Request page automation in NAV 2015

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Most of What’s New information about NAV 2015 will mostly talk about the Word report layouts, as well as the C/AL support for these. However, most of the What’s New documentation doesn’t have a single word about what I find among the most exciting new reporting features in C/AL: the capability to programmatically control the request pages.

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Quick Reporting Tip

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Use Labels (View > Labels) instead of data columns for captions in your reports.  It's amazing how much you save in terms of data transfer. And your Data Set looks…

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How I Reduced Data Upgrade Time By 78 Hours

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Upgrade projects are lots of fun. They are full of challenges that keep you busy day and night all the time.

I have encountered a very interesting challenge on my last upgrade project. The object upgrade process was completed, the data upgrade procedure ready to go, but when we started first tests we realized that the data upgrade execution takes some 39 hours to complete just Step 1. Without even bothering to measure Step 2, we realized we need to do something about it. The customer is running a 24/7 business, and cannot accommodate for such a large downtime, just to upgrade data from NAV 2009 R2 to NAV 2013 R2.

Eventually, we got it down to under a second. If you want to learn how, read on.

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A quick upgrade tip

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When testing the upgrade process, it's a good idea to make a backup after every significant step, such as after importing Step 1 upgrade objects, after completing Step 1, after…

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Any clue about cue?

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Do you know cues? Those clickable colorless stacks of documents in NAV 2009, that turned into clickable blue stack tiles in NAV 2013 R2, and that worked on top of FlowFields of type Integer?

Well, in NAV 2015, this munch bunch has turned into clickable blue tiles with pictures and colorful indicators that are configurable per user, that work on top of any kind of numeric fields (normal or abnormal), or better yet, on top of any kind of numeric expression (you can bind them to RANDOM(1000) for all NAV cares).

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