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I’ve been fortunate enough to be assigned to a Microsoft Dynamics Business Central implementation, and working in AL has been a whole new world for me. Coming back to Visual Studio and auto-complete after years of being in the old NAV development environment is nice. Years ago, I split my time between ASP.NET/C# development and NAV development, and it’s good to have Intellisense back. I had pretty well forgotten what it was like to have all those fancy bells and whistles after years of toiling in the bare-bones NAV development environment.
It is definitely an adjustment, though. In AL development, you’re (kind of) writing the text version of an object, instead of adding code to the compiled version of the object in legacy NAV development. (Please be aware: That explanation is not technically what’s happening behind the scenes for either AL or C/AL development. It’s just a convenient metaphor for how things feel.) I have observed that there are some little differences, and so here’s a list of things I wish someone would have told me when I got started doing AL development:
I got the inspiration for the name of this post from our local TV talk show, which does a “Things I’ve Noticed” segment every week. I think their “things” are less practical (but more entertaining!) than mine, so here are a few videos you can watch if you want to waste some time.
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