CU03 package was released last Friday without any special drum rolls. So far there is no blog post in Dynamics NAV Team blog describing the public availability of the package. I guess they have been too busy to announce the update.
This package is quite interesting. In addition to normal integration hooks this package differs a lot from NAV 2018 CU13 package, even though it contains changes added to NAV2018 CU13 as well, it also contains new functionality that may or may not appear in NAV 2018. Future will show us how far the branches will separate later.
Implemented NAV2018CU13 changes include Post Code handling changes and CU 5068 for Word Application Handler helper codeunit. Now Business Central also has the "Disable Search By Name" functionality.
There is also some other changes that I will describe below.
The most interesting addition is the possibility to download a zip file that contains a bunch of item pictures. The functionality then imports the pictures to items with the help of new table 31. The page action that allows this is inserted somehow unintuitively on page 461 Inventory Setup action called "Import Item Pictures". Once you have imported a zip file that contains item pictures (jpg, png, gif files named after the item no.) with double clicking the Zip-file fild, you can apply the pictures to item cards with "Import Pictures" page action. Nice and simple!Perhaps the next version allows manual apply of the item no. as well, so this will be even more usable.
1) Business Central is applied a pattern for confirmation management introduced in CU02. The use of this functionality is now implemented to a lot of objects in CU03. The pattern can be found from Codeunit 27 Confirm Management. The codeunit only has two functions that check if GUIALLOWED, and returns default value if not. Simple, yet efficient way to reduce redundant code. I have also used this approach many times, and I am happy now I can remove it from my own Utilities -codeunit. It is only a bit strange this codeunit is not made a Single Instance codeunit to further reduce the need for multiple initializations. Even better would have been to change CONFIRM function to act according to the GUIALLOWED, but I guess since C/AL is about to be obsolete...It is very useful to familiarise yourself with other management codeunits starting from object no. 27. These are great helpers that can reduce need for your own code.
2) Common Item No. is brought back to Item page, whee!
3) CRM Integration check and Social Listening SetupVisible functions on page 31 have been changed with much better performing code, so it is now much more efficient. This change is one I can remove from my standard changes as well
CRMIsCoupledToRecord := CRMCouplingManagement.IsRecordCoupledToCRM(RECORDID) AND CRMIntegrationEnabled;
IF CRMIntegrationEnabled THEN CRMIsCoupledToRecord := CRMCouplingManagement.IsRecordCoupledToCRM(RECORDID);
4) I also noticed a new property on Table objects "ReplicateData". I have not noticed this earlier, but it does not exist in NAV 2018. Microsoft Docs gives only brief explanation of the field:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/developer/properties/devenv-replicatedata-property
Probably related to Hybrid model? Anyways, MS has decided to set this field to "No" in a lot of tables.