25 November 2014

Increasing field lengths in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Today, me any my team was working on a new addon design and one of my teammate got a call from NAV 2015 client. Their query was to check whether if we can increase the length of the External Document No. 
So my colleague asked me that whether we should do that for them. 

I said try it and see... 

My view point is is that we should never change the length of a default field in Dynamics NAV. I have seen many developers at the very early stage of their carrier, they try to change the length of the fields. This includes me as well, I still remember how I change the length of the Document No of the General Journal line and Sales Header and how I worked hard to overcome that mistake I have done. 

But it helped me to learn lot about NAV and actually it tested me during that time, because it was my first assignment. So I won't say don't do it. All I am saying is do it in a test database and learn the mistake that you are doing. 
Because it is always good to learn from your mistakes.

Thank you and Regards,
Tharanga Chandrasekara