Welcome to the first article in my Revisiting
series. Today I'm going to talk about the now defunct Dexterity OLE Container feature in Microsoft Dynamics GP. However, not because the technology is dead, it means that you don't have to deal with OLE notes. If you are coming from older versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP and upgrading to, say, GP 2013 R2 onward you have to be substantially aware of OLE notes: how are you going to migrate these and what is there in place to replace them.Summary
In principle, OLE is a compound document technology from Microsoft based on the Component Object Model (COM)
. OLE allows an object such as a graphic, video clip, spreadsheet, etc. to be embedded into a document, called the Container Application. The Dexterity OLE Container
is part of the Dexterity Shared Components
. In OLE compound document technology, it is the OLE client application (CONTAIN.EXE
), which holds the linked or embedded objects. The Dexterity OLE Container first surfaced with the release of Dexterity 3.0 in 1993.
It is important to note that the OLE client application and the OLE functionality is still available to Dexterity developers today, but the functionality began phasing out from Microsoft Dynamics GP since version 12 (GP 2013 R2) with the introduction of the Web Client. More on this below.
You can read my previous articles on the OLE Container,…