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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Programming: Getting Started
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In my opinion in some areas, the book is over-focused on unnecessary things like export/import and missing some other key elements where the official manuals come into play.The codes that are provided seemed pretty accurate excluding the typos. I think the editor could do a better job on this rather than using word spelling check.
Overall, I am giving this book 4 stars. The reason I am giving 4 stars is that some of the information is kind of outdated. The book got stuck into 4.0 version and did not consider the improvements in 2009. Since the new version is coming out soon, some of the information is going to be useless.Read more ›
The first half of the book is a case study of a step-by-step implementation of a car rental application. This is a great idea, as these steps take you through many areas of AX development, and on the way introduces you to most of the building blocks of X++. The approach used is to jump straight into the action, without spending many words on background information, which quite impressively doesn't make the material harder to grasp, but rather makes the book a pleasant and easy read. The book is full of source code examples and screenshots, which will make it easy for you to follow the same steps in your own AX installation.
The second half of the book is a collection of standalone chapters. I particularly liked the chapter on integration with various AX modules. This chapter provides a 10,000 feet overview of the main modules in AX, such as GL, AR, AP and Inventory. Further it provides code samples on how common customizations can be implemented.
There are two kinds of books. Those that struggle to reach the final page count by cutting the original manuscript, and those that struggle to produce enough pages to justify calling it a book. (Something similar is true for sauces). This book is of the latter kind, which is a shame. Important information even for beginners is missing in critical places; whereas plenty of pages are spent on low value information. For example, the book contains a 10 page source dump of an data export/import feature the author has implemented - not because the one already in AX isn't good enough, but simply because he could.Read more ›
It is written in a style that is easy to read and has a logical build up of the subjects and it uses plenty of consistent examples. During reading this book the author takes you on a journey to build your own car rental application. Starting with some general explanation of the environment and the language, moving forward by creating your tables and some elements like forms, queries, reports and menu's. You can recreate the examples and that way get some hands on with the application or take a shortcut and download the examples to fool around with.
Some critical note here is that I do not see why the chapter about Export/Import is there with over ten pages with only the source code unless the authors is very proud that he wrote it from scratch. If this example was needed, why not make an example by extending the standard Ax export/import. Or better, spend the pages on more information about how to set proper indexes and performance tuning (since this will have a major impact on what you deliver as newbie, as will it for some seniors ;-)
For some subjects this book only scratches the surface but there is only so much space in a single book. If you are very experienced and need much in depth information on the subject, you might want to look at a book like the Inside Microsoft Dynamics Ax 2009.Read more ›
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It's a great book, easy to ready and learn ,but it is full of mistakes as well.
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See the book description on the publisher's site: "Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Programming: Getting Started"
When I've received the book, I first thought about beginning... Read more