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Title:Is there a maximum number of lines that can be inserted in any given scrolling window?
Description:Folks, this one can rather come across as a brain teaser or a catchy certification question, but don't be surprised by how often I get asked during a demo and how often I -- and many others -- have automatically provided the unequivocal answer "Unlimited!". The question comes in various flavors, for example:

  • How many distributions can I add to a journal entry?
  • How many line items can I add to a Sales document?
  • How many line items can I add on a Purchase Order?
Unlimited? The truth is, there is a limit to everything, whether the contraints are imposed by physical storage capacity or by a data type definition, the fact is, it's nonetheless a limit.

So let's take a look.

The Line Sequence Number field in Dynamics GP is generally defined as an integer value. According to Microsoft SQL Server Books Online, an integer requires 4 bytes of storage, which means it can any number between -2^31 and 2^31 or -2,147,483,647 and 2,147,483,647. Now consider this, the first line sequence number in a scrolling window is generally initialized with a value of 16,384 or 2^14, so mathematically speaking, a user will be able to add 131,072 lines or 2^17 before they hit an error and have to resort to inserting distribution lines in between the previous 131,072 ones.

I don't know about you, but 131,072 lines in a scrolling window sound like quite a bit of lines -- but certainly not unlimited -- before you even begin to consider inserting lines in between, but you never know when you will come across that one customer who will push the system to it's limit.

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Mariano Gomez, MIS, MCP, MVP, PMP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
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