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Directions 2016 Easter Egg | C/AL in Visual Studio Code?

Ok, it is official. I regret not attending at least one of the Directions events. They published their agenda and there is a really nice easter egg that you must search for.

When blogging about features that have not been released yet it’s always balancing on the edge of NDA and in this case I will “pretend” not to know any details. In general looking at the agenda for Directions and NAVTechDays is always giving you a good idea what is being released, especially when looking at the description.

Modern Development Experience

Maybe it is smart if I just copy and past the description without adding any words just not to get into trouble with Microsoft. In one of my recent “discussions” with Marko Perisic I was called “impatient”. Well, it is very hard not to be Marko, with all this exciting stuff you are working on. I want it yesterday!

Get back to the point dude!

Where was I, a yes, the Modern Development Experience. It was one of the coolest pieces of work I have seen and I hope they show and discuss that at Directions and more.

This is the session extract:

In this session we’ll demo our ‘work in progress’ design tools for building Extensions for Dynamics 365 for Financials. We’ll show how we’ve integrated with Visual Studio code for code editing, debugging & the move to objects as files instead of the database. We’ll also show the improvements we’ve made for C/AL and go over the event subscriber model for building extensions.

The session is done by Stuart Glasson and Esben Nyhuus Kristoffersen. I don’t know Esben but Stuart and I go back to when I first became an MVP when we were collegues for a week in Boston at TechEd. He is easy to regognise when he has is travel luggage with him since it has the Navision logo from the 1990ies. He has the right amount of Navision experience for this huge task which according to him is more a two year project than a two week sprint.

There is also an interactive discussion with Michael Hammond:

Ask the experts! Come for an interactive session and ask any questions you like about building extensions, new tools & compiler, events and AppSource.


Please! This is what we have been asking for at least a small decade. Discuss things like source control, smart compiler, regognising design patterns, using tempates!

Michael is an awesomely nice and smart guy. Unlike Stuart he has a GP background (AFAIK) which gives us a unique opportunity to mix both worlds, especially from an extensions perspective. Extensions are new to NAV but have been in GP forever (AFAIK).

Let’s do extensions open source! Let’s allow a quick change to a delta file in a production database running on SQL Azure. I have the balls, but I need the software to show them.

“Cloud Ready Software” Track

This year there is no MVP track but that does not mean my former Partner Ready Software friends are sitting in the audience.

Cloud Ready Software is a commercial software development company which spun-off from PRS two years ago when Gary, Waldo and Vjeko wanted to commercialise on the relationship with Microsoft and they did an amazing job. I am impressed. They created a list of sessions and workshops together with Microsoft that are designed to get you inspired to move to the cloud and work with extensions and repeatable software.

If you have to make a list of sessions I would make absolutely sure to put a lot of their stuff on your list.

The team is expanded with Arend Jan Kauffmann and Steven Renders. Go guys!


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Reporting from Directions 2006

This Blog Article was brought forward from my old blog


First thing to say is: My appologies for not reporting on a daily bases. Directions is way different from TechEd and much busier for me.

I have also had troubles getting online with my laptop, so I had difficulties reading my email and even listending to my voicemail. My appologies for that also.

About me

For those of you who do not know; my life turned kind of upside down the last couple of months. It was about 6 months ago I got an email saing: You have been rewarded MVP. About a week later, an email came asking for help at TechEd by Microsoft as a MVP. I figured since a MVP award only lasts for 12 months it would be wise to go, since it might be my only chance.

At TechEd I met David and Karen Studebaker from Liberty Grove Software, they have been in the Navision channel for ages. They are serving the US partners with their expertise, especialy doing Upgrades, Training, Development and Consultancy. We were talking about a lot of things and one of those was my intention of starting my own business helping partners.

I started my own business about 4 weeks ago and I joined Liberty Grove as an European Associate. It is a company serving partners and customers helping them implementing and working with Navision. David and Karen were a big help for me profiling myself, they were also the ones inviting me to come to Directions in Atlanta. Please note therefor that visiting Directions was not part of the MVP program.

About Directions

Directions is an event by Microsoft NAV Partners for Microsoft NAV Partners leaning new things about NAV [5.0/5.1] and meeting each other and learning about each others stengths.

About 5.0 and 5.1

I think there is no need in discussing the delay of the new client being now the 5.1 client instead of the 5.0 release. At directions we have had a lot of discussion about this, but I personaly I do not think this is any suprise. I have not had access to the internet for a couple of days but I think there has been lots of discussion about this going on online.

The delay; This is not a suprise to me, unfortunately. Personaly I ‘d rather have a good release than a forced one. Some of you might now that I was able to play around with the new client for half a day at TechEd Boston. I did not have the same pleasure today but what I did see were the huge improvements they have made since June this year.

I have very much confidence in the 5.1 team in to delivering a great release, looking at the improvements they have made since june; imagine them having a full year to finish the product. I have met some of the people working on the product directly and they are so entousiastict about it.

Details about where the discussion went is just not a thing I want to mention since this was not a open event like TechEd.


Just as an example: At TechEd I missed the Lookupforms, because they have these nice dropdown lists, but you cannot filter on those. I was happy to see here that using a Lookupform had become an option.

Wrapping up

When writing this I am waiting for my airplane to leave for Germany, my in-between stop for Amsterdam.

Nice to know

What I also would like to mention is that my reports from TechEd were read by the Senior Product Manager of Navision in Denmark which I think is very good to know for our newsgroups/forums. I won’t mention is name to avoid him being swamped with emails. :mrgreen:


Next up for me will be Convergence Munich and TechEd Barcelona. Both a lot closer for me and without the jetlag wich will probably kill me the next couple of days.

Personal Note

I would like to thank David and Karen Studebaker for inviting be. As mentioned I will be their european associate.

One of the best things about Directions was to meet al the great partners implemening the NAV product in the US.


For my SQL performance tuning in The Netherlands and Belgium I found a  partner in SQL Perform by Hynek Muhlbacher.


Best regards,

Mark Brummel