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Submitted by Suzanne Scanlan on 21 August 2020

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 307

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV and BC Developer Digest Blog

The Dynamics NAV and Business Central community, including the ArcherPoint technical staff, is made up of developers, project managers, and consultants who are constantly communicating, with the common goal of  sharing helpful information with one another to help customers be more successful.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them on blogs, forums, social media...so everyone can benefit. We in Marketing watch these interactions and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, dedication, and brainpower we’re so fortunate to have in this community—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share this great information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there? So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV/BC experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Setting Up with Business Central On Premises NavUserPassword

Saurav Dhyani, ArcherPoint Technical Futurist and Microsoft MVP, recently shared how to set up MSDYN365BC Modern Client with NAVUserPassword On Premises. He followed this post up with another explaining how to then connect VS Code.

He’s also been hosting and sharing the recordings on Twitter using the hashtag, #NAVBCOpenDiscussion. Join the conversation on Twitter

Excluding the AL Cache Folder from Search

Waldo tweeted: “For all #msdyn365bc developers … you're welcome ;-). #bcalhelp

This was responded to with much appreciation:

“Thanks, I hate that folder too! :)” 

“What a difference! Thank you, indeed :)”

BC Container Helper to Replace NAV Container Helper

Freddy recently shared in a blog that he has rolled out the new BCContainerHelper. Don’t worry, though; NAVContainerHelper is still available.

What Language is AL Closest To?

Matt Traxinger poses the question: “Since no one ever knew what C/AL was, we always used to say it was like Pascal. No one knows what AL is, either. What do you think it is closest to?” 

Tom H says: “We could tell people it's like a feature-limited version of C#. The syntax doesn't look too far off—although honestly, AL looks like itself, or maybe C/AL.” 

Matt T agrees: “I'm leaning exactly as you said—a extremely feature-limited version of C#.”

Faithie pipes in: “Weird Al Yankovic?”

Jon has the same question: “I was just thinking this same thing today. If asked what AL is by my brother, or any developer of any other modern language, especially C#, I would concur with Tom and Matt on the C# angle. It's definitely not C#, but, ‘like’ C#. I think that is good enough for an elevator pitch. Give any deeper description, and you will lose them, just like talking about any language that is highly coupled to an ERP system. That said, I think CAL# would have been a cooler name.”

If you are interested in Dynamics NAV and Business Central development, be sure to see our collection of NAV/BC Development Blogs.

Read the "How To" blogs from ArcherPoint for practical advice on using Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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