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SASS CSS How-to: A (Short) Review

Microsoft Dynamics GPAs well as a strong interest in Dynamics GP, I tend to have an interest in most things computer related. As such I have a few years experience with HTML+CSS and have created a few sites in the past, in addition to this blog on which I have done some customisations and enhancements of the code and theme.

I do find some of CSS a bit of a hassle when it comes to changing common elements such as colour so I was interested when I heard about the concept of SASS or Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets (I’ll admit to being happier with the acronym than the full name).

Packt Publishing, who are publishing my Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook, have published a SASS CSS How-to book by Alex Libby. This book takes a look at how to write more efficient CSS using the SASS CSS library through practical hands-on recipes;

SASS CSS How-to

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Applications (MB2-868) Certification Guide

Microsoft Dynamics CRMWhile working with Packt Publishing on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook (which can be pre-ordered direct from Packt Publishing) I was approached to do some technical reviewing of a Microsoft Dynamics CRM book; the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Applications (MB2-868) Certification Guide by Danny Varghese which has now been published;

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Applications (MB2-868) Certification Guide

This book covers:

  • Introduce yourself to the certification exam and helpful exam taking tips
  • Learn about marketing automation and its application to your organization
  • How to enable an efficient and accurate sales process
  • Service your customers and get metrics to make sure your customers are truly happy
  • Schedule and plan for resource allocation if needed while servicing your customers
  • Prepare for the MB2-868 certification exam with a mock 75 question exam

If you’re intending to get certified on Microsoft Dynamics CRM then this certification guide will be a great tool for preparing.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Service Pack 1 Available

Microsoft Dynamics GPLast Friday the Dynamics GP Service and Support blog announced that the first Service Pack for Microsoft Dynamics GP was available for download.

Service Pack 1 can be downloaded from the following pages;

As well as the service pack itself there is a new DVD containing the service pack which can be downloaded from the Product Release pages;

Another Posting Hiatus

azurecurveUnfortunately (well, fortunately if truth be told), the time has come for another enforced posting hiatus for me. Following my illness and emergency surgery in October last year, I am going back into hospital for follow up surgery tomorrow and will not be working or blogging for a time after while I recover.

Knowing myself pretty well, I’m sure I’ll get bored fairly quick, but Mark Polino has the antidote to any boredom with the release of his new book, Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013;

Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013 by Mark Polino

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Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Microsoft Dynamics GPIf you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll be aware that I have been doing a detailed review of Leslie Vail’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

I sometimes feel that in my reviews I may be coming across too critical. If so, I apologise because I actually think the book is really good and I have a lot of respect for Leslie and her contributions to the Dynamics community.

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Top 100 Most Influential People in Microsoft Dynamics 2013: Vote for David Musgrave

Microsoft Dynamics GPThere are many people who contribute to the Microsoft Dynamics community during the year. As this blog is focussed on Microsoft Dynamics GP there are a number of outstanding people as contenders for entry on the Top 100 Most Influential People in Microsoft Dynamics 2013 list which is at the voting stage.

I’ve taken a look at the list and read the clarion calls from Mark Polino, Leslie Vail and Jivtesh Singh to vote for David Musgrave (the man behind Developing for Dynamics GP and the incredibly useful Support Debugging Tool). I have done so and would encourage other people to consider casting your vote for him as well; he can be found on page 4.

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

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith 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

Microsoft Dynamics GPI 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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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client First Run On A Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPOver the last few posts, I’ve covered the installation of the Web Client Runtime, added the IIS role, created a self-signed certificate, installed the Web Client, ran the Configuration Wizard, and installed the GP Resource Web Cache. Now it is time to run the Web Client for the first time to ensure required components are installed on a client; I’m installing a new demo machine so I know one component won’t be installed.

Navigate to the address if the site hosting the Web Client. In the case when you have a self-signed security certificate (which I would only advise for demo or test systems) you will be presented with a warning that the site may not be safe; this is the one time I will recommend to someone that they go against the browser’s advice and click Continue to this website (like my credit card company, MBNA, who have a site with an invalid certificate, going on for six years now, and have the security team advise people to accept the invalid certificate and proceed);

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