Dynamics Business Central / NAV Development: Developer Digest - Vol. 411

Dynamics Business Central / NAV Development: Developer Digest - Vol. 411

ArcherPoint’s Developer Digest focuses on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV development. In Developer Digest Volume 411, you’ll read about how to submit Apps to AppSource Validation directly from a DevOps environment, hidden extensions in Business Central, and how an onboarding wizard created CheckList issues in Business Central.

The Dynamics NAV and Business Central 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…for everyone’s 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 the wealth of information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there?

Thus, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV/BC Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV/BC experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

How to Automatically Submit Apps to AppSource Validation

This blog post from Freddy Kristiansen, Lead for the Business Central MVP group at Microsoft, addresses the issue of automatically submitting Apps to AppSource Validation from a DevOps environment. Kristiansen notes the Ingestion API for Partner Center comes with very little documentation and no information about Business Central. Instead of writing code for this process, Kristiansen shows how to use BcContainerHelper (4.0.3) and the Partner Center Ingestion API to automatically submit Apps. This process and BcContainerHelper is designed for updates to Apps.

No error messages have appeared with the Ingestion API process, according to Kristiansen. Comments also suggest version 2.0 of AL-Go for GitHub can also has been successful.

How to Discover Hidden Extensions in Business Central

Silviu Virlan writes on his blog, Business Central Musings, how almost all extensions in Business Central can be seen on the Extensions management page. However, some installed extensions in Business Central SaaS are not visible, so Virlan shows how to find these hidden extensions. To start, Virlan suggests developers download the artifacts for a specific version of Business Central and that you create a BcContainerHelper Powershell module. Virlan suggests reading Working with Artifacts if you have any questions. Virlan walks you through the process, and discusses how AL developers can also create their own hidden clusters of code. But he asks, should developers do so?

Checklist Issue in Business Central

Microsoft MVP Kristen Hosman writes about a customer issue with Checklist in Business Central. Business Central’s CheckList provides users with an overview of their onboarding activities, while allowing them to learn at their own pace. For this particular user, the onboarding wizard ran into problems when it started importing configuration packages for this company. Microsoft Support provided the information for this blog posand shows the entire timeline for fixing the CheckList issue. Microsoft fixed the CheckList wizard bug and was included in the 2022 Wave 2 major release.

Interested in Dynamics NAV and/or 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.

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