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Mastering Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

By : Stefano Demiliani, Duilio Tacconi
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Mastering Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

By: Stefano Demiliani, Duilio Tacconi

Overview of this book

Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution, which is easy to adopt and helps you make smarter business decisions. This book is a comprehensive guide to developing solutions with Microsoft ERP (in the cloud and also on-premises). It covers all aspects of developing extensions, right from preparing a sandbox environment to deploying a complete solution. The book starts by introducing you to the Dynamics 365 Business Central platform and the new Modern Development Environment. You'll then explore the sandbox concept, and see how to create sandboxes for development. As you advance, you’ll be able to build a complete advanced solution for Dynamics 365 Business Central with AL language and Visual Studio Code. You'll then learn how to debug and deploy the extension and write automatic testing. The book will also take you through advanced topics like integration (with Azure Functions, web services, and APIs), DevOps and CI/CD techniques, and machine learning. You'll discover how Dynamics 365 Business Central can be used with Office 365 apps. Finally, you'll analyze different ways to move existing solutions to the new development model based on extensions. By the end of this book, you'll be able to develop highly customized solutions that meet the requirements of modern businesses using Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
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Section 1: Dynamics 365 Business Central - Platform Overview and the Basics of Modern Development
Section 2: Developing Extensions for Dynamics 365 Business Central
Section 3: Debugging, Testing, and Release Management (DevOps)
Section 4: Advanced Integrations with Dynamics 365 Business Central
Section 5: Moving Solutions to the New Extension Model

Comparing OData and APIs in Dynamics 365 Business Central

Every client that can make HTTP calls can consume RESTful APIs. Using the GET, POST, PATCH, and DELETE verbs of the HTTP protocol, entities can be Created, Read, Updated, and Deleted (CRUD). To make integrations with Dynamics 365 Business Central, OData and RESTful APIs are the recommended tools to work with.

Open Data Protocol (OData) is a web protocol that permits you to perform CRUD operations on tabular data with HTTP calls by using URIs for resource identification. Exposing an object as OData in Dynamics 365 Business Central is quite simple: open the WEB SERVICES page, insert a new record with the Page type, select the page you want to expose, and click on Publish.

Dynamics 365 Business Central automatically assigns to the published entity an OData and OData V4 URL, and then you can use this...