Jul 30

In this series of posts “What is in your Dynamics NAV toolbelt”, i will highlight some of the tools i find very usefull in my daily work, and couldn’t live without. There are probably great alternatives to them out there, so please share your experiences with me.

NAVObjectViewer by Gerd Hübner is one of simplest and most useful tools for a NAV Developer, when you have to dig into a database with modifications, that often are undocumented or you just get a brief explanation of what a previous mod is doing. It is a great alternative to using the Developers Toolkit, as it does not require any setups and other dependencies. Just a quick and easy way to find objects with a nice search interface. And yes, it also has REGEX search capabilities.

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Jul 18

I recently got the test credentials for the Saasplaza RTC testdrive that i have blogged about earlier (App-V streaming of Dynamics NAV) and decided today to give it a quick spin. Along with the install there is a great installation guide for the software that provides very easy to follow step by step installation for both XP and Win7 workstations. I did the Win7 x64 installation, and it took approx. 5 minutes to setup.

Installation is basically

  • downloading the Microsoft Application Virtualization client
  • setup credentials
  • Setup serverinformation
  • Download updates

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Jul 14

Microsoft just released the latest version of the object permission spreadsheet. Compared to what i have seen before i think this is a brand new edition with more features in it.

“The purpose of this report is to provide information on what ojbects are included within the modules for Microsoft Dynamics NAV” as follows:

  • Search for individual objects and review the modules that include those objects
  • Search for all objects included within specific modules
  • Description of RIMDX

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Jul 12

Microsoft Office Integration from Dynamics NAV uses stylesheets to transfer data to Excel and Word. If you are on a v5 database or higher this is standard functionality. If you have upgraded your executables, you will notice the new buttons in the toolbar, but nothing happens when you click them. In order to get them working you need to import some new objects, and add a couple of new functions to codeunit 1. The objects are:

  • Form 690: Manage Style Sheets
  • Form 691: Send-to Programs
  • Form 692: Import Style Sheet
  • Form 693: Program Selections
  • Form 694: Style Sheets
  • Codeunit 403: Application Launch Management

Most of this blog entry is really nothing hot of the press, but i found a nice little trick for getting the records inserted into the tables automatically.

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Jul 09

Most of your hardcore blog-readers probably already have this link in your bookmarks, but for the pleasure of those that dont, i want to redirect you to this page of “NEXT = 0” author Ian Crocker (love the blog name :)):

Read a random Dynamics NAV article
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Jul 08

As a NAV developer there are basically only 2 books to live by:

  1. Application Designers Guide
    (Also available in the F1 Online Help in the application)
  2. C/AL Programming Guide
    (Programming-, Naming-, Numbering-conventions in NAV)

These books should be mandatory reading by any developer/person doing development, but real world experience unfortunately shows they aren’t. Even for ISV products you see some scary interesting examples.
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Jul 06

Since version 5 of Dynamics NAV there has been the new application wide functionality for Record Links. You know the little paperclip in the toolbar. In Microsoft words: “The Record Links feature in Microsoft Dynamics NAV enables you to link Microsoft Dynamics NAV records to relevant documents such as reports and spreadsheets. For example, you could link documents from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server or on a file server to a sales order or purchase order.
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