ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV Developer Digest - vol 257

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV Developer Digest - vol 257

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.


Bill polls the tribe: “REST (query/page OData and API) vs. SOAP: The customer is on NAV 2018. They want direction on where to start building out an integration that has the ability to do SOAP or REST. The connector has some issues communicating with the query/page OData exposed now (which probably gives me my answer), but to me, it seems to be a choice between an older, more established SOAP and a newer ‘the future’ OData/REST/API. I don’t have any first-hand experience of how well the API or page/query OData services work. Which way would you steer a customer?  SOAP or REST(query/page/api)?”

Suresh responds: “I prefer SOAP at this point because of the flexibility and ability to create our own services; besides, API is still beta, and we don’t have lot of endpoints available.”

Bill follows: “Do you have any experience defining your own API pages?”

Suresh replies: “No experience, but I believe the only difference is the PageType.”

Business Central on Docker for Newbies

Freddy shares his thoughts in Business Central on Docker for non-experts the reasons most new-to-Docker users resist:

  1. You need to know PowerShell
  2. There is no GUI for Docker
  3. Docker cannot run on your computer
  4. You don’t know what image to use
  5. There are a million parameters on New-BCContainer

Read his full post for everything you need to overcome these fears and get familiar with BC on Docker.

D365 Business Central Entitlements Explained

Have you ever been surprised to see, “You don’t have permissions…” messages for a BC object you were sure you had permission to run? You are not alone! In his Business Central Entitlements post, Dmitry Chadayev explains the two levels of permissions for application objects, actually called Entitlements in BC SaaS (online), and shows how to ensure you have the permissions/entitlements you need.

Hacker Plan Backfires

Kyle shares this fun story for your Friday folly: Geeky license plate earns hacker $12,000 in parking tickets. Not all ‘great’ ideas are great.

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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