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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)

What are system services?

System services are automatically installed when the Application Object Server is installed and are available when the AOS instance is running. They are written by Microsoft in managed code and hence they cannot be customized.

As mentioned, there are three system services, as follows:

  • Metadata service

  • Query service

  • User session service

We will have a detailed discussion of these later in the chapter. We will not be able to go into every detail of all service operations, but it will be more than enough to get you started. Fortunately, for those who want to dig deeper, these services are well documented on MSDN.

A demo application

To demonstrate the usage of the different system services, we start with a demo application. The application is a Windows Forms application that contains the following elements:

  • A combobox containing the Contoso Video Rental queries

  • A DataGridView control to contain the resulting data

  • Previous page and Next page buttons to provide paging of the result...