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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Programming: Getting Started

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Erlend Dalen started working as a developer with the first version of Axapta in 1998. From 2000 he spent 2 years developing eCommerce, mobile, and integration solutions in Java for a Norwegian IT consultancy company. He has worked for Columbus IT since 2002, first as a senior developer in Norway and in USA and now as the technology manager of the Norwegian branch, where his responsibilities have been to implement new technology areas, creating an eCommerce solution for Dynamics AX, and being the technology solution architect in internal and customer projects.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847197302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847197306
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By Alper Akan on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for functional AX folks who wants to step into AX development but it is a little short on the developers who wants to learn about AX development. As it can be understood from it`s title it just gets you started in this area. For more information, official AX development manuals are needed since they are over 1000+ pages. It is well put together and starts with a little bit of general information about AX and then gets complicated with AOT and X++. It really summarizes how the different modules interact with each other in a functional way so the developers can understand the work-flow in AX better. I think this is a very key point that the official dev. manuals are missing. ERD`s really helps developers to understand and visualize the lay-out in AX in a time efficient way. The book starts developing a car rental application and walks you through necessary steps. I think this is a great idea and something can be used in real life. It includes creating tables, forms, queries, reports and menu's basically all the information to create a basic module from scratch.

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.
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This is an excellent book for getting started with AX. The book's language is straight forward and simple, so you don't need a computer science education to reap the gold nuggets buried inside.

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.
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If you want to learn customizing Microsoft Dynamics AX fast and you have some programming experience, this book will save you time. If you have learned AX in the period that it still was called Axapta, it still might be a good idea to read this book as it provides you with a nice brush up of your theory and new features. Since the early versions a lot has been changed, especially on the outside, like reporting services, enterprise portal, web services and XML.
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.
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