Category: Development

Navigate directly to a symbol of a file in VS Code

How would feel about if you can directly navigate to a symbol of a file? It is now possible in VS Code.  All you need to do is press “Ctrl” + P and type the object name you want to navigate to and then press @, it will list down all the fields, functions and …

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Object types is case sensitive in TenantWebServiceCollection

Last week while I was working on an integration project, I wanted to call a Business Central function from Azure Logic Apps. I had few options with APIs but I went ahead with creating a CodeUnit with a function and expose it as a web service.   Rather than exposing the CodeUnit by manually inserting …

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Obsoleting Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Events

If you are working on the extension development, then I’m sure that you already have published and subscribed to many events. There are some rules that you should strictly follow around events if your extension is eventually be used by another partner to build their solution on top of yours.  Business Central has two types of events …

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Wave 1 2020: Release note explained.

A few weeks ago Microsoft published the 2020 release wave 1 plan for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform document. This document contains details about many new interesting functionalities and features. Below are some of the features that got my attention. Look up events and insert event subscribers in code One challenge most developers face …

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Notes from Directions EMEA 2019

Below are some notes I took during Directions EMEA 2019. A bit late to publish but didn’t want to just delete them.  Treat extensions as products. Which means releasing them to customers periodically. Allow proper testing with proper test cases (Preferably automated testing). Try to run all the customers on the same version. Proper code …

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AL: Dependencies to System and Base Application

Another draft post that I forgot to publish.  From version 15 onwards, Microsoft decided to split the entire application into 2 apps.  System Application Base Application From going forward if you are developing an app on top of the Business Central, it must have a dependency on System Application and Base Application.  This does not …

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AL: Action Property must have a value

This blog post was sitting on my draft folder for the past few months and finally got time to hit the publish button.  AL compiler getting smarter day by day. In previous versions even if we declare an action and never implement the OnAction trigger or assign the RunObject property it never gave a warning …

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Report back from Directions EMEA 2019: Technical

The first-day keynote was packed with stats and exciting announcements from Microsoft. As for the Microsoft general manager Toby Bowers, 1400+ partners selling Business Central worldwide. 4000+ customers actively using Business Central. 450+ business central solutions are available on AppSource. The number of users doubled compared to last year.     This clearly indicates that Business …

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How to change the version of the AL Language compiler

Microsoft released a new update to AL Language extension for VS Code. With this new update, the compiler does a few pre-checks before compiling the objects and packages them into a .app file.  Most probably you will have to do minor changes to your extension codebase to work with the new compiler. Otherwise, you will …

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Platform property is still required in app.json

With the Wave 2 release, Microsoft did convert all the C/AL objects into AL. Since they want to lead by example they wanted their own code to be on extensions as well. Plus they wanted to split the objects based on its functionality. After converting to AL, Microsoft put the objects into below two extensions: System …

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