For the past year Microsoft has been developing and testing a new development model for Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central. This new format (having made its debut in NAV 2018) has several key advantages when compared to “classic” enhancements that you may already have in your system.
I’ve explored some of the key benefits of this format, and how it can help your system thrive.
Microsoft has been developing and testing a new development model for Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central which has several key advantages when compared to “classic” enhancements.
By untangling enhancements from standard code, it becomes significantly easier to upgrade the underlying system and apply more regular updates. This means you can get access to the newer features of your system without the expensive and lengthy upgrade process. A fully decoupled design could result in an upgrade as quick as 30 seconds.
The new “app store” for NAV & Business Central, AppSource, showcases many ISV solutions from various partners. It brings the concept of Apps, prevalent in the mobile world, into business applications. These solutions are developed in a modular fashion so they can be applied to your system without expensive merges or installation costs.
Events help developers decouple code from the standard product.
While events may not cater for every enhancement scenario, Microsoft is regularly adding new integration points based on Partner suggestions. The number of events have increased dramatically in the recent versions of NAV, giving developers more flexibility. This illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to the event design pattern.
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The C/AL language that is used to develop classic enhancements has been in use since the earliest versions of Navision, but has had limitations for compatibility reasons. Rather than retrofit features from modern languages into an aging language, Microsoft has developed a new language “AL” that has been designed from the ground up to suit modern development and make it more accessible to developers. This results in simpler and cheaper modifications.
The above is just a glimpse into the future of Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central. It’s a pivotal moment for NAV.