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NAV 2013 beta mini-launch at Adriatics Community

Microsoft Comomunity CroatiaIf you want to learn more about the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, and you are from Zagreb, or don’t mind coming to it, the next community event of Microsoft Dynamics Community Adriatics will be fully dedicated to NAV 2013.

There are going to be two presentations. In the first one on the topic of “What’s new in application functionality”, hosted by Ivan Koletić, a member of Microsoft Dynamics NAV product team, who will give an overview of new application features in NAV 2013, and by now you should already know there are plenty.

The second presentation will be about “What’s new in technology”, and will be hosted by me. I won’t be doing any deep-dive this time, and I’ll provide a cloud-perspective overview of a myriad of architecture changes and technology improvements in NAV 2013.

Both of these presentations are merely going to be an introduction in the series of the presentations that will follow over the next several community events. It’s going to be an exciting summer and fall.

If you would like to attend, then please register your attendance (for free, of course) at the event homepage. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Generics in .NET Interop for NAV 2013

image.NET Framework is full of programming conceptual gems, that are now at the fingertips of us poor C/AL folks. One of those is generics. However, the C/AL support for generics at the first glance seems rather limited, and the help file says that you can’t specify data types, and that all generics will be instantiated with System.Object as their type. However, with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, there is a very simple way which allows you to use generics with other data types, as well. So, if .NET Framework Interoperability interests you a slightest bit, here’s a solution. The example below will be for the System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary<,>, and I will show how to use instances of the Dictionary<,> object with any desired data type, without having to pull in any external assemblies. Continue reading Generics in .NET Interop for NAV 2013

Hello, unicode!

image你好,世界!გამარჯობა, მსოფლიო! હેલો, વિશ્વ! مرحبا، العالم! שלום, עולם! नमस्ते, दुनिया! こんにちは世界 ಹಲೋ, ವಿಶ್ವದ! 안녕하세요, 세계! Γεια σου, κόσμε! Привет, мир! வணக்கம், உலக! హలో, ప్రపంచం! สวัสดีโลก!

No, no, I didn’t go fully crazy yet, but I’m surely closing in. Maybe it’s not at all such a big deal as I see it, but the new Unicode support in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is just blowing my socks off. After a quarter century of being tied to a single code page of choice, NAV has finally been freed of it’s single byte per character legacy.

Continue reading Hello, unicode!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Beta Available!

BetaI don’t know about you, but I think today is a great day: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Beta has been published on PartnerSource, and if you have access, you can download it from here.

I’ve been playing around with CTPs for more quite a while, and even though I can’t share any specifics, I can assure you: this is definitely the best release ever, technically, architecturally, functionally and from business value perspective. Whatever angle you take – this release is massive.

I believe I don’t exaggerate if I say that 2013 brings more news in comparison with 2009 R2, than 2009 brought in comparison with 5.0 SP1.

If you want to check more about what exactly is new, I suggest you read the white paper and accompanying documentation at the NAV 2013 launch portal, and I hope the MVPs soon get the clearance to blog about specific features. There are just so many fantastically exciting to-dos for this blog, about NAV 2013, that I’ll probably eat my fingernails – heck, the whole fingers! – in anticipation to be able to start.