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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Services

By : Kenny Saelen, Klaas Deforche, Saelen Kenny
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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Services

By: Kenny Saelen, Klaas Deforche, Saelen Kenny

Overview of this book

Because an ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 plays a central role in an organization, there will always be the need to integrate it with other applications. In many cases, services are the preferred way of doing this, and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is now more flexible than ever when it comes to the creation and use of these services. Understanding these services will help you identify where they can be used, and do so effectively."Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Services" is a hands-on guide that provides you with all the knowledge you will need to implement services with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The step-by-step examples will walk you through many of the tasks that you need to perform frequently when creating and using services."Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Services" provides detailed and practical examples for creating and using services that will make it a resource you will consult many times during your implementationsThis book helps you to identify situations where services can be used for your implementations. By providing step-by-step instructions for many of the common tasks, you will gain practical know-how on to get the job done.Easy to follow instructions are provided for all types of services you will encounter. You will learn how to create document services using the AIF Document Service Wizard and how to use X++ to create custom services. You will also learn how to deploy services and web services and how you can consume them in both X++ and .NET. The services are also put to use in the SysOperation framework, which uses services to run business logic and is the new way to create batch processes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Service deployment

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does a lot to simplify service deployment. Not so much by reducing the number of concepts, but by gradually presenting those concepts to users as they are needed. This is immediately obvious when you look at the setup menu for services and AIF. When you go to System administration | Setup | Services and Application Integration Framework, you only see four options. The first two are the most important: inbound ports and outbound ports . These two types of ports are known as integration ports .

Integration ports provide a way to group services and manage them together. They have at least the following properties:

  • One or more service operations

  • A direction that is inbound or outbound

  • A category that is either basic or enhanced

  • An adapter

  • The address of the port

We will discuss these properties and others in greater detail.

Service operations

An integration port contains one or more service operations. These must be operations from services that all have...