Monday, April 27, 2020

Check for Localization

Localization needs can break our existing code. Sometimes its required to consider the localized configuration for a given region and then accordinlgy take some actions.

Given below is the example where we are expected to check if the current legal entity is the localized legal entity for India.

use the below macro in the declaration section of the object

Now the macro #isoIN would be available and can be used as follows:

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Dimension Tables

Step 1: Lets take a simple scenario of creating 2 dimensions or Attributes.
  1. D1
  2. D2

Step 2: These attributes would then have values
    1.1  DXB
    1.2  IND

    2.1  SALES
    2.2  OPS
    2.3  ADMIN

Step 3: These attributes can be combined to create attribute sets. A set would have the individual dimensions and the sequence in which they are used as details
    3.1  SET1
          3.1.1  D1
          3.1.2  D2

    3.2   SET2
          3.2.1  D2
          3.2.2  D1

Step 4: Based on the sets defined above a combination of attribute values could be created
  4.1    SET1
     4.1.1   DXB+SALES
     4.1.2   DXB+OPS
     4.1.3   DXB+ADMIN

  4.2  SET2
    4.2.1    IND+SALES
    4.2.2    IND+OPS
    4.2.3    IND+ADMIN

When the above structure has to be stored in AX tables, it is divided in two parts. The part 1 takes care of storing the schema and the part 2 takes care of storing the values.

Part 1 : the details about the dimensions are stored in
  1. DimensionAttribute = this tables is the dimension master. Each dimension has 1 record in this table. (Step 1)
  2. DimensionAttributeSet = this table maintains the dimension set. (Step 3)
  3. DimensionAttributeSetItem = this table store the details of individual attributes in each set (Step 3.1.1 to 3.2.2)

 Part 2 : The *Value counterparts are :-
  1. DimensionAttributeValue : The individual values ( Step 1.1 to 2.3). There is a EntityInstance field in this table. That’s the relation to the value original table when the dimensions are not custom values.
  2. DimensionAttributeValueSet : The values corresponding to each set. There is a hash value generated for each combination of values. (a hash is a numeric equivalent of a string)  
  3. DimensionAttributeValueSetItem : The individual values for each of the attribute of the set.
  4. FinancialTagCategory: This table stores record of custom financial dimension.
  5. DimensionFinancialTag: this table stores custom financial dimensions value.

The combination of Ledger Account with the DimensionAttributes is stored in a new set of tables referred as ValueGroup Tables. As the name suggests the value group is a group that is created to store values (amounts)
  1. DimensionAttributeValueCombination: Stores combination of Ledger and DimensionAttributes
  2. DimensionAttributeValueGroup: Stores dimension group
  3. DimensionAttributeValueGroupCombination: Store relation of DimensionAttributeValueGroup and DimensionAttributeValueCombination
  4. DimensionAttributeLevelValue: Stores dimension value of ledger dimension

Monday, April 06, 2020

Partially disable dimensionDefaultingController

The requirement being restricting the dimension selection on the dimension controller based on certain business rules.

I had a requirement where the default dimensions on the employee master had to be restricted to allow entry only for a subset of the total dimensions. As shown in the screen shot below the need was to restrict the selection of only D1_Division and D3_ConsGroup on the employee master and disable the rest for data entry

The code for the same has to be written on the Active method of the relevant DataSource on the form.

    DimensionAttributeSetStorage    dimAttrSetStorage;
    DimensionAttribute              dimAttribute;
    DimensionEnumeration            dimEnumeration;

    int ret;

    ret = super();

    //The dimension controller to be locked to allow only certain dimensions to be entered.
    dimAttrSetStorage = new DimensionAttributeSetStorage();
    // D1_Division
    dimAttribute = DimensionAttribute::findByName('D1_Division');
        dimAttrSetStorage.addItem( dimAttribute.RecId, dimAttribute.HashKey, NoYes::Yes );
    // D3_ConsGroup
    dimAttribute = DimensionAttribute::findByName('D3_ConsGroup');
        dimAttrSetStorage.addItem( dimAttribute.RecId, dimAttribute.HashKey, NoYes::Yes );

    dimEnumeration =;
    dimensionDefaultingController.setEditability( true, dimEnumeration );