Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Job to export AX 2012 label file in Dynamics 365 FOEE format for easy movement

I am maintaining an ISV solution across AX 2012 and Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition, and when there is development in one, porting those changes to the other can be a hassle.

If I create a label in Dynamics AX 2012, exactly creating it in D365 isn't straight forward/simple.

I quickly wrote this simple job to export a label to a format that can be easily imported into Dynamics 365. I simply looked at how D365 label text is stored and inferred this, so I haven't done extensive testing, but it seems to work fine for several hundred labels when comparing via WinMerge what my job outputs vs what D365 contains.

static void AlexOnDaxExportLabelToD365(Args _args)
    str                         labelFileId         = 'QUA';
    str                         language            = 'en-us';
    Filename                    labelFilenameD365   = @'C:\Temp\AlexLabel.label.txt';
    LabelId                     labelId;
    LabelString                 labelString;
    LabelDescription            labelDescription;
    Set                         setLabelIds;
    SetEnumerator               se;
    SysLabelFileReader          labelFileReader;
    TextIo                      textIo;
    SysLabelFile                labelFile = SysLabelFile::newLanguageModule(language, labelFileId);
    if (!Label::flush(labelFileId, language))
        throw error(strFmt("Unable to flush label %1 in language %2", labelFileId, language));
    new FileIOPermission(labelFilenameD365, 'W').assert();
    // This just create the file if it doesn't exist
    textIo = new TextIo(labelFilenameD365, #IO_Write, #utf8Format);
    textIo = null;

    // We output the file somewhere  
    if (labelFile.toFile(labelFilenameD365, true))
        labelFileReader = SysLabelFileReader::newFileClient(labelFilenameD365);

        if (labelFileReader)
            setLabelIds = labelFileReader.labelIds();
    if (!(setLabelIds && labelFileReader))
        throw error("Unable to get label");
    textIo = new TextIo(labelFilenameD365, #IO_Write, #utf8Format);
    se = setLabelIds.getEnumerator();
    while (se.moveNext())
        labelId             = se.current();
        labelString         = labelFileReader.labelText(labelId);
        labelDescription    = labelFileReader.labelDescription(labelId);
        // There must be a value
        if (!labelString)
            labelString = ' ';
        if (labelDescription)
            textIo.write(labelId + '=' + labelString + '\n' + ' ;' + labelDescription);
            textIo.write(labelId + '=' + labelString);
    textIo.write(''); // Write ending CR
    textIo = null;
    info(strFmt("Finished converting %1 to Dynamics 365 for Operations label file", labelFilenameD365));


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