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Happy Holidays!

Hey y’all. I just wanted to send my Holiday wishes to the community I value so much. It’s been another crazy year in terms of the world being upside down by this freaking virus. However, it has also shown us how strong this amazing community is – finding new ways to connect, share insights, or …

The “Universal Code Initiative”

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Azure AI in Business Central – The Forecasting Model

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Addendum #01 – Scenario 0032 ‘Test that lookup value shows on standard Customer – List report’

Those who have already acquired and started to read might have discovered that there is a GitHub repo accompanying the book. They also might have seen that a number of out-scoped issues have been already listed. Issues I was going to handle after the book would published. So, here I am with my first addendum to the book tackling the incorporation of the new report extension object introduced in 2020 wave 2, aka BC18. When I was working on this part of the book – i.e. Chapter 8, test example 8 – there was a bug in the AL Language extension which made me decide to not yet include the report extension in the book. Instead I out-scoped it and parked it next to a handful of other issues. Now the book is published I will pick them up in the coming weeks and share them with you in a series of addendum posts.

This addendum is about a new scenario that addresses an additional customer wish, or ATDD scenario:

[FEATURE] LookupValue Report
[SCENARIO #0032] Test that lookup value shows on standard Customer – List report
[GIVEN] 2 customers with different lookup value
[WHEN] Run standard report Customer – List
[THEN] Report dataset contains both customers with lookup value

This introduces the following report extension object:

reportextension 50000 "CustomerListExt" extends "Customer - List"
{
    RDLCLayout = './reportlayouts/CustomerListDefault.rdl';

    dataset
    {
        add(Customer)
        {
            column(Customer_Lookup_Value_Code; "Lookup Value Code")
            {
                IncludeCaption = true;
            }
        }
    }
}

And of course the implementation of the test scenario in a new test method. You can find the added code in the GitHub repo.

Telemetry in BcContainerHelper 3.0.0

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Best Practices for (Per Tenant) Extensions | Protect Yourself

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Oh, TempBlob! What did you do?

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“GENERIC METHOD” | Brilliant or Anti Pattern?

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Business Central Online 19.1, 2D Barcodes Fonts are available

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