in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
  • Improve your abilities with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 to gain a better understanding and control of your business

The modules covered in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financial Management are:

  • Analytical Accounting
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Budgets
  • PO Commitments
  • Encumbrance Management

You can buy Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financial Management from here.

Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 6

I have many other outside work items competing for my time at the moment which, combined with being busy at work is leaving me little time for reviewing. To that end I’m snatching an hour while sat at a hotel in the Midlands (South Yorkshire to be exact) to add another part to my review of Leslie Vail’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications published in October by Packt Publishing;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

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Coming Soon: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook

With an expected release date of June 2013, the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook is to be released.

This is an update to the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 by Mark Polino, which was released three years ago. With the new version of Dynamics GP 2013 being released in December last year, it was time for a new version of the book to be written and with Mark was otherwise engaged writing the Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013 so Packt Publishing approached me and asked if I would write the update.

So, in June this year the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook by Ian Grieve and Mark Polino will be released;

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook by Ian Grieve and Mark Polino

With this book you will:

  • Understand the various tips and tricks to master Dynamics GP, and improve your system’s stability in order to enable you to get work done faster
  • Discover how to solve real world problems in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 with easy-to-understand and practical recipes
  • Access proven and effective Dynamics GP techniques from authors with vast and rich experience in Dynamics GP

You can pre-order the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook direct from Packt Publishing.

Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 5

I started reviewing Leslie Vail’s book, Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications, which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing, a few weeks ago. To do this review I decided to take a read through and complete all the examples she gives on developing an application as I’ve only had very limited experience with Dexterity;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Today, it is time for part 5 of my review where I look at Chapter 6: Deploying a Dexterity Solution where Leslie covers the following key topics:

  • System requirements
  • Versions and builds
  • Table creation routines
  • Completing the application
  • Creating the chunk file
  • Testing in a multi-dictionary environment
  • Distributing the completed application

This chapter has a fair bit of explanatory text covering each of the key topics.

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 4

I started reviewing Leslie Vail’s book, Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications,which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing, a few weeks ago. To do this review I decided to take a read through and complete all the examples she gives on developing an application as I’ve only had very limited experience with Dexterity;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Today I’m taking a look at Chapter 5 which covers sanScript and how to add it to windows to enable the required functionality. The key topics to be covered are:

  • Introduction to sanScript
  • Scrolling Windows
  • Triggers

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 3

After slacking off a lot in terms of reviewing Leslie Vail’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications, which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing, I’m going to try to get a regular tempo of review posts going. Today I’m here with the review for chapter 4;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

This chapter is all about Building the User Interface which Leslie does by getting the reader to build an interface for customer contacts integration and covers:

  • Creating base resources
  • Creating tables and keys
  • Creating forms and windows
  • Creating scrolling windows
  • Working with window fields
  • Completing your windows

So from this chapter I expect to get a good grounding in creating an entirely new window which should look like this:

Customer Contact Maintenance

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 2

Things have been very hectic recently and I’ve found myself slacking off from reviewing Leslie’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Well, I now have a bit more time so I’ve returned to the book to take a look at chapter 3, Getting Started with Dexterity which gives a thorough look at Dexterity; how to install it’s development environment, what the components are and how they hang together and the pitfalls to watch out for.

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 1

At the end of December, Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications, written by Leslie Vail and published by Packt Publishing was released.

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

I got a copy of the book in order to do a review and have decided to break the review down into multiple parts. The reason for this is that the book includes some practical examples which I have decided to do and then include the results of this in the review; after all if it is a book on developing how can you accurately review the book if you don’t use what you learn to build something?

The book is aimed at developers new to working with Microsoft Dynamics GP, so bear in mind that I am not a developer when reading my reviews. Quick synopsis of my background: I started my career as a trainee developer and moved through a variety of roles such as developer and support analyst before moving to my current position as consultant and project manager.

I oversee development teams working on additions or amendments to Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as personally undertaking some modifications using Report Writer or Modifier with VBA. So despite not being a developer, I am used to working with them and did, once upon a time, be one myself.

The first chapter of the book covers the Microsoft Dynamics GP Architecture from a high level perspective.

It covers the history of the GP interface from it’s origins with Great Plains Software, an overview of Dexterity and the development environment. There is a detailed explanation of the launch file (Dynamics.set), which included a couple of points of which I wasn’t aware, and the configuration/preferences file (Dex.ini).

The explanation of the Dex.ini file included the ExportOneLineBody switch which I didn’t know about, but for which I have an immediate use.

Leslie then goes on to explain about the structure of the tables in the SQL Database which always strikes newcomers as arcane and overly complex. Leslie explains this well with plenty of detail on both the structure, including both the physical and technical names, and how transactions move between tables as their state changes.

Chapter 1 wraps up with a detailed explanation of the UI covering how forms are constructed, how the scrolling windows work and the common buttons used on forms, scrolling windows and individual buttons.

The second chapter of the book focuses on the fundamentals of integrating applications with Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

A new Microsoft Dynamics GP book, by Leslie Vail is now available from Packt Publishing.

This book will teach you how to create and customize Dynamics GP Applications by taking you through the initial steps of setting up a development environment through to customising and developing an example application using tools such as Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools and sanScript starting with an overview of Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture.

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

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