Blog Post List
  • Getting Started with ... - Alex Chow's Book / ctn'd

    [See the first part of my review here .] I guess Arend-Jan and I are going to play some kind of ping-pong over this. I should have been finished way before his post this afternoon! Continued reading last Sunday I did finish the book last Monday already. Nevertheless I am happy that Arend-Jan stepped in today as I fully agree with his first observation on Alex' book: ... this book intends [to] give the user an insight of the world developers are in .. [which] makes the book unique. Indeed…
    • 2013-6-22
  • Getting Started with Dynamics NAV 2013 Application Development - Alex Chow

    Being Dutch getting the opportunity to get a free copy, I willingly volunteered to Albert Augustine's call for reviewers on LinkedIn . And with me - note mostly none Dutch! - 20+ also did. That's one. Need I have more reasons? Well actually, yes. There are many books I would like to read; or should I say: of which I would like to get to learn the content; i.e. the message. But then the challenge of setting priorities and finding time to do it comes around. Then getting a free copy and…
    • 2013-6-16
  • Is MESSAGE halting my process?

    Only this week I found out that we lost some standard behavior of the MESSAGE function, on the road to NAV's new 3-tier architecture. Anybody noticed? CONFIRM vs. MESSAGE Most probably you know perfectly well that a CONFIRM and MESSAGE are functionally not quite the same. One has a Yes and a No button, where the other has the single OK button. But they also have - let us call it - a technical difference. One of main importance. During my NAV development courses I use the following multiple choice…
    • 2013-6-15
  • Welcome to the Dynamics blog-o-sphere! #5 - Gary Winter

    So how should I introduce this guy to you? I had never heard of Gary untill almost 2 years ago when the PRS initiative introduced itself on the NAV Techdays in Antwerp. The small and clear voiced guy next two those two lowlands "Giants", Eric and Mark . Had never come across any posts, at least that I could recall. And could not find a blog written by Gary, which felt like something missing as it was really worthwhile hearing him talk and give voice to his ideas; expressing his insights that clearly…
    • 2013-6-15
  • Validating Data #2: Using VALIDATE - c'tnd

    Some years ago I wrote a series on validating data in NAV. The second post in this row, called Validating Data #2: Using VALIDATE , addressed the use of the AL function VALIDATE. From recent experience I would like to update some part of this post as this seems missing in any documentation on VALIDATE, including the Developer and IT Pro Help for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 . For reading ease I'll rephrase some parts. Let's start with the syntax: Record.VALIDATE(Field [, NewValue]) Where…
    • 2013-6-14
  • How-to: Assign a Key Group to a Key - Your Help is Needed

    Recent work with a group of NAV pros had set my mind on writing a blog post on assigning a key group to a secondary key. Apparently, for most of them, key groups wasn't a known concept. However, some searching on the internet showed me enough straight forward posts, that clearly didn't need my duplication. FYC I have listed their links below in the references section take your advantage of it. But before you jump (or not) to the links, please bear with me, even if keygroups do not have any surprises…
    • 2013-6-9