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Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns

By : Marije Brummel
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Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns

By: Marije Brummel

Overview of this book

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a complete ERP system, which also contains a robust set of development tools to support customization and enhancement. These include an object designer for each of the seven application object types, a business application-oriented programming language with .NET interface capability, a compiler, a debugger, and programming testing language support. Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns will guide you through the NAV way of solving problems. This book will first introduce you to patterns and the software architecture of the NAV and then help you to build an example application. Then, it walks you through the details of architectural patterns, design patterns, and implementation patterns. This book will also talk about anti-patterns and handling legacy code. Finally, it teaches you to build solutions using patterns. Proven patterns and best practices will help you create better solutions that are easy to maintain in larger teams across several locations. It will guide you through combining abstract patterns using easy-to-understand examples and will help you decide which patterns to use in which scenarios.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)
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Introducing Dynamics NAV Patterns and Software Architecture

"Design patterns have always been the "secret source" of NAV, enabling developers to learn new areas of the application and be productive without a huge ramp up. This makes design patterns key to understanding the architecture of NAV and writing repeatable code."

Michael Nielsen, Director of NAV Development

In this book, we will journey into how to build repeatable and upgradable solutions for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. We will do this using a combination of design patterns and coding best practices. We will also cover anti-patterns, and the methodologies of handling the legacy code.

By improving the repeatability and upgradability of your software, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is reduced, which leads to better margins and better return on investment (ROI).

The examples and screenshots are based on the current version of the product, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, but all of the concepts can be applied to any older version of the product too.

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Introduction to Software Design Patterns
  • Pattern elements and hierarchy
  • The Dynamics NAV building blocks
  • The Metadata driven development