For those who don't know already .. With DDC I mean "Dutch Dynamics Community". Tonight, once again, I decided to defy the bad weather .. to go to the session that Per Mogensen was doing about "Upgrading Best Practices". It's always nice to gain insight on that .. because let's be honest .. NAV2013 is a hot topic .. so upgrading to it is as well. I was told that the recording of Per's session will be on the website of the DDC asap. I strongly recommend you to download and watch it, as it contains quite some tips and tricks you want to know.
I would like to share just a few touch points already :-). But before I start, just wanted to share that I really love the DDC sessions: down-to-earth, to-the-point, perfectly put together, nice atmosphere. As the BDC is "sleeping" at the moment, I'm glad there is the DDC to "satisfy my hunger" to NAV community (if that's an expression at all) ;-).
Why upgrade to NAV?
Always a good question. It's never good to upgrade "just for the heck of it" , is it ;-). Well, one of the better remarks here was the huge improvement regarding performance. Per explained that the caching has improved a lot about performance: instead of reading the G/L Setup about 200 times in a posting routine, it's going to read it only once .. going from about 1200 SQL transactions to about 480 in 2013 is absolutely great!
Another remark I liked, was .. It's future-proof. Upgrading from this version on is going to be simple for future versions. This is obviously speculation .. but then again, it makes sense: the basics are there now .. finished and as we like it.
A few things in the "old versions" will cause you the amount of headaches you really won't appreciate… . One of it is "Dimensions". While Dimension changes were great nevertheless .. This has involved quite some changes in code throughout the entire application. You will going to have to take that into account!
In the same list, we're obviously also thinking of: Costing, Warehouse Mgt, Item Tracking (of course .. ), … .
What about Forms?
We all know by now that the classic stack has disappeared. So Forms, Classic reports, … are gone! This means: forms will have to be transformed to pages. And you have a few approaches for that:
But in any case .. no forms anymore! :-).
I heard that Reports are no problem at all .. Is that right?
Uhm .. how do I bring this most gently.
No, seriously, you have to keep in mind that you'll have to seriously manage your reporting, especially when you're still do your reporting in classic. But also for those who already turned to RDLC: there are still a few points to think about, with a main thing that was mentioned: Microsoft also changed the basic reports. This is good, but if you also changed these reports, upgrading is next to impossible, as there seems to be no good way to be merging these huge text objects .. .
But this doesn't have to be a problem "per se": there are new possibilities now. I'm thinking of:
And a way to trigger what reports are actually used at a customer. So only do those things you really have to do, and reconsider whether "reports" is the right platform/way to do it. E.g. you might want to replace some reports with PowerPivots, based on Odata.. .
Sure, a lot, but again, watch the DDC website for the recording. A few points to mention (really have to go to sleep now..):
To conclude, let's just share the few steps you'll need to upgrade:
Now, I'm going to sleep .. as tomorrow, I'll have another Per-day: going through his Mergetool :-).
Per mentions on one of his slides that "Microsoft has released stand-alone code conversion program too". Do you have any details about that?
If I'm not mistaken, you can find it on the product cd, in the folder:
CD:\UpgradeToolKit\Object Change Tools
Report upgrade is not hard if you know what you are doing. I’m down to 10-15 min for list reports and couple of hours for large document reports. This include using the new Report UX Guidelines. I admit it took me a while to understand all the new ways of doing things in Visual Studio, but I have now upgraded around 1000 Classic reports. So now I’m just a report upgrade machine :-)
If DDC want a best practice on Report Upgrade they can just give me call. :-)
Great off. Sure going to contact you.