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Extending Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations Cookbook

By : Simon Buxton
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Extending Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations Cookbook

By: Simon Buxton

Overview of this book

Dynamics 365 for Operations is the ERP element of Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition. Operations delivers the infrastructure to allow businesses to achieve growth and make better decisions using scalable and contemporary ERP system tools. This book provides a collection of “recipes” to instruct you on how to create—and extend—a real-world solution using Operations. All key aspects of the new release are covered, and insights into the development language, structure, and tools are discussed in detail. New concepts and patterns that are pivotal to elegant solution designs are introduced and explained, and readers will learn how to extend various aspects of the system to enhance both the usability and capabilities of Operations. Together, this gives the reader important context regarding the new concepts and the confidence to reuse in their own solution designs. This “cookbook” provides the ingredients and methods needed to maximize the efficiency of your business management using the latest in ERP software—Dynamics 365 for Operations.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)


Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations is an ERP solution for complex single-site, multi-site, and multi-language global enterprises. This flexible and agile solution provides advanced functionality for manufacturing, retail, public sector, and service sector industries. Not only does this solution provide a strong set of built-in functionality, it also provides an industry-leading integrated development environment, allowing an organization to provide even higher levels of fit. This book should be in the tool belt of any software engineer who works with or is about to embark on a career with Dynamics 365 for Operations.

This provides software engineers and those involved in developing solutions within Dynamics 365 for Operations with a toolkit of practical recipes for common development tasks, with important background information to provide deep insight to allow the recipes to be adapted and extended for your own use. Even for experienced software engineers, this book will provide a good source of reference for efficient software development.

For those moving from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, we cover critical changes in how software is adapted, how to use the new extensibility features of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations, and tips on how to use them in a practical way. We also cover the fundamental changes in the physical structure of the application metadata, the application development life cycle, and how we fit in with the new cloud-first development paradigm with Lifecycle services and Visual Studio Team Services. Integration will be a concern to AX developers, and we cover this in detail with working examples of code that can be adapted to your own needs.

In order to facilitate this, the book follows the development of a solution as a means to explain the design and development of tables, classes, forms, BI, menu structures, workflow, and security. We begin at the start of the development process by setting up a Visual Studio Team Services project, integrating Lifecycle services, and explaining new concepts such as Packages, Models, Projects, and what happened to layers. The book progresses with chapters focused on creating the solution in a practical order, but it is written in such a way that each recipe can be used in isolation as a pattern to follow.

The sample solution was designed and developed as the book was written and is available for download. There is a sample Operations project, OData C# integration test project, and a C# project for using web services supplied by Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations.

With this comprehensive collection of recipes, you will be armed with the knowledge and insight you need to develop well-designed solutions that will help your organization to get the most value from this comprehensive solution for both the current and the upcoming releases of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations.