What's New in Developing for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009

This topic contains information about some of the new features and enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009.

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Three-Tier Architecture

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, the architecture has changed from a two- to three-tier architecture, enabling the new RoleTailored client and Web services.

RoleTailored Architecture in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Installation and Configuration Help.

Customizable, Role-Based User Interface

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 provides a more intuitive and customizable user interface (UI) called the RoleTailored client, which you can modify to support the job functions of different work roles in your organization. For each role that you support, you can create a customizable Role Center that displays key information that is required by that role and makes day-to-day tasks easier to complete. Partners, administrators, and super users can customize the UI for specific roles, and individual users can also further personalize the UI to meet their specific needs.

Tour of the RoleTailored Client for Developers

Profiles and Role Centers in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Installation and Configuration Help.

Page Objects

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 includes a new object called a page, which is used in the same way as a form. However, unlike forms, you have the flexibility to display pages in the RoleTailored client or to publish a page using a Web service.

You can also transform your existing form objects to page objects.

Creating and Maintaining Pages

Transforming Forms to Pages

Improved Report Design and Functionality

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 offers an improved reporting experience. You can now create interactive reports to which you can add charts, graphs, tables, and other data presentation elements that were not available in previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. You can also save your reports in .pdf or .xls file formats.

Designing Reports for the RoleTailored Client

Redesigning Classic Reports with Visual Studio Report Designer

Business Connections with Web Services

Web services are a standard, widely used method for integrating applications and are supported in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009. By implementing Web services, you can access Microsoft Dynamics NAV data and business logic from outside the product in a standard, secure way. This enables you to connect Microsoft Dynamics NAV to other systems within an organization.

Working with Web Services

C/AL Data Types, Functions, Properties, and Triggers

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, there are some changes to C/AL behavior and some changes to the data types, functions, properties, and triggers that are supported. To develop solutions for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, you should be familiar with these changes.

Changes in C/AL Behavior and Support from Previous Versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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