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ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV Developer Digest - vol 185ArcherPoint's Developer Digest Weekly Blog

The NAV 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 experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Dynamics 365 Business Central

With the upcoming release of D365BC, you’ll find an abundance of resources and opinions to stay up to date.

This is the primary Dynamics 365 Business Central product page from Microsoft.

The D365 Roadmap site lets you filter on what’s new, in development, and previously released.

And here’s the latest out of Directions Asia. Everyone seems to be excited about the transformation and the future of Dynamics NAV, including our own Jon Long and Saurav Dhyani.

The next iteration of our beloved Navision, Dynamics 365 Business Central will be generally available on April 2. Stay tuned!

Skype for Business and More Improvements for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft’s Tiffany Wissner recently shared the updated roadmap for bringing Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. In addition to the Skype improvements, you can now securely collaborate with anyone in Microsoft Teams. This is exciting for us because we can now include anyone in our projects, whether they have an Azure Active Directory account or not. ArcherPoint’s Matt Traxinger notes that if they add this to Visual Studio Team Services, it will be amazing. Suresh notes that in VSTS, the messaging extension for Microsoft Teams allows you to search, find, and discuss specific work items in your channel or private chats. It’s a great way to have a group conversation about your work, without leaving Microsoft Teams.

Common Data Service Now Included in Microsoft Power Apps

In the spring update to Power BI and Power Apps platforms, Microsoft now provides a common data service, enabling companies to build data-based apps from a variety of data sources.

Code Reviews Are Not (Primarily) for Finding Bugs

Peer code reviews are standard practice in software engineering. At least they should be. Here’s why:

  • Multiple perspectives improve the code review
  • Finding bugs
  • Ensuring the code’s long-term maintainability
  • Knowledge sharing

This is a great article on the costs and benefits of peer code reviews and how to make them more efficient.

ForNAV Modern Object Explorer

ForNAV is offering their Modern Object Explorer for free. It provides a way to manage Visual Studio AL code from within NAV. They state that you can use it to get an overview of Extension objects installed, create and manage VSC AI projects, and export and/or run your Extension AI objects.

Share your experience using ForNAV in the comments below.

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