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Submitted by Suzanne Scanlan on 7 February 2020

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 279

The NAV community, including the ArcherPoint teArcherPoint Dynamics NAV and BC Developer Digest Blogchnical 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.

Formatting Reports

Bill W asks: “Has anyone successfully ‘boxed’ a report? You know, made it look like it was printed on a pre-printed form with boxes and lines everywhere? I originally had everything in the body and made that the size of a page, but then the client decided they wanted additional things in the header and footer to repeat on each page, which is where the report has just gone bonkers. What are my possible options? Here are two I came up with:

  1. Background image in a rectangle with the lines. This is not even an option, since they'll want changes that will blow this one out of the water.
  2. Filler lines to get the text boxes to go all the way to the footer, add border to textboxes. Perhaps a better option?

I’m headed on the route of filler lines. I don't really think there's another ‘better’ option.”

Share your suggestions below. 

Support for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Ended January 2020

Saurav notes: “On January 14, 2020, mainstream support ended for Dynamics NAV 2015. It’s time to remind our customers on NAV 2015 to upgrade to Business Central 14/15. Which version of NAV/Business Central will Microsoft end mainstream support for next? Any guesses? 

Kyle guesses: “5.” 

Matt T says: “NAV 2016 on April 13th, 2021.”

Saurav responds: “The next version going out of mainstream support is BC13 (April 14, 2020).

Check out the software lifecycle policy from Microsoft.“

Matt T comments: “I wish Business Central came up when you searched NAV :)”

JetBrains Mono Font

Kyle shares a typeface for developers: JetBrains Mono

Programming 20 Years Ago

Kyle shares this article by Sedat Kapanoglu: “How is Computer Programming Different Today Than 20 Years Ago? Read his substantial list of differences, take a look back, and have a chuckle or two.”

Crystal wants to know: “So, exactly was does our development team's occult symbol look like?” 

Matt T adds: “Just for context, 20 years ago, NAV wasn't owned by Microsoft. Navision had just released the manufacturing module and a version that worked with SQL Server.”

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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