Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Debug/Test SSRS report in AX 2012

People came across issues like report is not showing data on report or data is not per their expectation. It is really hard to judge where it goes wrong and what needs to be correct in which class RDP, Contract, UI or Controller.

Following sample job can be used to debug SSRS report processing data and lead to find what goes unexpected. For more information about classes and table used in this example please read my previous post

static void FF_ReportDPTest(Args _args)
    // temp table declaration
    FF_ReportTmpTable       ffReportTmp;
    // RDP class binded with FF_Report
    FF_ReportDP             dataProvider = new FF_ReportDP();
    // Contract class for report parameters
    FF_ReportContract       contract = new FF_ReportContract();
    // Parameters for reports   
    FreeText                companyName;
    CustAccount             customerAccount;
    // set parameters to contract class

    // set contract parameters to RDP class
    // call Data provider class to process report.
    // retrieve data from RDP class into temp table
    ffReportTmp = dataProvider.getFF_ReportReportTmp();

    // select data from temp table for testing purpose.   
    while select ffReportTmp


Run SSRS report from AX form

Continue from my previous post where I developed an example using all SSRS framework classes. One of them is controller class which is used to call SRS report from AX forms.

Just for the note controller class is used for following purposes.
  1. Modifying a report query based on the input data
  2. Modifying report contract data based on the input data
  3. Control a report parameters dialog
  4. Open different reports/designs from the same menu item based on the input data
  5. Reports that are opened from a form

Example; how to call report from AX form button/menuitembutton click

void clicked()
    CustOpenInvoices        custOpenInvoicesLocal;
    SrsReportRunController  controller = new FF_ReportController();
    SrsReportDataContract   contract;
    FF_ReportContract       rdpContractClass;
    controller.parmReportName(ssrsReportStr(FF_Report, PrecisionDesign));

    contract = controller.parmReportContract();
    rdpContractClass = contract.parmRdpContract() as FF_ReportContract;


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Customise code tagging in AX 2012 – MS Dynamics AX Best practice

Code commenting is one of the best practice for any software development which really helps other team mates or future developers to understand code quickly. Code comments should be enough expounding for others.

MS Dynamics AX provides diverse possibilities to comment out code in much better and generic way through scripts. This can be used by right click in any method within AOT objects as shown;

Here we also have tagging option to use generic way to comment out our code and this could be really helpful when working on big projects. MS Dynamics AX uses a class EditorScript behind these scripts tool, I added a following method under this class for specific code comment pattern.

public void tagging_CodeModifications(Editor editor)
    int currentLineNo = editor.selectionStartLine();
    int currentCol    = editor.selectionStartCol();
    int selectedLine  = editor.selectionEndLine(); 
    Dialog          dialog          = new Dialog("Enter Project Number");  
    DialogField     dlgExtTypeName  = dialog.addField(extendedTypeStr(Name));
    container       dialogValue; 
    str tab = ""; 
    tab = strRep('\t', currentCol/4); 
    dialogValue = xSysLastValue::getValue(curExt(), curUserId(), UtilElementType::ClassInstanceMethod,    'SaveLastValue');

    if (dialogValue != conNull())
        dlgExtTypeName.value(conPeek(dialogValue, 1));

    if (
        dialogValue = conNull(); 
        dialogValue += dlgExtTypeName.value(); 
        xSysLastValue::putValue(dialogValue, curExt(), curUserId(), UtilElementType::ClassInstanceMethod, 'SaveLastValue'); 
        editor.gotoLine(currentLineNo - 1);
        editor.insertLines(strFmt('// Project_%1 %2 %3 ---> %4 %5', dlgExtTypeName.value(), strReplace(curUserId(),'I_',""), systemDateGet(), #NextLine, tab));
        editor.gotoLine(selectedLine + 2); 
        editor.insertLines(strFmt('%1// Project _%2 %3 %4 <---', tab, dlgExtTypeName.value(), strReplace(curUserId(),'I_',""), systemDateGet(), #NextLine));


Click OK; following lines will be added into code.

// Project_CustInvoice faisal.f 24/12/2014 --->
// Project_CustInvoice faisal.f 24/12/2014 <--- data-blogger-escaped-span="">

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Business/Working days in AX

Following job is to calculate business days/working days in AX using base calendars.

In my case base calendar name is "24/5" you can change it as per your setup.

static void businessdaysInPeriod(Args _args)
    WorkCalendarSched workCalendarSched;
    date start;
    date end;
    counter workingdays;
    counter totaldays;
    CalendarId primCalendar="24/5";

    start = str2date("21-11-2014",123);
    end   = str2Date("26-11-2015",123);

    workCalendarSched = new workCalendarSched();



    info(strfmt("Total days: : %1",totaldays));
    info(strfmt("Total working days: : %1",workingdays));


Monday, December 8, 2014

Stop deletion of record from a table

Recently came across an issue where records from customized tables were being deleted occasionally. Following wat did a quick fix for me to stop further records delete from table. 

Overwrite delete method on table and comment super(). This also stops deletion from code, e.g. if we write query delete_from table this commented super will prevent user to delete record from table.

public void delete()

This will also stop deletion from code too. e.g.

It worked fine but records can also be deleted by pressing Ctrl+F9 on table browser. To handle this situation I overwrite validateDelete method on table and returned False from there.

public boolean validateDelete()
    boolean ret;

    ret = super();

    return false;


Send email from AX using live or gmail exchange server

You may find few more posts over this topic to send emails from AX using live (Hotmail) or gmail exchange server. This is really helpful when we don’t have exchange is in place sometimes due to high cost or you just want to send emails for testing or demo purpose.

Let’s see what parameters need to setup and how can we achieve this requirement.
Go to System Administration | Setup | System | E-mail parameters

P.S. I am using a dedicated email account at outlook (Hotmail) domain for this example. NTLM option can also be used; TechNet article is more helpful to get more information on these parameters.

Here is the job I wrote to send email for selected user. I name it SendTextMail as in my following post I will be writing to send invitation from AX using Hotmail or Gmail exchange server.

static void SendTextMail(Args _args)
    System.Net.Mail.MailMessage             mailMessage;
    System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient              myMail;
    System.Net.Mail.MailAddressCollection   mailcoll;
    System.Net.Mail.MailAddress             mailFrom;
    System.Net.Mail.MailAddress             mailTo;
    System.Net.Mail.MailAddress             mailCC;
    str                                     receiverMailAddress;
    str                                     mailBody;
    str                                     smtpServer;
    str                                     mailSubject;
    str                                     CcMailAddress;
    int                                     SMTPPort;
    str                                     mail;
    str                                     pwd;

    Dialog dialog = new Dialog('Email');
    Dialogfield     person, emailSubject, emailBody;
    HcmWorker       hcmWorker;
    UserInfo        userInfo;
    DirPersonUser   dirPersonUser;
    SysUserInfo     sysUserInfo;
    SysEmailParameters parameters;

    // dialog field to select user to whom email will be send
    person          = dialog.addField(extendedTypeStr(HcmWorkerRecId ), 'Person :' );   
    emailSubject    = dialog.addField(extendedTypeStr(Description), 'Subject :' );      // Email Subject
    emailBody       = dialog.addField(extendedTypeStr(Notes), 'Body :' );               // Email Body

        parameters = SysEmailParameters::find();   // Find values from Email Parameters

        new InteropPermission(InteropKind::ClrInterop).assert();

        // gets HcmWorker record based on person selected from user dialog
        hcmWorker = hcmWorker::find(person.value()); 

        if(!hcmWorker.RecId)   // Verify either user exist or not
            throw error('User not found');

        select firstOnly dirPersonUser
            join userInfo
                where dirPersonUser.PersonParty == DirPartyTable::findByName( &&
        == dirPersonUser.User;

        select firstOnly sysUserInfo
            where sysUserInfo.Id ==;      // Retrieve user info record for selected user

        mailSubject         = emailSubject.value();
        mailFrom            = new  System.Net.Mail.MailAddress(parameters.SMTPUserName ,"Name");
        mailTo              = new  System.Net.Mail.MailAddress(sysUserInfo.Email);
        //mailTo            = new  System.Net.Mail.MailAddress("");
        //mailCC            = new  System.Net.Mail.MailAddress("";
        mailcoll            = new  System.Net.Mail.MailAddressCollection();
        mailBody            = emailBody.value();

            // using the SMTP server ip //setup in email Parameters
            smtpServer          = SysEmaiLParameters::find(false).SMTPRelayServerName;  
            mailMessage         = new System.Net.Mail.MailMessage(mailFrom,mailTo);

            SMTPPort            = SysEmaiLParameters::find(false).SMTPPortNumber;
            myMail              = new System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient(smtpServer, SMTPPort);

           // For SSL enabled mail servers. Ex: gmail,, port 465 or 587

            pwd = SysEmaiLParameters::password();

            mymail.set_Credentials(New System.Net.NetworkCredential(parameters.SMTPUserName, pwd));

            throw Exception::CLRError;


UI of the utility