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Dynamics Ax2012 Development Cookbook Review

Well Thanks to Mindaugas for his hot recipes with Ax2012. The books has been organised as “how to do it” sections with most of the topics being what we would typically search in the blogosphere. It is like hitting the “I am feeling lucky” button. The author has chosen to go in detail rather being broad and covering less in every topic. So you will get pretty much a deep understanding around the topics.

Who should read it ?

It is for those who have a introduction to Ax and are looking up to sharpen your application skills.

What can i cook out of it ?

The book basically has a diverse thread of chapters like lookups, forms, Ax performance and business process implementation. The book begins with about handling data through temp tables, exporting and importing them. It moves on to detail on Forms with specific focus on adding filters, creating dynamic forms. Special controls like tree and list controls are also covered with good detail. The chapter on look-up is really exhaustive and would introduce you to every possible way of having look-ups with the client application. It includes the tree look-ups, dynamic look-ups and even the color picker.

The business process section details typical journals that would be required in customization like the ledger journal, posting of sales, purchase orders. The author has also devoted a chapter to integration with office clients through the COM connector. This would typically help you in creating components that can work independent of the office snap ins. There is also a chapter on the new services framework and systems services like Query, metadata. It also includes a brief introduction to create new documents using the service framework.

The development efficiency chapter outlines how as a developer you can make your routine tasks easier with add-in tools. The good point is the examples listed here are something that you can readily use like template for the find method, setting up a start up project and so. The final chapter educates you about tuning performance in your application from a developer perspective. There are very good insights in to the trace parser and caching of display methods.

Overall: The book is simple easy and quick to read, well organized with sufficient code examples. A good reader would definitely speed up his skills with a book as such this.

Rating: 3.5/5  click here to buy it now

Thanks to PACKT Publisher for asking me to review this book.

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