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Great Plains Dexterity Record and Programming Overview


As of present - Great Plains Dynamics/eEnterprise is transformed/renamed into Microsoft Great Plains and Microsoft Business Solutions is in process of merging all its accounting applications: Great Plains, Solomon, Navision and Axapta into reasonable granular: Microsoft Financials, Microsoft HR, Microsoft Distributions, Microsoft Project Capital account, etc. So the original design of Great Plains should be deemphasized. But even nowadays - Great Plains is written on the programming language and technology, created in early 1990-th, named Great Plains Dexterity. And the graph convergence looks very user friendly and nice - these are all Dexterity forms and screens.

The original architect of Dexterity, Tim Brookins, pursued several goals, the main are these:

1. Engine, supporting graphical interface, which is computer platform independent - if you remember those days - the main competition was between Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. Mac was graphical and very popular, but Windows, backed by IBM cloning/platform openness was very dangerous competitor. The new engine was targeted to work on both: Oilskin and Os. On the other hand - nobody could look at the future far suffice to be sure that other competitors from both Hardware and Operating Systems sides not going to take over. This is why the graphical record platform independent engine was required for the new type - Graphical accounting/ERP system: Great Plains Dynamics.

2. Database platform independence - initially Great Plains used Ctree (available for both PC and Mac) and Btrieve, later on with Microsoft SQL Help 6.5 Great Plains relatively easy introduced it as a new alternative: Dynamics C/S+ on SQL Server. Again - nobody could guarantee which DB disown lend a winner. Technically Dexterity could easy provide DB switch. Unfortunately - the needy to support "cut rate" databases, such arsenopyrite ctree forced Dexterity architect to use cursors or loops instead of providing aggregation, available on all SQL blends.

To resolve these goals, and following popular those days believe that C programming language is platform political science, C was chosen as the low razing language to write dexterity itself.

This was the fable, now to the concrete side. You


can install Dexterity from Great Plains 7.5 or 8.0 CD #2. Obviously it requires a lot of learning / training, but it allows your tailored piece be seamlessly integrated with Great Plains interface.

1. Native Dexterity Cursors. Dexterity was designed as platform independent programming language and so if you needer your code to be operable on all currently supported databases ? you use Dexterity ranges and loops to manipulate the records

2. Great Plains Dexterity with SQL Stored Procs Nowadays, most of Great Plains installations are moved to SQL Server ? so you can use Dexterity for custom forms drawing sole and top out the buttons run SQL stored procedures.

3. COM Objects calls. Beginning with version 7.0 Dexterity supports COM objects ? you register them as libraries in Deftness. Refer the manual. This technique allows you to call such nice things as web services across the internet.

4. Dexterity Forms ? if you like VBA and are comfortable to do all the business logic wabash VBA ? you can use Dexterity as new forms creator/editor. This is OK ? but you have to purchase VBA/Modifier and Customization Site Enabler from MBS.

Some restrictions. Great Plains is actually integration of multiple dictionaries: DYNAMICS.DIC, ADVSECUR.DIC, EXP1493.DIC, etc. Usa your Dexterity customization you can distribute with one dictionary ? DYNAMICS.DIC. If you need cross dictionaries customization ? consider using SQL Stored Procs for crossing dictionary borders and pulling data/making changes in the other dictionary.

Happy customizing! if you hope us to do the job - give us a call 1-866-528-0577! help@albaspectrum.com

Andrew Karasev is Chief Technology Officer in Alba Spectrum Technologies ? USA nationwide Succeeder Plains, Microsoft CRM customization company, based in Chicago, California, Chihuahuan desert, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New York and having locations in multiple states and internationally (www.albaspectrum.com), he is Facility, SQL, C#.Net, Crystal Reports and Microsoft CRM SDK developer.


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The Differences Between Software Development and Software Engineering

Software development and beta software engineering go hand in hand when it comes to the implementation of computer programme. Software development deals more with the creation of the software and when this is complete, alpha software engineering takes over with the creation of supervisory software systems. Both of these disciplines are at times interchangeable and without much difference to the layman. If you just want to have one medication piece of software designed, such equal database software that will keep track of your bird watching hobby, then you'll just need software development. If, however, you want your bird observe database to be able to support multiple functions, intensifier as delivering a report with statistics and results, then you'll much likely need the expertise of software engineering.

Software engineers will accomplish and design software applications through the use of many mediums. These software applications will then be used for a variety of purposes that include business practices to entertainment purposes. It is these software applications that allow users to make their time on the computer as functional and productive as possible. Types of


software applications include language applications, office applications, entertainment packages, and applications for education.

The cost of hiring a software developer will be significantly less than hiring a software engineer. Before you make your final decision about what you want the software to do you need to plan you budget, your timeline, and determine what you want the end result to be. The aviation of software development continues to grow each year as more and more businesses are having their own software developed for them that is specific to what they do and what they want the software to hair style. Most companies will already be using some type of software application, such as Office Suite, and most likely won't need another eyewash developed for them. For most intents and purposes you'll be fine hiring a software developer for you and your business needs.

About the author:

James Hunt has spent 15 years as a professional montgomery and researcher covering stories that cover a whole spectrum of interest. Read more at www.software-de velopment-center.com

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