Back in my time (now I feel old :) ) if you wanted to read a book about Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you just couldn’t—there wasn’t any available. Today, if you want to learn about NAV, not only there are books about programming and implementing, but with new Mark Brummel’s book you can now learn about the most important aspect of Microsoft Dynamics NAV customization projects—the application design. The book hasn’t yet been published, but is already available for preorder through PACKT Publishing at the following link: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Application Design.

I haven’t yet read this book, but from the table of contents available at Mark’s blog I can tell that this is exactly the book that has been missing for far too long. The book explains in detail what the application design in NAV is about, how standard NAV works and about the general principles of NAV data and process model. Then it goes on to create a sample application that is going to be integrated into the NAV later in the book. Principles of important topics such as financial management and different types of setups and entries, it looks into planning functionality, dissects reservation functionality, discusses item costing and tracking, all-in-all it touches every important aspect of standard NAV and explains how to utilize it, and I also believe how you should go on about extending that functionality (if you need to do it).

One particular topic I am eager to learn about is definitely the production and Mark’s ten different way of customizing production functionality for vertical industries.

Two final chapters of the book discuss how to interface to NAV, and how existing interfaces in NAV are built, and about general principles of application design and how they apply to NAV.

I’ve just placed an order for this book, and I hope it arrives soon, because I’m really looking forward to reading and reviewing this book in full here.

Mark is a veteran of NAV and one of the most experienced and proficient NAV experts out there, and now he has distilled this vast knowledge and experience into a book which I’m sure is going to be a slam dunk. Thumbs up, Mark, great job!

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