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Programming Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009

David A. Studebaker

Using this Microsoft Dynamics NAV book and eBook - develop and maintain high performance applications to meet changing business needs with improved agility and enhanced flexibility.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196521
Paperback620 pages

About This Book

  • Create, modify, and maintain smart NAV applications to meet your client's business needs
  • Thoroughly covers the new features of NAV 2009, including Service Pack 1
  • Focused on development for the three-tier environment and the Role Tailored Client
  • For experienced programmers with little or no previous knowledge of NAV development
  • Contains detailed documentation and explanations – with useful examples – not readily available elsewhere

Who This Book Is For

This book is for NAV consultants and developers, and developers or designers of business applications. Managers of NAV development or consultants will also find the book a helpful introduction to understanding NAV development capabilities.

Any previous experience with NAV is not expected. Some basic knowledge of object-oriented programming will be quite helpful.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Short Tour through NAV 2009
NAV 2009: An ERP system
Significant changes in NAV 2009
NAV 2009: A set of building blocks and development tools
The C/SIDE Integrated Development Environment
User interfaces
An introduction to development
Integration tools
Backups and documentation
Review questions
Chapter 2: Tables
Overview of tables
Expanding our sample application
Types of tables
Review questions
Chapter 3: Data Types and Fields for Data Storage and Processing
Basic definitions
Data types
FieldClass property options
Review questions
Chapter 4: Pages—Tools for Data Display
What is a page?
Pages—a stroll through the gallery
Types of pages
Types of page controls
Adding more List pages to our ICAN application
Learning more about pages
Experimenting with page controls and control properties
Review questions
Chapter 5: Reports
What is a report?
Two NAV report designers
NAV report—look and feel
NAV report types
Report naming
Report components overview
Report Data Flow
The elements of a report
Processing-Only reports
Review questions
Chapter 6: Introduction to C/SIDE and C/AL
Essential navigation
Some basic C/AL
Some simple coding modifications
Review questions
Chapter 7: Intermediate C/AL
Some C/AL development tools
Computation and Validation utility functions
Data conversion functions
DATE functions
FlowField-SumIndexField functions
Flow control
Input and Output functions
InterObject communication
Using the new knowledge
Review questions
Chapter 8: Advanced NAV Development Tools
NAV process flow
Role Center pages
Creating new C/AL routines
Callable functions
Sampling of function models to review
Documenting modifications
Multi-language system
Multi-currency system
Code analysis and debugging tools
Review questions
Chapter 9: Extend, Integrate, and Design—into the Future
Advanced interface tools
Client Add-ins
Web services
Customizing Help
NAV development projects
Data-focused design
Design for efficiency
Design for updating
Plan for upgrading
Supporting material
Into the future...
Review questions

What You Will Learn

  • Get started and master NAV business management solutions concepts
  • Create tables to define your NAV data structure, review the types of tables found in the out-of-the-box NAV application and understand how to use these in new enhancements
  • Explore all NAV data types and learn how they help develop financially oriented business applications
  • Define filters to apply defined limits on data in any business process
  • Meet several data presentation tools and create pages to input data and output information for users
  • Create reports – using the Report Designer tools – which are intuitive to work with and easier to distribute
  • Dive into C/SIDE and C/AL – essential navigation, object construction, numbering, basic syntax, naming rules, SIFT technology, string operators and functions, numeric operators and functions, logical and relational operators and functions, and the whole range of input/output functions
  • Debug your NAV applications using the Debuggers and associated tools and techniques
  • Integrate data and business logic from NAV 2009 with other applications

In Detail

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a well established Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application, part of the Microsoft Dynamics family. Dynamics NAV is installed worldwide, with well over one million users. Version 2009 contains many major new features and structures, requiring even experienced Dynamics NAV developers to refresh their NAV development knowledge.

Renowned for its challenging learning curve, Dynamics NAV is a complex piece of software with a unique design structure. For developers learning to modify or enhance Dynamics NAV for vital business purposes, the task can sometimes be intimidating.

This book is an in-depth step-by-step guide to programming NAV, designed to ease you through the complexities of NAV application development. You will learn the skills and develop the confidence to tackle your own critical NAV applications. This book will act as your experienced NAV programming mentor, helping you to become productive as a NAV developer much more quickly.

NAV development is quite complex, with a steep learning curve. This book makes it easy for you. From basic NAV terminology and concept definitions, through the essential building blocks of NAV data structure and objects, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental underlying concepts of NAV. You will learn practical details about NAV object construction and the tools available, including table, page, and report design. You will learn how to use NAV's tools to effectively navigate through the various features of objects, including properties, triggers, and C/AL code, and receive practical guidance on ways to develop and test in the unique NAV C/SIDE development environment.

Extensive guidance on software design for NAV is provided along with tips for efficient design of new NAV applications or enhancing existing applications. With its comprehensive collection of NAV information and distillation of years of NAV development experience, this book is not only designed to help you learn, but to act as a reference as well.


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