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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 7 Programming Cookbook

Rakesh Raul

Learn to customize, integrate and administer NAV 7 using practical, hands-on recipes
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849689106
Paperback312 pages

About This Book

  • Integrate NAV with external applications, using the C/AL or SQL server
  • Develop .NET code to extend NAV programming possibilities
  • Administer the Microsoft NAV 7 server and database

Who This Book Is For

If you are a junior / entry-level NAV developer then the first half of the book is designed primarily for you. You may or may not have any experience programming. It focuses on the basics of NAV programming.

If you are a mid-level NAV developer, you will find these chapters explain how to think outside of the NAV box when building solutions. There are also recipes that senior developers will find useful.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: String, Dates, and Other Data Types
Retrieving the system date and time
Retrieving the work date
Determining the day, month, and year from a given date
Using the date formula to calculate dates
Converting a value to a formatted string
Creating an array
Creating an option variable
Converting a string to another data type
Manipulating string contents
Chapter 2: General Development
Displaying the progress bar and data in process
Repeating code using a loop
Checking for conditions using an IF statement
Using the CASE statement to test multiple conditions
Rounding decimal values
Creating functions
Passing parameters by reference
Referencing dynamic tables and fields
Using recursion
Chapter 3: Working with Tables, Records, and Queries
Creating a table
Adding a key to a table
Retrieving data using the FIND and GET statements
Advanced filtering
Adding a FlowField
Creating a SumIndexField
Retrieving data from FlowField and SumIndexField
Using a temporary table
Retrieving data from other companies
Using a query to extract data
Creating a query to link three tables
Working with queries in C/AL
Chapter 4: Designing Pages
Creating a page using a wizard
Using multiple options to run the page
Applying filters on the lookup page
Updating the subform page from a parent page
Creating a FactBox page
Creating a Queue page
Creating a Role Center page
Creating a wizard page
Displaying a .NET add-in on a page
Adding a chart to the page
Chapter 5: Report Design
Creating an RDLC report
Using multiple options to run a report
Adding custom filters to the Request Page
Setting filters when report is loaded
Creating reports to process data
Creating a link from report to page
Creating a link from report to report
Adding totals on decimal field
Adding interactive sorting on reports
Creating a matrix report
Chapter 6: Diagnosing Code Problems
Using the debugger
Setting breakpoints
Handling runtime errors
Using About This Page and About This Report
Finding errors while using NAS
Chapter 7: Roles and Security
Assigning a role to a user
Creating a new role
Using the FILTERGROUP function
Using security filters
Applying security filter modes
Field-level security
Assigning permission to use the About This Page function
Killing a user session
Chapter 8: Leveraging Microsoft Office
Sending data to Microsoft Word
Managing stylesheets
Sending an e-mail from NAV through SMTP
Exporting data using the Excel Buffer
Creating data connection from Excel to NAV
Showing data in Excel using PowerPivot
Creating an InfoPath form for the NAV data
Creating charts with Visio
Chapter 9: OS Interaction
Using HYPERLINK to open external files
Working with environmental variables
Using SHELL to run external applications
Browsing for a file
Browsing for a folder
Checking file and folder access permissions
Querying the registry
Zipping folders and files within NAV
Chapter 10: Integration
Sharing information through XMLports
Writing to and reading from a file using the C/AL code
Creating web services
Consuming web services
Sending data through FTP
Printing a report in a PDF, Excel, and Word format
Writing your own automation using C#
Using ADO to access outside data
Chapter 11: Working with the SQL Server
Creating a basic SQL query
Understanding SIFT
Using the SQL profiler
Displaying data from a SQL view in NAV
Identifying Blocked and Blocking sessions from SQL
Setting up a backup plan
Maintaining the transaction logfiles
Chapter 12: NAV Server Administration
Creating a NAV Server Instance
Configuring NAS to run Job Queue
Creating a user on NAV
Changing the NAV license
Creating a new database
Testing the NAV database

What You Will Learn

  • Build tables and perform complex actions on their data
  • Design different types of pages to display and interact with business data
  • Create reports to present information from multiple areas of the system
  • Build solutions that work with the entire Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Learn to work with SQL Server and execute basic queries against the NAV database
  • Diagnose and resolve code problems

In Detail

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 7 is a business management solution that helps simplify and streamline highly specialized business processes. Learning NAV programing in NAV 7 gives you the full inside view of an ERP system.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 7 Programming Cookbook covers topics that span a wide range of areas such as integrating the NAV system with other software applications including Microsoft Office, and creating reports to present information from multiple areas of the system,. We will not only learn the essentials of NAV programming, you will also be exposed to the technologies that surround NAV including.NET programming, SQL Server and NAV system administration.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 7 Programming Cookbook is written in a direct, to-the-point style to help you get what you need and continue working in NAV. The first half of the cookbook will help programmers using NAV for the first time, by walking them through the building blocks of writing code and creating objects such as tables, pages, and reports.

The second half focuses on using the technologies surrounding NAV to build better solutions. You will learn how to write .NET code that works with the NAV system and how to integrate the system with other software applications such as Microsoft Office or even custom programs.

You will learn everything you need to know for developing all types of NAV CSIDE objects, as well as how to integrate and maintain a NAV system.


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