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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

Using Azure Functions to replace .NET code

With Dynamics 365 Business Central, usage of .NET assemblies (the DotNet variable type) is supported only in an on-premise scenario. With Dynamics 365 Business Central in the cloud (SaaS), you cannot use DotNet objects (for security reasons) and the official way to replace a DotNet variable is by using an HTTP call to an Azure function.

Azure Functions is a serverless compute service offered by the Azure platform that permits you to run code in the cloud without managing the infrastructure. We'll talk about Azure Functions in more depth in Chapter 14, Monitoring, Scaling, and CI/CD with Azure Functions, so here we'll not see how to create an Azure function from scratch, but only how to call it from your extension's code.

Now, imagine having an Azure function called PostCodeValidator that validates post...