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(Retired) C/Side Introduction in Microsoft Dynamics® NAV 2013


This five-day instructor-led course focuses on the capabilities and features of the Microsoft Dynamics® NAV 2013 Development Environment. It explains the basic development concepts in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, and provides an overview of the C/AL programming language and various object types. It also introduces new development capabilities, including reporting, queries, and .NET Framework interoperability.


After completing this course, students will gain the skills to:

  • Present the basic object types in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.
  • Describe fundamental aspects of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment. This includes the UI, application objects, and basic metadata concepts.
  • Explain the physical and logical database structure.
  • Explain the features for multi-developer environments.
  • Explain  the concepts of tables and table components.
  • Examine the concept behind primary and secondary keys, and explain how to set them.
  • Create a simple table with primary and secondary keys, and add data to the table.
  • Review the concept of table relations.
  • Set table relations with a filter and condition.
  • Describe special table fields.
  • Use special table fields to improve table features.  
  • Explain the concepts of pages and page components.
  • Describe Page Designer and Action Designer.
  • Create a simple page and add basic controls to the page.
  • Provide an overview of different page types and their characteristics.
  • Discuss best practices in designing pages.
  • Create a Card page, add a container, FastTabs, and fields.
  • Create a List page and link it to the Card page.
  • Create a main page and a Part page, and link the two pages.
  • Describe the concepts and basic use of C/AL code elements.
  • Describe the concepts of data types, simple data types, and complex data types.
  • Explain the concepts of identifiers, variables, and syntax.
  • Explain the syntax of identifiers.
  • Explain the scope of variables.
  • Explain the initialization of variables.
  • Create a simple codeunit to show how to define variables, assign data types, and investigate several default values that are initialized for several data types.
  • Explain the concepts of assignment, statement, and assignment statements.
  • Describe the syntax of statements and introduce the statement separator.
  • Describe automatic type conversions for string, numeric, and other data types.
  • Use assignment statements and the Symbol Menu.
  • Understand the concepts of expressions, terms, and operators.
  • Describe the syntax of an expression.
  • Describe the string operator.
  • Use the string operator.
  • Describe the MAXSTRLEN and the COPYSTR functions.
  • Use the MAXSTRLEN and the COPYSTR functions in an expression.
  • Define numeric expressions, arithmetic operators, and operator precedence.
  • Describe the arithmetic operators, and provide examples.
  • Use the arithmetic operators and examine the operator precedence.
  • Define relational and logical operators and expressions.
  • Describe how to use relational expressions for comparison.
  • Describe how to use relational expressions for set inclusion.
  • Describe how to use logical expressions.
  • Use logical and relational expressions in a page.
  • Define conditional statements and Boolean expressions.
  • Describe the IF statement, the IF-THEN, and IF-THEN-ELSE syntax.
  • Describe the EXIT statement and code indentation.
  • Describe the CASE statement and the syntax of the CASE statement.
  • Define compound statements and comments.
  • Describe the syntax of compound statements with BEGIN and END.
  • Understand the concepts of nested IF statements and the rule of correct indentation.
  • Describe the syntax of comments.
  • Use the IF, EXIT, CASE, and compound statements in a page.
  • Test knowledge about C/AL statements.
  • Define arrays and describe the components of arrays.
  • Describe the syntax of arrays.
  • Explain the power of arrays.
  • Describe how to use strings as arrays of characters.
  • Introduce repetitive statements that are available in C/AL.
  • Use arrays and repetitive statements in a page.
  • Describe the WITH statement, record variables, and the syntax of the WITH statement.
  • Explain the concepts of functions and parameters.
  • Explain the C/AL Symbol Menu.
  • Describe the use and syntax of data access, filtering, and manipulation functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of user interaction functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of string functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of system functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of date functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of number functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of array functions.
  • Describe the use and syntax of several other important functions.
  • Provide an overview of the benefits of creating custom functions.
  • Explain the concepts of local functions and local variables.
  • Create custom functions in a page and call the functions from Actions.
  • Explain the concepts of reports and report components.
  • Provide an overview of different report types and their characteristics.
  • Describe the difference between the logical and the visual design of reports and introduce Report Designer.
  • Describe the logical design of a report.
  • Create the data model for a new report by defining data items in the Report Dataset Designer.
  • Describe the visual design of a report and introduce Microsoft Visual Studio Report Designer.
  • Design the report layout.
  • Introduce Request Page Designer.
  • Design the Request Options page.
  • Explain the concepts of grouping and totaling in a report.
  • Create a grouping and totaling for a report.
  • Add advanced features to a report.
  • Describe the fundamentals of an XMLport and its components.
  • Review how to design XMLports.
  • Explain the Request page functionality.
  • Describe how to use XMLports from C/AL code.
  • Create XMLports for export and import with XML format.
  • Create XMLports for export and import with a fixed and a variable text format.
  • Explain the concepts of codeunits.
  • Provide an overview of designing codeunits.
  • Provide an overview by using codeunits.
  • Define variables and functions in a codeunit.
  • Use the SMTP Mail codeunit.
  • Explain the .NET Interoperability features.
  • Describe the concept of constructors.
  • Communicate between client-side and server-side objects.
  • Describe how to respond to events that are raised by .NET objects.
  • Examine mapping between C/AL and .NET data types.
  • Review the most important C/AL functions for managing .NET objects.
  • Use arrays, collections, and enumerations.
  • Explain how to stream data between C/AL and .NET objects.
  • Present the Query Designer and its features
  • Explain the principles of the query design process
  • Show how to select, join, filter, aggregate, and order data
  • Demonstrate how to access queries from C/AL code
  • Explain how to export data from queries.

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  • Code: 80436
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price: Call for price

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