This enables you to use that same code with more than one form or report. Note If you want users to change the value that appears in the control, use the edit method modifier. For more information, see Using the edit Method Modifier. When you create or use a display method, you should be aware of the following issues: The display method is called every time that the form is redrawn.
To optimize form performance, the display method should not contain complex and time-consuming calculations. The use of a display method can cause unintended information to become visible.
For more information, see Security on Display and Edit Methods. A display method is not activated if the method appears on a hidden tabbed page. You have to add the display keyword to a form data source method when the return value of that method appears on a grid control. To improve the performance of a display method, you can cache the method.
For more information, see Caching display Methods. To create a display method To create a display method, follow these steps.
For example: display Amount amount Specify the return type. The return type should be an extended data type. In the previous step, the method has a return type of Amount. Typically, a display method returns a calculated value like a sum or count. For an example of a calculated value, see How to: Add a Control to a Form. Determine whether to add parameters to the display method. The following list shows when to add a parameter. A display method for a table, form, report, or report design does not have any parameters.
For example: display Amount amount A display method for a form data source does require a parameter. Based on the print settings print to screen, printer, or email selected by the user, a PDF file is generated to the respective print destination, which is later archived to a shared location.
Developing reports in Dynamics AX Listed below are a list of tasks that you will need to perform to build to begin developing reports in Dynamics AX: Enabling defaults Bottomline provides custom forms which come within the Dynamics AX model received after purchasing the license. XML Output location — This field describes the path of the print queue which gets automatically created in the Control Panel when an administrator installs the tool.
Screen preview temp location — This indicates the temp path for the PDF file generation. When you generate a report, the PDF file will get stored in this location and the system will open the PDF file from this location. Default testing parameters — The generated XML of the report gets stored at this file path location.
All the values in the above fields must be shared among the users using the AX system and the path entered must be of UNC type. Once the above parameters are set, reports need to be enabled that allow opening of custom reports using PrecisionForms by default instead of SSRS. The list of enabled reports will appear as follows: The Setup tab will contain the document process name which specifies the name of the Director file which determines what to do with report generation.
Clicking on View details for document process will open the document processes form which describes the name of the Director. The list shown on the left indicates the several destinations assigned to the report; select any of the destinations for report generation. The list will appear like this: Once you create your desired destinations, all of them will be listed in the Enabled reports form, and you can select the destination according to the business requirement.
The last tab in Enabled reports is a Free form label where you can add extra labels which can later be used inside the report development. You can find this application under the Windows Start menu. The PrecisionForms Director usually contains a flowchart which decides the flow of report generation; you can use built-in nodes to design the program flow. For example, when a user generates a report, the system needs to decide where the report should be printed, and that conditional logic needs to be created inside the Director application.
Search for the PrecisionForms Director application in the Windows start menu. Once you open the application, you can open an existing project as shown below: Creating a Designer file using PrecisionForms Director application PrecisionForms Designer allows you to design the layout of your report; you can use the built-in controls and sections for designing the report.
Import the XML file which was created while generating a report into this designer file as a source to start the development. The vertical pane on the left displays the list of available controls. The pane in the center is the design window, and the one on the right displays the input window.
The screenshot shows the nodes present in XML which contain standard nodes of PrecisionForms - Label nodes and table nodes which are used in the report.
The table nodes contain all the Header and Detail level fields of the Temp table.To improve the performance of a display method, you can cache the method. For more information, see Security on Display and Edit Methods. The list shown on the left indicates the several destinations assigned to the report; select any of the destinations for report generation.
You will define a dataset with properties that describe the data that will be used on the report and how it will be retrieved. Benefits of PrecisionForms over SSRS reports Instead of adopting the standard SSRS reports, reports developed using PrecisionForms have the following advantages over SSRS: Reduces implementation and migration time Instead of manually deploying the reports to each AOS server, if you need to migrate reports between servers, you can copy the respective files from source to the target environment. Search for the PrecisionForms Director application in the Windows start menu. The printer in the PrecisionForms Server will then be visible.
Contributing Author:. With the enormous amount of data being captured today, report generation has become an integral aspect of every business — big or small. Set the Table property for the control to the table that contains the display method that you want to use. For example: display Amount amount Specify the return type. When the value is False, the dataset parameter and report parameter for the default ranges are created. When you create or use a display method, you should be aware of the following issues: The display method is called every time that the form is redrawn.
This table is in the form data source. For example, when a user generates a report, the system needs to decide where the report should be printed, and that conditional logic needs to be created inside the Director application. Default testing parameters — The generated XML of the report gets stored at this file path location. The display methods can be written directly on the Temp tables used in the report. In Model Editor, right-click the new report, click Rename, and then give the report a name. If, for example, you set it to 2, only array element number two is shown.
You have to add the display keyword to a form data source method when the return value of that method appears on a grid control. For more information, see Using the edit Method Modifier. The value 0 indicates that all array elements are to be shown in the control. Next, you can drag the dataset onto the Designs node. Set the DataMethod property to the name of the display method.
The value 0 indicates that all array elements are to be shown in the control. For more information, see Caching display Methods. Report methods Report design methods You should add a display method as a table method whenever possible.