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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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Building our application

We can use our Delta file to build our application, based on a new version of the software that also uses PowerShell commands.

PowerShell is, as the name implies, a very powerful tool that not only supports Dynamics NAV, but most Microsoft applications including the SQL Server. This allows us to generate a single script that restores a new SQL Database, applies our Delta file, compiles objects, and runs the test.

Let's go through this process step by step using an example script. In this script, the parameters are hardcoded for readability. It is recommended that you use variables instead.

  1. Prepare: the first step is to prepare some mandatory variables, such as a reference to the NAV Ide. Next, load the libraries that we need. We need the SQL Server library and both the NAV libraries:
    $NavIde = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\RoleTailored Client\finsql.exe"
    Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted
    import-module "C:...