Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Lookup and Modified methods for FormReferenceGroup fields in D365

Let's say we need to keep in Purchase line a manufacturer code for a particular product. So each Product/Manufacturer code combination is unique.



Three tables are referenced via RecId fields.



So once Manufacturer code field is placed in the form, we end up with a FormReferenceGroup.



We can easily override its lookup method by subscribing to the relevant event on it.

 [FormControlEventHandler(formControlStr(PurchTable, avrEcoResManufacturerProduct_avrEcoResManufacturerProductRecId), FormControlEventType::Lookup)]
    public static void avrEcoResManufacturerProduct_avrEcoResManufacturerProductRecId_OnLookup(FormControl sender, FormControlEventArgs e)
    {
        PurchLine                           purchLine = sender.formRun().dataSource(formDataSourceStr(PurchTable, PurchLine)).cursor() as PurchLine;
        FormControlCancelableSuperEventArgs cancelableArgs = e as FormControlCancelableSuperEventArgs;
        
        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct::lookupByItem(sender, purchLine.itemId);
        
        cancelableArgs.CancelSuperCall();
    }

public client static Common lookupByItem(FormReferenceControl _formReferenceControl, ItemId _itemId)
    {
        SysReferenceTableLookup sysReferenceTableLookup;
        Query                   query;
        QueryBuildDataSource    avrEcoResMan;

        sysReferenceTableLookup = SysReferenceTableLookup::newParameters(tableNum(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct), _formReferenceControl);
        sysReferenceTableLookup.addLookupfield(fieldNum(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct, EcoResManufacturerRecId));
        sysReferenceTableLookup.addLookupfield(fieldNum(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct, EcoResManufacturerPartNbr));

        query = new Query();
        avrEcoResMan = query.addDataSource(tableNum(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct));
        avrEcoResMan.addRange(fieldNum(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct, EcoResProductRecId)).value(SysQuery::value(InventTable::find(_itemId).Product));

        sysReferenceTableLookup.parmQuery(query);

        return sysReferenceTableLookup.performFormLookup() as avrEcoResManufacturerProduct;
    }




But what if the user wants to create new values in appropriate tables if them do not exist yet?



We can catch the modified event in order to create new values before failing the validation.
However, given that its content may be changed, it is impossible to get access to its fields at design time.

We can do it during run-time by means of getting sought field form controls by their names and overloading then their Modified() methods. (see the similar trick for AX 2012 https://alexvoy.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-set-properties-for-reference.html)



The code you need to add.

[ExtensionOf(formStr(PurchTable))]
final class avrPurchTableForm_PurchTableManuf_Extension
{
    private const  str          avrFieldNameDisplayProductNumber    = 'EcoResManufacturerPartNbr';
    private const  str          avrFieldNameEcoResManufacturerName  = 'EcoResManufacturerName';
    private FormStringControl   avrFSCDisplayProductNumber;
    private FormStringControl   avrFSCEcoResManufacturerName;
    
    // the only way to change the standard modified method for a control inside of a dynamically populated reference group
    // is to get it by its name looping all form controls of this group during run-time. then to overload it
    [FormEventHandler(formStr(PurchTable), FormEventType::Initialized)]
    public void PurchTable_OnInitialized(xFormRun sender, FormEventArgs e)
    {
        FormDesign                      formDesign = sender.design();
        FormReferenceGroupControl       formReferenceGroupControl;
        formReferenceGroupControl = formDesign.controlName(formControlStr(PurchTable, avrEcoResManufacturerProduct_avrEcoResManufacturerProductRecId)) as formReferenceGroupControl;
        this.registerManufacturerNameOverload(formReferenceGroupControl);
    }

    private void registerManufacturerNameOverload(FormReferenceGroupControl _formReferenceGroupControl )
    {
        int                                 i;
        Object                              childControl;
        FormStringControl                   formStringControl;

        for (i = 1; i <= _formReferenceGroupControl.controlCount(); i++) // FilterCategory is of FormReferenceGroupControl type
        {
            childControl = _formReferenceGroupControl.controlNum( i );
            formStringControl = childControl as formStringControl;
            if(formStringControl.DataFieldName() == avrFieldNameEcoResManufacturerName)
            {
                avrFSCEcoResManufacturerName = formStringControl;
                formStringControl.registerOverrideMethod(methodStr(formStringControl, modified), formMethodStr(PurchTable, avrEcoResManufacturerName_modified_overload),
                    this);
            }
            if(formStringControl.DataFieldName() == avrFieldNameDisplayProductNumber)
            {
                avrFSCDisplayProductNumber = formStringControl;
                formStringControl.registerOverrideMethod(methodStr(formStringControl, modified), formMethodStr(PurchTable, avrDisplayProductNumber_modified_overload),
                this);
            }
        }
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// We have to allow the user to insert any value, even though such a value is not found in the referenced table;
    /// then we will ask whether this new value must be created in the table and set this new value for the current record
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_sender">EcoResManufacturerName</param>
    public void avrEcoResManufacturerName_modified_overload(FormStringControl _sender)
    {
        avrEcoResManufacturer avrEcoResManufacturer = avrEcoResManufacturer::findOrCreateByName(_sender.text());
        _sender.modified();
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// We have to allow the user to insert any value, even though such a value is not found in the referenced table;
    /// then we will ask whether this new value must be created in the table and set this new value for the current record
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_sender">EcoResManufacturerName</param>
    public void avrDisplayProductNumber_modified_overload(FormStringControl _sender)
    {
        Common          comm = _sender.dataSourceObject().cursor();
        PurchLine       purchLine   =  _sender.parentControl().dataSourceObject().cursor() as PurchLine;

        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct avrEcoResManufacturerProduct = avrEcoResManufacturerProduct::findOrCreateEcoResManufacturerProduct(
                                                                                                        purchLine.itemId, 
                                                                                                        avrFSCEcoResManufacturerName.text(),
                                                                                                        _sender.text());
        _sender.modified();
    }

}

Table methods

public static avrEcoResManufacturer findOrCreateByName(avrEcoResManufacturerName       _manufacturerName)
    {
        avrEcoResManufacturer           avrEcoResManufacturer = avrEcoResManufacturer::findByName(_manufacturerName);
        if(!avrEcoResManufacturer)
        {
            if(Box::confirm("Do you want to creare new manufacturer?", strFmt(avrEcoResManufacturer::txtNotExist(), _manufacturerName)))
            {
                try
                {
                    avrEcoResManufacturer.EcoResManufacturerName = _manufacturerName;
                    if(avrEcoResManufacturer.validateWrite())
                    {
                        avrEcoResManufacturer.insert();
                    }
                }
                catch
                {
                    Error("Failed to create new manufacturer");
                }
            }
        }
        return avrEcoResManufacturer;
    }


public static avrEcoResManufacturerProduct findOrCreateEcoResManufacturerProduct(ItemId                         _itemId,
                                                                                    avrEcoResManufacturerName       _manufacturerName,
                                                                                    avrEcoResManufacturerPartNbr    _manufacturerPartNbr)
    {
        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct    avrEcoResManufacturerProduct;
        avrEcoResManufacturer           avrEcoResManufacturer;
        InventTable                     inventTable = InventTable::find(_itemId);
        // item and part number are given and exist
        if(inventTable.Product && _manufacturerPartNbr)
        {
            // such a manufacturer exists, so just try to find it for given combination
            avrEcoResManufacturer           = avrEcoResManufacturer::findOrCreateByName(_manufacturerName);
            avrEcoResManufacturerProduct    = avrEcoResManufacturerProduct::find(inventTable.Product, avrEcoResManufacturer.RecId);
            if(!avrEcoResManufacturerProduct)
            {
                if(Box::confirm("Do you want to create new part number", strFmt(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct::txtNotExist(), _manufacturerPartNbr)))
                {
                    try
                    {
                        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct.EcoResProductRecId         = inventTable.Product;
                        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct.EcoResManufacturerRecId    = avrEcoResManufacturer.RecId;
                        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct.EcoResManufacturerPartNbr  = _manufacturerPartNbr;
                        avrEcoResManufacturerProduct.EcoResManufacturerDefault  = NoYes::Yes;
                        if(avrEcoResManufacturerProduct.validateWrite())
                        {
                            avrEcoResManufacturerProduct.insert();
                        }
                    }
                    catch
                    {
                        Error("Failed to create new part number");
                    }
                }
            }
        }
        return avrEcoResManufacturerProduct;
    }


Friday, August 17, 2018

TECH SALARIES IN TORONTO, MONTREAL, VANCOUVER REVEALED (2018)

 have published a short article on IT salaries in Canadian cities based on Randstad report; it is worth reading.

For example, about Montreal


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

MICROSOFT DYNAMICS SALARY SURVEY 2018 by Nigel Frank

Yeah! They did it again! Tenth time in a row!

I entered Microsoft Dynamics world ten years ago - almost at the same time when Nigel Frank started this great project. I always believed that knowing others salary can help us - hired workers and freelancers - better position ourselves on the market. More than 14000 data respondents make this survey report a valuable guide for those wondering about modern trends.

It is interesting how consultant and developer have been racing these years. It happens probably because of Microsoft efforts to ease development by moving to Visual Studio and to add more and more complex functionality to their products.



Once I got my Microsoft Dynamics AX certification, I was told that this is mutually beneficial to me and to the company and cannot be a reason for my salary increase. As we can see it happens in 70% of cases.


At the same time the most reasons why specialists start flirting with the idea to change their current job are lack of salary increase (57%) and lack of promotional perspectives (54%). A good point to think about!

More than a half of respondents said being ready to consider to relocate even to another country! And, yes, Canada is the destination number one!

Now, being a father of two toddlers, I really appreciate that I am allowed to work from home: until recent days it was three days a week.



As in previous years, Dynamics AX is still in the top 3 all together with CRM and NAV. Let's take a look at USA and Canada salaries.





I have made my notes just about a few points, but you can find a lot of other interesting analytics provided by Nigel Frank in this report. Great job!

As an improvement suggestion, it would be amazing to get time line trends by other Microsoft products as well as by region, occupancy etc. They already got all needed data; therefore, it is just a few hours of Microsoft Power BI developer work! :)

previous post about the report

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Find your changes and code fragments inside of extension project in D365

New D365 is enabled with powerful object search. These two tricks will help you to find even more inside of you extensions.

To find any text fragment you can use VSTS search tool.



To find all changes done in an extension you can simply take a look at the XML file behind.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Extensions and Edit and Display methods declaration in D365

Just a short note for my current PU.

Display methods work well as instance methods from table extensions. As to edit-methods, we still need to declare them as static.


[ExtensionOf(tableStr(ProjProposalJour))]
final class avrProjProposalJourTable_ProjInvReport_Extension

 static public server edit avrProjInvReportFmtDescWithBr avrEditInvReportFormatWithBR(ProjProposalJour _this, boolean _set, PrintMgmtReportFormatDescription  _newReportFormat)
    {
        PrintMgmtReportFormatDescription    newReportFormat = _newReportFormat;
        PrintMgmtReportFormatDescription    reportFormat;

        reportFormat = ProjInvoicePrintMgmt::avrGetReportFormatWithBR(_this);
        if (_set)
        {
            if (_this.RecId && newReportFormat && newReportFormat != reportFormat)
            {
                ProjInvoicePrintMgmt::avrCreateOrUpdateInvoiceWithBRPrintSettings(_this, PrintMgmtNodeType::ProjProposalJour, newReportFormat);
                reportFormat = newReportFormat;
            }
        }
        return reportFormat;
    }


Do not forget to pass the table buffer as the first argument.

More detail can be found in Vania's article about news in PU11.


How to add a new report for a business document in D365

My colleague Rod showed it to me when I needed to add a new report to Project Invoice Proposal with billing rules to be present in Print management settings.


    /// <summary>
    /// Subscribes to print mgmt report format publisher to populate custom reports
    /// </summary>
    [SubscribesTo(classstr(PrintMgmtReportFormatPublisher), delegatestr(PrintMgmtReportFormatPublisher, notifyPopulate))]
    public static void notifyPopulate()
    {
        #PrintMgmtSetup

        void addFormat(PrintMgmtDocumentType _type, PrintMgmtReportFormatName _name, PrintMgmtReportFormatCountryRegionId _countryRegionId = #NoCountryRegionId)
        {
            avrPrintMgtDocType_ProjInvReport_Handler::addPrintMgmtReportFormat(_type, _name, _name, _countryRegionId);
        }

        addFormat(PrintMgmtDocumentType::SIProjInvoiceWithBR, ssrsReportStr(avrPSAContractLineInvoice, Report));
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Adds a report format to the printMgtReportFormat table
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_type">PrintMgmtDocumentType value</param>
    /// <param name = "_name">Name of the report (ie. reportname.Report)</param>
    /// <param name = "_description">Description of the report (ie. reportname.Report)</param>
    /// <param name = "_countryRegionId">Country or default (#NoCountryRegionId)</param>
    /// <param name = "_system">True if this is a system report</param>
    /// <param name = "_ssrs">SSRS report or another type</param>
    private static void addPrintMgmtReportFormat(
        PrintMgmtDocumentType _type,
        PrintMgmtReportFormatName _name,
        PrintMgmtReportFormatDescription _description,
        PrintMgmtReportFormatCountryRegionId _countryRegionId,
        PrintMgmtReportFormatSystem _system = false,
        PrintMgmtSSRS _ssrs = PrintMgmtSSRS::SSRS)
    {
        PrintMgmtReportFormat printMgmtReportFormat;

        select firstonly printMgmtReportFormat
            where printMgmtReportFormat.DocumentType == _type
                && printMgmtReportFormat.Description == _description
                && printMgmtReportFormat.CountryRegionId == _countryRegionId;

        if (!printMgmtReportFormat)
        {
            // Add the new format
            printMgmtReportFormat.clear();
            printMgmtReportFormat.DocumentType = _type;
            printMgmtReportFormat.Name = _name;
            printMgmtReportFormat.Description = _description;
            printMgmtReportFormat.CountryRegionId = _countryRegionId;
            printMgmtReportFormat.System = _system;
            printMgmtReportFormat.ssrs = _ssrs;
            printMgmtReportFormat.insert();
        }
    }

Then I can pick it up in Print management settings in Project module.



It may be a good idea to delete records from PrintMgmtReportFormat table; all its records will be recreated the next time you open Print management form.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Simple form for Financial dimension value set lookup

Simple form for Financial dimension lookup.

On any form a consultant can add Fin dim field, which is actually just a rec id, then click on it to see the real value set. (Added FormRef to DimensionAttributeValueSet table.)

If opened as a separate window, the form allows to lookup any fin dim value.



Download AX 2012 XPO file.

Friday, March 9, 2018

TempDB table on a form with multiple updates

If you, like me, are still trying to understand how to use a TempDB table in a form and update it as many times as you need, or you are getting the error

"Cannot execute the required database operation.The method is only applicable to TempDB table variables that are not linked to existing physical table instance."

then you would better read the following short explanation.

Let's say your tempDB table is meant to be populated by request from a form on the server side.


In the form data source Init() we just initialize another tempDB buffer of the same type and link its physical instance to the current data source buffer.


public void init()
{
    super();
    wblTableTmpLocal.doInsert();
    delete_from wblTableTmpLocal;
    //wblTableTmp::populate(wblTableTmpLocal); // <-- no need at this step! 
    // if you need to populate it here by default, then comment the two previous lines
    wblTableTmp.linkPhysicalTableInstance(wblTableTmpLocal);
}

Any time you need to update its content, just re-populate it in a method by providing the linked temporary buffer from the form.


void clicked()
{
    super();
    element.rePopulate();
}

public void rePopulate()
{
    wblTableTmp::populate(wblTableTmpLocal);
    wblTableTmp.linkPhysicalTableInstance(wblTableTmpLocal);
    wblTableTmp_DS.research();
}

Populating method defined on the table, for example.


static server void populate(wblTableTmp _wblTableTmp)
{
    int k;
    
    delete_from _wblTableTmp; //<-- important to not have duplicates!
    
    for (k = 1; k<=4; k++)
    {
        _wblTableTmp.Field1 = int2str(k);
        _wblTableTmp.insert();
    }
}

All credits for this trick are for Iulian Cordobin.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

AX 2012 R3 CU13 Bug: DMF Bundle batch processing misses records

If you load many records via DMF, the most probable scenario is that you would divide them by setting a number of threads.

Unfortunately, there is a bug with it in the CU13.



When this batch job ends you will find 8*1041 records processed only.


As you can see the records ids are calculated correctly but the processing method gets wrong variables instead.


Down in the code, the batch task itself is set for a wrong number of records, too.

This is how to fix this bug.




There are two lessons we can take from this story:
- do not touch the code if it works;
- use really good names for your variables (it is not strong-typed environment!)

AX 2012 R3 CU13 Bug: DMF default value mapping for String type

There is bug in AX 2012 R3 CU13.

If you check Default type for your data entity staging mapping field of String type, then the system tries to find any first record matching to "Default" value as XML name to get the linked field and compare against its string length.






To fix it, we need to make the following changes in three methods of the form DMFStagingDefaultTable


public class FormRun extends ObjectRun
{
    SysDictField             dictField;
    DMFFieldType             dmfFieldType;
    DMFSourceXMLToEntityMap  dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap;
    Types                    valueType;
    // Begin: Alexey Voytsekhovskiy
    int                     wblMaxStrSize;
    // End: Alexey Voytsekhovskiy
}


public void init()
{
    Args                                args;
    DMFEntity                           entity;
    DMFDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields   dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields;
    SysDictType                         dictType;

    #define.Integer('Integer')
    #define.String('String')
    #define.RealMacro('Real')
    #define.DateMacro('Date')
    #define.DateTimeMacro('UtcDateTime')
    #define.Time('Time')

    super();

    if (!element.args() || element.args().dataset() != tableNum(DMFSourceXMLToEntityMap))
    {
        throw error(strfmt("@SYS25516", element.name()));
    }

    args = element.args();

    dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap = args.record();
    // Begin: Alexey Voytsekhovskiy
    select firstOnly FieldType, FieldSize from dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields
        where dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldName == dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap.EntityField
        && dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.Entity == dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap.Entity
        && dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.DefinitionGroup == dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap.DefinitionGroup
        ;
    wblMaxStrSize = dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldSize ? dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldSize : 256;
    // End: Alexey Voytsekhovskiy
    if (dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldType && !dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap.IsAutoDefault)
    {
        dmfFieldType = dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldType;
        if (dmfsourceXMLToEntityMap.EntityField)
        {
            entity = DMFEntity::find(dmfsourceXMLToEntityMap.Entity);
            dictField = new SysDictField(tableName2id(entity.EntityTable), fieldName2id(tableName2Id(entity.EntityTable),dmfsourceXMLToEntityMap.EntityField));
        }
        switch(dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldType)
        {
            case #Integer:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingIntValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case #String:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingStrValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case #RealMacro:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingRealValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case #DateMacro:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingDateValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case #DateTimeMacro:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingUtcDataTime.visible(true);
                break;
            case #Time:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingTimeValue.visible(true);
                break;
            default:
                warning("@DMF694");
                element.close();
        }
    }
    else if(dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap.IsAutoDefault)
    {
        entity = DMFEntity::find(dmfsourceXMLToEntityMap.Entity);
        dictField = new SysDictField(tableName2id(entity.EntityTable),fieldName2id(tableName2Id(entity.EntityTable),dmfsourceXMLToEntityMap.EntityField));
        dictType = new SysDictType(dictField.typeId());
        if (dictType && dictType.isTime())
        {
            valueType = Types::Time;
        }
        else
        {
            valueType = dictField.baseType();
        }
        dmfFieldType = enum2str(dictField.baseType());
        switch(valueType)
        {
            case Types::Integer:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingIntValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case Types::String:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingStrValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case Types::Real:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingRealValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case Types::Date:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingDateValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case Types::UtcDateTime:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingUtcDataTime.visible(true);
                break;
            case Types::Time:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingTimeValue.visible(true);
                break;
            case Types::Guid:
                DMFStagingConversionTable_StagingGuidValue.visible(true);
                break;
            default:
                warning("@DMF694");
                element.close();
        }
    }

    else
    {
        element.close();
    }
}

and on the  sole form data source field StagingStrValue

public boolean validate()
{
    boolean                             ret;
    DMFDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields   dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields;

    ret = super();

    if(ret)
    {
        // Begin: Alexey Voytsekhovskiy
        if(strLen(DMFStagingConversionTable.StagingStrValue) > wblMaxStrSize)
        {
            throw error("@DMF788");
        }

//        select firstOnly FieldSize from dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields
//            where dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldName == dmfSourceXMLToEntityMap.XMLField;
//
//        if(dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldSize)
//        {
//            if(strLen(DMFStagingConversionTable.StagingStrValue) > dmfDefinitionGroupEntityXMLFields.FieldSize)
//            {
//                throw error("@DMF788");
//            }
//        }
        // End: Alexey Voytsekhovskiy
    }

    return ret;
}

Saturday, February 10, 2018

How to update progress in DMF batch tasks

I do not  know why but standard DMF writer does not update its batch task progress. It is really dull to run DMF target step and see 0% progress for long time trying to guess only what ETA is.

Fortunately it is easy to fix. The whole idea is simple: init a server side progress and update it every time the next record is processed.


DMFEntityWriter class
private void wblProgressServerInit(RefRecId _startRecId, RefRecId _endRecId)
{
    if(xSession::isCLRSession())
    {
        // this progress just updates percentage in Batch task form
        wblProgressServer = RunbaseProgress::newServerProgress(1, newGuid(), -1, DateTimeUtil::minValue());
        wblProgressServer.setTotal(_endRecId - _startRecId);
    }
}





public container write(DMFDefinitionGroupExecution  _definitionGroupExecution,
                       DMFdefinationGroupName       _definitionGroup,
                       DMFExecutionID               _executionId,
                       DMFEntity                    _entity,
                       boolean                      _onlyErrored,
                       boolean                      _onlySelected,
                       RefRecId                     _startRefRecId = 0,
                       RefRecId                     _endRefRecId = 0,
                       boolean                      _isCompare = false,
                       DmfStagingBundleId           _bundleId = 0)
{
    Common                      target;
 ...

    if (_entity.TargetIsSetBased)
    {
        ...
    }
    else
    {
        ...

        while (nextStartRecId <= lastRecId)
        {
            ...

            try
            {
                
                this.wblProgressServerInit(startRefRecId, endRefRecId);
                
                ...
                while select staging where staging.(defGroupFieldId) == _definitionGroup && staging.(execFieldId) == _executionId
                            && ( (!_onlyErrored && !_onlySelected) ||
                                    (_onlyErrored && staging.(transferStatusFieldId) == DMFTransferStatus::Error) ||
                                    (_onlySelected && staging.(selectedFieldId) == NoYes::Yes)
                                )
                    join tmpStagingRecords where
                        tmpStagingRecords.RecId                 >= startRefRecId   &&
                        tmpStagingRecords.RecId                 <= endRefRecId     &&
                        tmpStagingRecords.StagingRecordRecId    == staging.RecId
                {
                    try
                    {
                        
                        this.wblProgressServerIncCount();
                        

                        ...
     }
     catch
     {
     ...
     }
            }
        }
        
        this.wblProgressServerKill();
        
    }
 ...
    return [newCount, updCount, stagingLogRecId,msgDisplayed];
}

Why my batch job is still waiting?

You probably have compilation errors in CIL. Try to recompile full CIL.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why your method is still not running in CIL

Please do not forget about the third parameter when you call your CIL wrapper.




It won't run in CIL if the current transaction level is not equal to zero, like in the following example with the standard import of Zip codes.



However, you can try to force ignoring TTS level at your own risk.


It works perfectly for my scenario.


This is how to check if your code is running in CIL.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Parallel Items/Product Validating or Deleting

If you need to validate or delete items/products or any other records in a BIG number, it is better to run such processing, first, in CIL, second in parallel threads.

This project is to demonstrate this approach.

The whole concept is similar to what I explained in one of my previous blogpost about Multi thread parallelism and a dispatching table for finding a minimum

wblInventItemProcessBatch class populates a special table containing RecIds to be processed and thread number they belong to.



Based on the user selection, it creates appropriate number of batch tasks that can run independently with their progress percentage.


Feel free to elaborate this project by adding new types of processing or new table to process. Also it is probably a good idea to add a new column to the table to separate different instances wblInventItemProcessBatch simultaneously running in the same environment.


wblInventItemProcessBatch 

private static server int64 populateItems2Process(str 20 _what2find, int _batchThreads)
{
    wblInventItemProcessTable   wblInventItemProcessTable;
    InventTable                 inventTable;
    int                         firstThread = 1;
    Counter                     countr;
    // flush all previously created items from the table
    delete_from wblInventItemProcessTable;
    // insert all needed items in one shot. this part can be refactored to use Query instead
    insert_recordset wblInventItemProcessTable (threadNum, ItemRecId, ItemId)
    select firstThread, RecId, ItemId from InventTable
    where
        inventTable.itemId like _what2find;
    // now group them in threads by simply enumerating them from 1 to N
    countr=1;
    ttsBegin;
    while select forUpdate wblInventItemProcessTable
    {
        wblInventItemProcessTable.threadNum = countr;
        wblInventItemProcessTable.update();

        countr++;

        if(countr > _batchThreads)
        {
            countr=1;
        }
    }
    ttsCommit;
    // return the total number of items to process
    select count(RecId) from wblInventItemProcessTable;

    return wblInventItemProcessTable.RecId;
}

public void run()
{
    // get all required items by their RecIds in the table and group them in threads
    int64 totalRecords = wblInventItemProcessBatch::populateItems2Process(what2find, batchThreads);
    if(totalRecords)
    {
        info(strFmt("Found %1 items like '%2' to %3", totalRecords, what2find, processType));
        // create number of batch tasks to parallel processing
        this.scheduleBatchJobs();
    }
    else
    {
        warning(strFmt("There are no items like '%1'", what2find));
    }
}
wblInventItemProcessTask process()

... 
select count(RecId) from inventTable
        exists join wblInventItemProcessTable
        where
            wblInventItemProcessTable.ItemRecId == inventTable.RecId &&
            wblInventItemProcessTable.threadNum == threadNum;
    // total number of lines to be processed
    totalLines = inventTable.reciD;
    // to enjoy our bored user during a few next hours
    // this progress just updates percentage in Batch task form
    progressServer = RunbaseProgress::newServerProgress(1, newGuid(), -1, DateTimeUtil::minValue());
    progressServer.setTotal(totalLines);

    while select inventTable
        exists join wblInventItemProcessTable
        where
            wblInventItemProcessTable.ItemRecId == inventTable.RecId &&
            wblInventItemProcessTable.threadNum == threadNum
    {
        progressServer.incCount();

        try
        {
            // RUN YUR LOGIC HERE //////////////////////
...

Friday, January 5, 2018

AX 2012 Wizard does not update Analysis Serivce Project: workaround

Recently I bumped into a strange issue in AX 2012, which prevents importing Analysis Services Projects to AOT.

Given that this import is an essential part of cubes development and deployment, I decided to find a way to get this thing done.

The issue is in the fact that nevertheless all changes made to your perspective are successfully present in the Wizard tree, they are never saved back to AOT. Therefore, the previous version of your project is always deployed to SQL, no matter what you try to achieve.

The workaround is pretty simple. Make up your perspective, run the Wizard and let it finish its job. Make Deploy option unchecked because it is pointless.



Once the Wizard window is closed, just find your project in the node of Analysis Services Projects and delete it.



Then find a recently created folder in your TEMP directory; this one must contain your recently added artifacts, say, financial dimensions as depicted.



Here we go.



Now just import this particular project back to AOT, and run the Wizard again to deploy the projects.


It is also worth double-checking the project content in Visual Studio before running the Wizard for the second time.



If you missed the target, find the right folder with your added/changed objects.

Now the Wizard should find no changes and just deploy it.