Thursday, November 20, 2014 #

"Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Application Design book" is out!

Only few words to say that the book Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Application Design book is out.
This is not a standard book about NAV and its features, this is a book with a clear concept in mind: help people to solve problems with NAV and write code in an elegant and efficient way, respecting standards and patterns.
If you're a serious NAV developers, this is the book for you!
Feel free (if you've other topics that you would like to be covered) to contact me...

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 3:38 PM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 #

Packt Publishing is growing...

Packt Publishing, the IT publishing company that I had the privilege to collabourate with in the past, has reached an important goal in these days: 2000 titles published.
For this event, they have an amazing Buy One Get One free offer for their entire books catalogue. Check the offer here:



Congrats guys!

posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:12 AM

Thursday, August 16, 2012 #

Windows 8 is here...

With August, here is the summer present from Microsoft: Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012 are ready to download and install.

Here how to remember about the upgrade process from Windows 7 (I think I'll choose this road):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions

Can't wait to try the new OS on a Surface device...

posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, October 06, 2011 #

Forever with us… thank you Steve!

SteveJobs

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

posted @ Thursday, October 06, 2011 2:46 PM | Feedback (22)

Friday, November 19, 2010 #

iNAV step 1

I’ve to admit that working with Visual Studio is more and more productive that working on iOS, but despite the difficulties my iNAV “free time” project has reached the first step.

Actually my Dynamics NAV iPhone client permits you the access to your sales and purchase data (only readonly mode).

When you launch the iPhone client, you can see this functional menu:

By clicking on Customers (the same for Vendors) you have access to the Customers list from your Dynamics NAV (on te list you can immediately see Customer Name and Customer No.):

You can now scroll and select the Customer you want to check its details (obviously the details card is not complete now):

The same for the other sections. If you click for example on Sales Quotes, you can see the list of your Dynamics NAV Sales Quotes (Number and Customer Name):

When you select the desired Sales Quote to check, you can see its details (not complete now):

The same for example for a Sales Invoice you select:

You can check all your ERP documents on mobility directly from your iPhone Sorriso

The next steps are:

  • Improve details for every documents
  • Application Settings with parameter for accessing Dynamics NAV and more.
  • Better UI

and after that I would like to create the possibility to Synch with NAV at startup and then having all the documents offline on your device.

Stay tuned… Sorriso

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Friday, November 12, 2010 #

iNAV: features?

Imagine that you've an iPhone client for NAV on your hands... what features do you like to have on your Apple device?

For my iNAV project, I'm thinking to create these features (as a first stage):

  • Access to Customers and Vendor details
  • Access to all Sales data (orders and invoices) for a given customer
  • Access to all Purchase data (orders and invoices) for a given vendor
  • Possibility to save data for offline usage

If you've any other ideas or requests, please share here

 

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010 #

Working on iNAV

As many of you already know, I’m a big fan of Apple’s mobile devices and in these last months my “free time” interest is focused on developing applications for iOS.

Actually I’ve on my mind to work on an iPhone (and iPad later) application for accessing Microsoft Dynamics NAV data from an Apple mobile device (an iPhone client for NAV). I think that having a real time access from an iPhone to your corporate Dynamics NAV data could be interesting for many users.

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I hope to write here soon what will happen during this development. If you’re an Apple iOS user and you have Dynamics NAV as your ERP, what do you think could be interesting to have?

UPDATE:

Here's the first real screenshot of the application's skeleton:


iNAV first preview

 

 

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Sunday, October 31, 2010 #

I was hacked…

Seems that this weekend someone from Iran has nothing more important to do than hacking my personal website:

SitoHackerato

Are you happy now?

posted @ Sunday, October 31, 2010 2:50 PM | Feedback (7)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 #

Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™

This is what I call "productivity"... really interesting, check it!

posted @ Wednesday, August 04, 2010 10:37 PM | Feedback (5)

Friday, January 15, 2010 #

Update your calendar…

Rob Caron has shared the news: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on Monday, 12 April 2010.

Wonderful

posted @ Friday, January 15, 2010 12:30 PM | Feedback (1)

Thursday, December 31, 2009 #

Happy New Year!!

Only few words to all my reader... I wish you a wonderful and successful new year 2010!! Happy new year!!

posted @ Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:43 PM | Feedback (1)

Sunday, December 20, 2009 #

How to rename a Sharepoint Content Database

During the Sharepoint setup process (all versions), a Content Database is created on SQL Server and the possibility to rename it during the creation process is often hide.

By default Sharepoint creates a Content Database by adding a GUID to the end of the database name. The result is that you have a SQL Server DB like this:

WSSContentDBRename

This is not easy to read and you don’t have immediate undertanding of what is the site related to this Content Database. If I create a site called “MySite”, I’d like to have a Content Database called for example “WSS_Content_MySite”.

How to rename a Content Database? This is not an immediate task and when I’ve to perform this task, I always refer to the wonderful Sean’s post:

To rename it, we are going to:

  • Take the database Offline (so nobody adds anything to it while we are renaming)
  • Detach the database from SharePoint
  • Back up the database using SQL Management Studio
  • Restore the database using our desired name using SQL Management Studio
  • Re-attach the database to SharePoint

Start by going to Central Administration –> Application Management and click on Content Databases

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Select the Web Application associated with the database you want to rename, and click on the Database name itself.

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Change the Database Status to Offline (which just makes it so that no new sites can be added to the database), click OK.  Click on the database again, select “Remove content database” and click OK.  This does not delete the database, just removes it from SharePoint.

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Switch over to SQL Management Studio, and back up the database, then take it offline.

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Next… restore the database

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And choose a friendly name to restore the database to.  In this case, it will be the ContentDB for my My Sites.

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Switch back over to Central Admin (you probably still have open) and click on “Add a content database”

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Change the database to your new friendly name, and hit OK.  Voila!  You now have a database name that makes sense.  Once you have verified that everything still works, you can go back into the SQL Management Studio and delete the database that you previously took offline.

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I hope this could be helpful for everyone and thanks to Sean for the tips.

 

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Monday, November 30, 2009 #

Microsoft xRM: a winning idea?

One of the new terms that is emerging always more on the Microsoft Dynamics universe is xRM.

Do you know CRM (Customer Relationship Management)? Now take the letter “C” out of the CRM term and place a variable called “X” inside the word “Relationship Management”. The translation of this into a more technical language is simply that now you’ve to start seeing Microsoft Dynamics CRM not only like a standard CRM platform, but always more like a platform where to start building line of business applications.

The xRM concept in my opinion opens a wide range of opportunities for customers and for partners. You can work with a consolidated web platform, always updated with the latest technologies, for building your applications in an easy manner.

Working with the xRM Framework permits you to have “out of the box” features like:

  • Possibility to model your entities and your form directly via a web interface
  • Enhanced security (record-level security, record ownership and sharing, roles, scopes, business units etc.).
  • Multi-tenant applications (more companies with data separation)
  • Workflow engine based on Windows Workflow, with the possibility for the end user to self made custom workflow directly from the web platform.
  • Enhanced Reporting features
  • Web Services layer for interaction with the platform in a SOA environment (with all the related security features like filtered views)
  • Office integration (Excel, Outlook, Word).

Building new web applications starting from this Framework is a big advantage…

But how to make xRM a winner?

I think that Microsoft should start thinking to a new licensing for having Microsoft CRM not like a standard CRM application but only like a platform where to build LOB applications. If you pay X for the standard CRM platform, you could pay X/n for having the CRM Framework itself.

If this will happen soon, prepare yourself to see always more xRM applications growing…

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 #

Sharepoint 2010 and Workflows: what about .NET 4.0?

As you already know, Microsoft has finally released a public beta of Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010 (available from here).

Starting from this Beta 1, we’re working hard on Sharepoint 2010 and I want to write this post not for celebrate the big amount of interesting new features of the platform but to signal an important lack (or at least I think so).

Sharepoint 2010 actually doesn’t support .NET 4.0, it runs in .NET 3.5 SP1. I think that the main reason for this choice was due to the fact that actually .NET 4.0 is still not RTM'd (so not ready to be the core of the new Sharepoint engine), but I really hope that Microsoft is thinking to release as soon as possible a product update (maybe a SP1?) in order to give the .NET 4.0 support.

This is extremely important mainly for the workflow engine. Sharepoint workflows are based on WF 3.5, so we don’t have all the advantages of the new WF 4.0 engine (Windows Workflow was totally rewritten on .NET 4.0).

My question to the Sharepoint Team is mainly this: Can we have a chance to see WF 4.0 in Sharepoint 2010 or we’ve to wait until Sharepoint 2010 SPx? Please don’t answer me to wait until SharePoint vNextNext…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 #

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and WPF designer

After a week of testing Visual Studio 2010, I think that the integrated WPF Designer is not so stable…

I’ve successfully converted all my projects to the new version and all works good. However, when I work directly on the XAML editor on a WPF form, sometimes if a designer error occours, Visual Studio crashes. This problem occours expecially on two projects where I’ve used the WPF Toolkit.

Someone has experienced problems like this?

I think that the integrated WPF Designer lacks again… if you’re not a good designer like me and you love to work directly with XAML (I’ve always edit a WPF form via XAML), sometimes you’ve to rebuild the solution in order to see the form refreshed. Not so good…

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