For those who have been waiting on my next post on NAV development and TFS: while I am not finding time yet to write more, go here and read. Having been in contact with Ron and Satya for some while already, I am very glad they have picked up the task to start writing about that what they know a lot about and from whom I can still learn a lot. Both Ron and Satya are two enthusiastic IT professionals working on a daily basis with TFS from a different background (both professional and cultural) developing tools to integrate C/SIDE and TFS. Originally for internal use only at To Increase, but also becoming available externally.
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It hasn't been sold yet, but they are set to do that. As a matter of fact: I am involved as an external to go out and sell/advocate it ;-) But we're just at the start.
Of course they have made important changes like adding page preview capability. But I was speaking about the code editor.
Don't get me wrong. NAV development team have done a great job with 2013. More than anyone expected. They probably couldn't have done more because of time constraints. So I am certainly not blaming anyone, I just want to point out one area where NAV is lacking.
OK, back on topic. Regarding version control, we are evaluating some options and To Increase solution seems very interesting. I have not found any information about it on their website, so I assume it is not released yet. Do you know when it is comming?
Hi Julius, you "feels like they are not focusing so much on the developers". I do not fully agree as there are many changes in NAV2013 DE (Development Environment) to help us developers. (And we already did get some in NAV 2009 R2).
True, it's not VS DE and will most probably not be for some versions to go (see the Statement of Directions).
But in the context of this blog post, take advantage of VS TFS integration with NAV possibilities as advocated by Ron and Satya.
NAV 2013 is a very good product and huge improvement for the user, but it feels like they are not focusing so much on the developers. Microsoft has THE IDE (Visual Studio), but we are still using C/SIDE code editor which can't even highlight multi-line comments! .NET interop is also very limited by the C/AL language.
We have already seen first step to integrate Dynamics AX 2012 to Visual Studio (you can reference various objects from AOT right inside Visual Studio). And it seems they are committed to continue doing it. I would very like to see some steps also in Dynamics NAV since we already design reports in Visual Studio. Besides that all the code is already running on .NET CLR.