All around NAV dev and test
Microsoft is really working hard on improving the Dynamics NAV upgrade story. Those who took part in the round table we held at the Dutch Dynamics Community with Dmitry Chadayev and Morten Jensen from Microsoft on last March 11, and those that attended the Upgrade session by Dmitry later that day, can tell. Both Dmitry and Morten, but probably more of their colleagues are really committed to this. And while they have been and are still working hard on this they are still very much interested in input form the field. And for sure not in the least from customers.
So because of that they have published a survey on Customer Source and are asking you all to contribute to their effort by providing them with your input.
So go there an do your thing.
The user interface of the XMLport has always been somewhat of a black swan. On the classic platform it was absent and you had to work around it yourself. With the emerge of the windows client (RTC) we did get a request page as one of the incentives for us to start adopting the 3-tier technology. And of course, with NAV 2013, the XMLport became the lawful heir of the deprecated Dataport. Nevertheless, it remains a black swan as the request page does not meet some of the standard features we know from pages and report request pages, as I only found out a couple of weeks ago. Talking about a black swan.
Did you notice that the About This Page feature is lacking on the XMLport request page?
And what about that Copy Link to XMLport action on the ribbon?
Why has this been implemented different from the same on the report request page and page objects? Just for completeness have a look at the objects:
I wouldn't call this a consistent UX.
OK, the Link to ... does what it should do even though UX-wise it's not consistent, but the lacking About this Page is something different. I have no means to identify the ID of the XMLport and use that in a bug report ...
Of course I created a msconnect entry here to ask for more consistency (or at least get an About This Page feature for the XMLport).
4th time in a row Microsoft has given me the MVP award. Even though I personally feel I haven't been on the edge of things as in the previous years, I know I have been doing my best the past year to share my knowledge and experience and bother Microsoft enough. Having been engaged primarily with a dev team at an end-user clearly got me off-edge, not saying that it hasn't been worthwhile as it clearly was, not in the least due to the people I have been working with, but also the change of perspective. Thanx, guys!
I surely haven't been writing a lot recently having been very busy with different projects like SEPA updates, conducting and organizing course, the Dutch Dynamics Community, TFS consulting, etc. And of course, trying to balance it all with the rest of daily live, which continues to be challenge for me.
A big hand to all who have been part of this all and supported me very well.