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Programming Microsoft Dynamics NAV - Fifth Edition

By : Marije Brummel, David Studebaker, Christopher D. Studebaker
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Programming Microsoft Dynamics NAV - Fifth Edition

By: Marije Brummel, David Studebaker, Christopher D. Studebaker

Overview of this book

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a full business solution suite, and a complete ERP solution that contains a robust set of development tools to support customization and enhancement. These tools provide greater control over financials and can simplify supply chain, manufacturing, and operations. This book will take you from an introduction to Dynamics NAV and its integrated development tools to being a productive developer in the Dynamics NAV Development Environment. You will find this book very useful if you want to evaluate the product's development capabilities or need to manage Dynamics NAV based projects. It will teach you about the NAV application structure, the C/SIDE development environment, the C/AL language paired with the improved editor, the construction and uses of each object type, and how it all fits together to build universal applications. With this new edition, you will be able to understand how to design and develop using Patterns and new features such as Extensions and Events.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Basic definitions used in NAV

First, let's review some basic NAV terminology:

  • Data type: Defines the kind of data that can be held in a field, whether it be numeric (such as an integer or decimal), text, a table RecordID, time, date, Boolean, and so forth. The data type defines what constraints can be placed on the contents of a field, determines the functions in which the data element can be used (not all data types are supported by all functions), and defines what the results of certain functions will be.
  • Fundamental data type: A simple, single component structure consisting of a single value at any point in time, for example, a number, a string, or a Boolean value.
  • Complex data type: A structure made up of, or relating to, simple data types, for example, records, program objects such as Pages or Reports, Binary Large Objects (BLOBs), DateFormulas, external files, and indirect reference variables.
  • Data element...