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Programming Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central - Sixth Edition

By : Marije Brummel, David Studebaker, Christopher D. Studebaker
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Programming Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central - Sixth Edition

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

Overview of this book

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a full ERP business solution suite with a robust set of development tools to support customization and enhancement. These tools can be used to tailor Business Central's in-built applications to support complete management functions for finance, supply chain, manufacturing, and operations. Using a case study approach, this book will introduce you to Dynamics 365 Business Central and Visual Studio Code development tools to help you become a productive Business Central developer. You'll also learn how to evaluate a product's development capabilities and manage Business Central-based development and implementation. You'll explore application structure, the construction of and uses for each object type, and how it all fits together to build apps that meet special business requirements. By the end of this book, you'll understand how to design and develop high-quality software using the Visual Studio Code development environment, the AL language paired with the improved editor, patterns, and features.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Successful Conclusions

References and other data types

The following data types are used for advanced functionality in Business Central, and sometimes support an interface with an external object:

  • RecordID: This contains the object number and primary key of a table.
  • RecordRef: This identifies a record/row in a table. RecordRef can be used to obtain information about the table, the record, the fields in the record, and the currently active filters on the table.
  • FieldRef: This identifies a field in a table, hence allowing access to the contents of that field.
  • KeyRef: This identifies a key in a table and the fields in that key.
Since the specific record, field, and key references are assigned at runtime, RecordRef, FieldRef, and KeyRef are used to support logic that can run on tables that aren't specified at design time. This means that one routine built on these data types can be created to perform a common function for a variety of different tables and table formats.
  • Variant: This defines variables...