OK, this isn’t a normal Catalina post about programming and how to integrate things. This is one of our side projects in gardening. One of the things that we are very passionate about is local farming and trying to figure out how to create economical farming that produces high nutritional value food, reduce water usage (we are in Southern California), and get food to people who need it.
I used Sketchup to design a simple rain gutter garden (Inspired by Larry Hall and the great folks at the Rain Gutter Grow System Page on Facebook Link to Group Page)
If you want the file I did to create this model, you can download it here: Link for Sketchup file for rain gutter garden
If you don’t know what Sketchup is, you should. It is a great 3D tool that helps you design and explain ideas and designs to others with a simple to use interface. You can see more here Sketchup Website.
Here is the actual system in action:
There are many times where you want to be able to import sales orders into Dynamics SL and have SL automatically price the order items for you (instead of you manually setting it). This is easy to do in REST, because you can omit fields like CurySlsPrice and then the RESTful API will see that as a null and then ask SL to price for you. But SOAP isn’t as simple since passing nulls isn’t as easy.
We have a simple way of handling this by a secret number. Yes, I said that right. We use a secret number (-999876 to be exact). This is a very unlikely number to ever have a price set as in SL. So, if you set the sales price of a line item to -999876, the Catalina API will then ask SL to automatically price it for you. If you pass any other number, the Catalina API will use that number for pricing override.
Here is an example: (NOTE: see the setting of the orderItems array, both the CurySlsPrice and CuryCost is getting set to -999876. This tells the Catalina API that it is to use the SL sales price for the customer and follow all pricing rules setup against the customer, price class, quantity ordered, etc.
// Test placing an order with the bare minimum
ctDynamicsSL.orders.order oOrder = new ctDynamicsSL.orders.order
SOTypeID = "SO", // set your order type (must be a valid soTypeID)
CustID = "C300", // which customer are you creating an order for (must be a valid CustID)
ShipViaID = "BEST", // how are you shipping it (ust be a valid shipViaID)
ShiptoID = "DEFAULT", // Which ShipToID for the customer are you shipping to (must be a valid shipto address for the customer)
AdminHold = true, // for kicks, we are going to put it on admin hold
// create an array of orderItems with the bare minimum (this allows SL to price)
List<ctDynamicsSL.orders.orderItem> orderItems = new List<ctDynamicsSL.orders.orderItem>();
InvtID = "0RCRANK", // which invtID are you sending this to? (must be a valid InvtID)
CurySlsPrice = -999876, // -999876 is a secret number that will tell the web services to allow SL to price the item
CuryCost = -999876, // if you want to price this yourself, just put in the amount you want to price
Taxable = 1
oOrder.orderItems = orderItems.ToArray();
// lets place the order using placeOrder()
var placedOrder = OrderService.placeOrder(oOrder);
// if there is a value in the errorString property of the returned object, then there was an error
if(placedOrder.errorString.Trim() != "")
Console.WriteLine("An Error Occurred: " + placedOrder.errorString.Trim());
Console.WriteLine("Order Created: " + placedOrder.OrdNbr);
You can see the full example on GitHub here: https://github.com/CatalinaTechnology/ctAPIClientExamples/tree/master/TestSLConsole
Catalina Technology has an API that allows you to integrate with Dynamics SL’s Quick Query through both SOAP and REST interfaces. This example shows you how to make a call to Quick Query using RESTful API.
If you want to learn about the SOAP methods, you can see an earlier blog post here:
Example of building a Form Client to use the Catalina Quick Query SOAP Web Service
First, thing you can do is look at your swagger documentation by directing your browser to the swagger docs on your ctDynamicsSL web application. Continue reading “Dynamics SL Quick Query through Catalina’s RESTful API”