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Submitted by Suzanne Scanlan on 29 December 2017

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV Developer Digest - vol 172 ArcherPoint'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.

The Wow Factor of Dynamics NAV 2018

The blogosphere is abuzz with many articles on NAV 2018. Roberto Stefanetti shares the things that made him say “Wow!” about NAV 2018, now that the release is generally available. In a nutshell, most impressive for end users are:

  • User personalization and web client, including ability to position freeze panes
  • Preview reports on the web client
  • Excel reports menu option in the ribbon menu
  • User tasks
  • Embedded Microsoft Flow

And for the technical / developer users:

  • Choose your development environment (C/SIDE and C/AL or VS Code and AL)
  • Extensions 2.0 publishable / installable
  • Default and Service Language
  • Change server without restart
  • Obsolete state for tables, fields, keys
  • PowerShell cmdlets
  • Universal App and Windows 10 Continuum
  • ASP.NET core
  • OData V4 bound actions

Check out the full article for all the details. Login to MSDynamicsWorld required.

Establishing Inventory Periods

Alan reaches out to the team with this issue:

“I am working with a customer, and trying to institute Inventory Periods for them. The problem is that in 2008 they deleted a bunch of Items. Now my understanding is that NAV goes through and removes the Item Number from the Item Ledger and Value entries.

I am getting an error trying to close an Inventory Period, because an item has been deleted.

Is there any magic or voodoo to work through this error? Have you encountered this and can you advise me on how to setup and use Inventory Periods, even though quite a few items have been deleted?”

Kyle responds, asking, “Have you confirmed that you actually have entries that have a blank Item No.?”

Gwen chimes in, “Just a casual, quick thought. What if you give her what she wants? If Navision wants an item number, give it to her. Can you import a null item record, and rename it so it grabs all the deleted item data?”

Kyle responds, “That is why I'm asking about the actual entries. Either they are blank, in which case I'm not sure what you do. Create a single item card and then set all of the blank entries to be owned by that one item, close your period, and then put them back to blank? If they aren't blank, you'll have to create each missing item number. A developer may help you on your quest.”

Alan answers, “Yes I do have Item Ledger and Value entries with no Item Number. I will try Gwendolyn's suggestion, but it may be onerous, as there are about 72k without items.”

Farewell to 2017

I just want to say thank you for your readership and wish you all a most prosperous 2018!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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