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Submitted by Suzanne Scanlan on 30 August 2019

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - vol 256ArcherPoint'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 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.

Skip the Docker Build

Kyle says: “Developer Tip of the Day: If you have an app running inside of a Docker container (say, BC), and that app needs to be able to see the Docker host (your laptop), you can use the name host.docker.internal, and that will resolve to the correct IP address. Docker adds that into the container Hosts file. This is useful if you need to map network drives or any other sort of network activity that might be hosted on the host.”

Do Not update your local Docker to 2.1.x.x It has a bug that keeps NAV/BC containers from cleanly stopping and restarting during reboots. Give it two weeks until Docker issues a bug fix.” – posted Aug 7

Extending and Customizing D365BC Help

In this post, Extending and customizing the Help in Dynamics 365 Business Central, Eva Dupont explains the three types of help offered and lets us know how to customize the Help experience for your users.

Three ways to use Help:

  1. Help users get started – whether it’s the first day using BC or the first of any day, plus onboarding new users
  2. Help users get unblocked – providing guidance on what data to input and how that data will be used
  3. Help users learn more – what comes next, alternatives, big picture of how what they are doing fits into the overall scheme of BC

Dupont notes that the April 2019 release made it easier to customize links to Help and suggests converting existing Help (in older versions) to MarkDown, although you don’t have to.

Have a Git User Guide?

Kyle asks: “Does anyone have a good Git user guide that describes what each of the commands does in plain English? The Git documentation assumes you've been writing Linux kernel code under Linus Torvald's whip and actually understand what it is talking about. #notafan” 

Matt T responds:
Figure 1 – Comic Strip: This is Git
Figure 1 – Comic Strip: This is Git

Suresh shares this resource from Roger Dudler, git – the simple guide
Figure 2 – Git – The Simple Guide Workflow Diagram
Figure 2 – Git – The Simple Guide Workflow Diagram

Have an Idea or Suggestion to Improve D365 Business Central?

Sara reminds us: “If you have Business Central application ideas for future releases/updates, you can post it on the Dynamics 365 Business Central Forum.

Figure 3 – Idea Categories on the Dynamics 365 Business Central Forum
Figure 3 – Idea Categories on the Dynamics 365 Business Central Forum



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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