Dynamics Business Central / NAV Developer Digest - Vol. 455
ArcherPoint’s Developer Digest focuses on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV development. This week’s volume includes recommended AL coding practices, Microsoft cleaning up deprecated objects in BC, new features in BC 2023 Wave 2, Community Summit 2023, and the Funny of the Week.
The Dynamics 365 Business Central community comprises professionals devoted to advancing the success of their customers. Developers, project managers, and consultants collaborate to share helpful information across blogs, forums, and social media sites. From discovering new solutions to finding answers to complex issues, these dedicated individuals are constantly sharing their knowledge with others. At ArcherPoint, we recognize and appreciate this highly engaged community’s creativity, hard work, and collective intelligence. To ensure all users can benefit from their expertise, we want to share their wealth of information with everyone.
Business Central 2023 Wave 2 Released
Microsoft announced the availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central 2023 release wave 2 on-prem on October 3, 2023. Get your download now and don’t forget to attend the upcoming BC Launch Event, October 10-12.
Recommended AL coding practices
Krzysztof Bialowas (“Kris”) at MyNavBlog.com offers a series of BC development tips and good practices that are always good to keep top of mind. He suggests basic coding hygiene, like:
- Never hardcode anything in AL…even the error messages.
- Use triggers in the proper places.
- Keep the code simple.
- Maintain naming conventions for variables.
Read his blog, Tips for (not only junior) developers.
Finally, Microsoft is taking out the trash!
For years (since version 14), Microsoft has been deprecating schema elements (tables and fields) but not removing them from the database. This was done to “preserve backwards compatibility and enable a more seamless transition for our customers to the latest versions on-premises and online.” The accumulated schema elements add complexity and prevent reusing obsolete object and field IDs.
So, Microsoft has announced that they will start cleaning up the schemas that have been marked as “ObsoleteState = Removed”, beginning with version 26 (2025 Wave 1) in April 2025. This means that 2024 Wave 2 (version 25) “will be the last one to support a direct upgrade from the hybrid version 14.”
Find out more by reading Duilio Tacconi’s blog, 2026 Wave 1: Cleaning out the closet.
To see the deprecated features that have been or will be removed or replaced, read Microsoft’s announcement, Deprecated Features in the Platform – Clients, Server, and Database.
Learn about the new features in the latest release of Business Central
Participate in the live Business Central Launch Event taking place on October 10-12, 2023. Listen to various product specialists and learn about the latest features, innovations, and capabilities. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
The event is free.
Register for the 2023 Release Wave 2 Business Central Launch Event, occurring October 10-12.
Speaking of the latest BC release…
Eric “Waldo” Wauters, James Crowter, and Arend-Jan Kauffmann go through what’s in the next version of Business Central in this 90-minute overview on Directions4Partners.com. (If you don’t already have an account, click the Request to Join button.)
See Waldo’s post.
Reminder: Community Summit NA 2023 – October 15-20
Be sure to join us in Charlotte for the 2023 Community Summit. There will be hundreds of training sessions on AI, Dynamics products, and Power Platform, an expo with over 200 participants, and a live, in-person help desk for ERP, CRM, and Power Platform.
Attend premium training sessions on Sunday and Monday (October 15-16).
Get 10% off by registering with the ArcherPoint discount link.
Don’t miss this exciting event!
Funny of the week
Another all-too-true example of software design.
Interested in Dynamics NAV and Business Central development? Be sure to see our collection of NAV/BC Development Blogs.
Read “How To” blogs from ArcherPoint for practical advice on using Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.