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Bare Minimum Steps to Start with fresh Extension Project for Business Central

Step-1 Create Project Folder

To create a Project Folder press <Ctrl> + <Shift> + <P> to open command Palette or alternatively you can choose from Menu View -> Command Palette.

Now Select Al: Go!

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Enter your Forder & Project Folder Name and press <Enter>

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Wait for few seconds and choose “Your Own Server” option.

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Step -2 Complete your Extension settings & Cleanup

You will land to your project Folder, where few files are created for you by default.

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Now we will set our Server connection related changes and remove HelloWorld.al File.

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Next we will check our Extension related settings.

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Next our Task is to Download Symbols. If Symbol files are missing you will not be able to compile your project. Also any objects referenced for extension will say invalid object.

To Download Symbols again Go to you command pallet out of any 2 methods explained above you are comfortable with.

Step – 3 Download Symbols

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Wait for few seconds, if settings of server in launch.json file is correct it should download your symbols.

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You will see notification in right bottom corner, else can check the errors in Output Tab of Debugger Window.

You will notice new folder [.alpackages] with 2 files are created. These file contains the definition of your Navision objects.

Next I will prepare my Project Folder for getting started for my Extension development.

Step -4 Prepare your Project Folders to arrange you’re working Files.

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Now my Project Folder is ready to start working with Extensions.

We will start creating Files/Objects in our next post.

 

 

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Extensions 2.0 – Dynamics Navision 2018

The issue with customizations is that they often introduce challenges when upgrading. It’s hard to upgrade a solution from one version to the next when changes have been made to the underlying solution. Extensions, and the new version – Extensions 2.0 – solves this problem.

Instead of defining customizations in the original source code, extensions are written alongside the solution source, where the integration with the source is handled with events. An extension can add new objects and extend existing objects that are present in the solution. The extension code is packaged in a file, which you can deploy to your solution. This allows us to upgrade the underlying solution and, as long as the events remain, the extension will behave in the same way from version to version.

To help you developing solutions for this new programming pattern, you can use the new developer tools to build, test, and deploy extensions.

 

In app designer

In the client, you can switch to the in app designer mode that provides a way for you change the look and feel of the client easily and quickly. In short, the in-client designer lets you define what elements (such as fields, groups) appear on a page and how they are arranged. The in-client designer also provides an interactive way to create extensions based on changes you make in the client. Some of the features include:

  • Adding a field from the source table to a page.
  • Moving a field to another place on a page.
  • Removing a field from a page.
  • Previewing your design in desktop, tablet, and phone clients.
  • Saving the changes for the tenant or saving as an extension package file in Visual Studio Code.
  • Changing the caption of a fields on the page.
  • Adding, moving, renaming, and removing an action.
  • Adding, moving, and removing page parts.
  • Adding new pages.

 

Personal and organizational design changes

As an end user, changes can be applied so that only the user who made the changes will see them. This enables users to personalize the pages for their role. Examples of personalization could include moving important fields to a more prominent position on the page, or renaming a date field so that it is clearer which field is the ship date versus the expected arrival date. Alternatively, as an administrator, changes can be made globally, so that everyone in the organization can see them.

Business consultants can also access the same tools to help customers make changes to their solution, resulting in improvements in productivity for all users. For example, they could add new actions to run custom reports, or introduce entirely new pages or page parts.

 

Working with the In App Designer

To turn on the In-App Designer, start the client as normal, and then simply choose the In-App designer icon in the ribbon on any page in the client.

 

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The Design mode bar appears at the top page, indicating that the in-client designer is active. You can now open any page, and start making changes.

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Choose More to display additional design options, such as adding a field, creating a new field, and changing the preview to another client type.

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To move a field, click and hold the handle in the field to drag and drop it from its current position to the new location, as indicated by the horizontal line.

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To remove a field, click the field’s handle, and then choose Remove.

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To add a field, choose the Field button, and then drag and drop a field from the list that appears to the desired location.

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To preview in another client type, simply choose one of the preview buttons.

When you are finished making changes, choose Stop Designing. You then have the option to save the changes to the tenant for all users, or to save the changes to a file that you can work on later in Visual Studio Code.

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You can see that Extension is deployed on your solution, check as below.

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Hope you will enjoy using this new feature of development.

Will come with more details as I proceed.

Important

Most of the contents you find in this blog will be either inherited from MSDN or Navision Developer IT Pro Help. Some places images are also directly taken from these sites. Purpose is simple to try those stuffs and re-produce adding few things as per my understanding to make easy understanding for others and quick reference.

Here nothing under my own brand or authorship of the content. At any point of time we are just promoting Microsoft stuffs nothing personnel with same.

Hope stuffs used here will not violate any copyright agreement with them. In case by mistake or in-intestinally it happens and the Microsoft feels these should not be used Microsoft have full right to inform me about same and will be glad to take down any such content which may be violating the norms.

Purpose is to promote Navision and share with community.

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