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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review of: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Programming: Getting Started

I had been super() busy since the last few weeks so i was unable to do some serious blogging. I however got time last week and read through the new AX book 'Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Programming: Getting Started' by 'Erlend Dalen' and post my feedback.

"This is a very good book for beginners who want to explore the technical side of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 as well as for Functional consultants who want to know what goes behind the hood. The language is simple and easy to follow and there is a case study which can be referred and the solution to the case study 'Carz Inc.' is unravelled as you move through the chapters. One good thing I like about this book is the plenty of sample code and step by step guidance which will help novice AX developers to understand the concepts and apply in real world scenarios.

Chapter # 8 (Integrate with Standard AX) is also very nice and provides some information regarding the important API's which are required for Xmodule integration. There is plenty of sample code and entity diagrams for integration guidance. Considering the real world implementation scenario, this is an important chapter and has been well written.

Chapter # 9 (Creating a New Module) is also good for developers who want to create a new module in AX , just like the other AX standard modules and it walks the developer through number sequences, parameters, security aspects.

Chapter # 11 (Web Services) however deals with the old version of creating a web service (.asmx). In AX 2009 this framework has significantly changed to use WCF. You may want to refer to the latest AX 2009 SDK for AX 2009 AIF & WCF concepts. "

Overall this is a very nice book for new developers. Its definitely worth reading this book. Kudos Erlend.

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