What’s new about interfaces in 2021 Wave 1

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Release Wave 1 is out (whoa, that was a mouthful) with some new perks for developers. Today, I had another live session at http://vjeko.live, and I made it both the first one in the series of What’s New for the latest release, as well as the episode four of Fun with Interfaces.

Interfaces are such an amazing feature in AL language, that was long missed, and that’s now saving my day nearly every time I do something with AL. The latest AL compiler (runtime “7.0”) comes with these new interesting features about interfaces:

  • You can mark interfaces for obsoletion.
  • You can mark individual interface functions for obsoletion.
  • You can return interfaces as return type from functions.
  • You can define UnknownValueImplementation for enums to specify the interface that represents any unknown enum values.

Let’s take a look at each one of those with examples.

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Conditional directives

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One of the new features of the AL compiler that arrived with 2020 Wave 2 is Precompiler directives. This is nothing spectacular, programming languages had these kinds of things since the dawn of programming languages, and now we have them too.

The biggest thing, though, is that on their surface, just like so many other features (cough! interfaces, cough, cough, interfaces) you can’t really grasp their full power just by reading the documentation available.

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Schedule for the period ahead

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Happy New Year everyone, with a little delay. I was busy in the first two weeks of this year preparing and delivering the “Leveraging Git” webinar. It turned out to be quite a success, but it also prevented me from doing my live session last Friday.

But this short break doesn’t mean I am not going to get busy with my blog and live blog again. This is what’s coming up.

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Fun with Interfaces: Testing

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Oh how much fun we had today on my live stream, it’s just amazing. First, all the viewers had fun of waiting for me to go live for nearly an hour, and then at some point I managed to unplug my reflector. Perks of live streaming 😁

First of all, I would like to – once again – apologize to everyone who waited for me to go live. I’ll explain in the end of this blog what really happened. For now, let’s go on-topic.

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Fun with Interfaces: Patterns

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Today I had my fifth live stream. The topic was interfaces, and this time I took a different angle at it: patterns. When I polled about live stream topics you’d like to hear about, most of you said “patterns”. So today’s stream covers several patterns and puts them in perspective of interfaces, or the opposite way around, however you like it.

The stream is available on my new http://vjeko.live/ page, and here it is if you hate clicking.

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