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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)

Key components

In the previous chapter, we discussed the key components of document services. When developing custom services, there are also a few concepts you should be familiar with, starting with attributes.


Attributes are classes that contain data just like normal classes, but the purpose of this data is different. Attributes contain metadata that describes targets. Targets can be of different types such as classes, interfaces, method, events, and so on.

Attributes can either be intrinsic or custom . Intrinsic attributes are part of the CLR (Common Language Runtime) and are contained in the .NET framework. Custom attributes are attributes that you can create yourself.

Because attributes contains metadata, they are only useful when reflection is used. An example of this is a DataContract attribute. The service generation process uses reflection on the classes that the service class uses to determine which of these classes are data contracts.

The following code shows the usage...