One of my favorite times of the year is when NetSuite releases their release notes. As a NetSuite consultant it is the prospect of obtaining new tools for your arsenal to be used during an implementation. Personally, my favorite section of the release notes is the SuiteScript section. As a rookie developer it is important to dive in and understand all changes when it comes to the code platform in NetSuite. Features you used before may not be there again, and there may be new and more efficient ways to tackle the same use cases.
The biggest addition to SuiteScript are the new N/dataset, N/workbook, and N/compress modules. With these new modules you’ll be able to, create new datasets to define your data, create dataset conditions and joins with other record types in conjunction with the N/query module, create new workbooks, define workbook visualizations, such as charts, pivots, and table views, run table views and obtain results, load existing datasets or workbooks and manage them. The opportunities and use cases for these modules are limitless. Using the N/search module, when you want to manipulate data, you only get a one level join. However, with the N/dataset and N/workbook module, you’ll be able to create as many joins as you need. For example, a N/search module search cannot obtain a list of orders that contain line items with at lease one support case. With the N/dataset and N/workbook module this use case can easily be met with a constructed data query, that is then used to build out a workbook model for analysis. The N/compress module is another useful addition to SuiteScript. Currently the out of the box file storage for a NetSuite environment is 10gb. With the compress module, you will be able to use the compress.gzip(options) method to drastically reduce the file sizes of all your documents.
Every SuiteScript developer is aware of NetSuite’s Records/Schema browser, which houses the script id’s and meta data for all records and fields in NetSuite. However, the Records browser is only able to list the out of the box fields and script id’s. In this new update, the Record’s browser will be able to connect to your environment and add any Custom Records to the Record/Schema list. Additionally, NetSuite will have a Records Catalog within your environment to view all records and custom fields in one place. You will be able to see a comprehensive list of the roles and employees who have access to any specific field. It also adds the ability to make the field mandatory at the click of a button. It is a huge time savor to not have to navigate inside the product and in the online records browser for your script id’s and meta data.
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