MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012
DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION
By

Ali Raza Zaidi
Alirazaz.zaidi@systemsltd.com
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Objective.
Prerequisite for Audience
Dynamics Ax
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Architecture...
X++ OVERVIEW
 X++ is the programming language used in MorphX IDE.
 X++ resembles other popular languages such as C# and ...
Code Editor

Jobs
Compiler
The Debugger
Compare
Development Tools(Contd.)

Reverse Engineering
 Simplify collection
 Extract relationships
 Integrate and view collecti...
Naming conventions
Naming conventions contribute to consistency and to making

the application easier to understand.
 {b...
Comments

 Single line “//”
 Block comments “/* */”
 To do comments “TODO.” To do comments appear in the compilers

Tas...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS
Data Type

Declaration
Keyword

Description/Example

String

str

“any string”

Integer

int

2356
...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Composite Date Types

Variable Declaration:
dataType variableIdentifier;
Array Declaration:...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Containers:
 A variable that can contain different types and values of simple and extended...
• Containers There are many functions that manipulate container
• conPeek: Returns the value being held in a specific posi...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Operators:
a) Assignment operators
Operator

Term

Description

=

Becomes equal
to

Assign...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Operators:
b) Arithmetic operators
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Operators:
c) Relational operators
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Operator Precedence:
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Conditional Statements
a)
If Statement

Code syntex is just like c#, c++
if (condition)
{ /...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Conditional Statements
b) Switch statement
switch (expression)
{
case 'Choice1': Statement1...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Conditional Statements
c) Ternary Operator
condition ? statement1 : statement2;
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Loops
a)
while loop

while (condition)
{
//statement;
}
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Loops
b) Do...while statement

do
{
//statement;
}
while (condition);
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Loops
c) For loop
for ( initial value ; condition ; increment)
{
//statement;
}
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Built-in functions:
 Built-in functions can be used anywhere in X++ code.
 These function...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)

Communication Tools:
 Communicating with the end-user
Main types of communication are the...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Communication Tools:
The print command
print "This is a test message.";
pause;
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Communication Tools:
Infolog
 Infolog is the most common method of communicating to the us...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Communication Tools:
Boxes
 Boxes display brief messages to application users.
 There are...
X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.)
Communication Tools:
Dialog
 Dialog boxes are a simplified type of form in Microsoft Dynam...
CLASSES AND OBJECTS
 A class is a software construct that defines the data (state) and

methods (behavior) of the specifi...
Method Access
There are three modifiers available:
• Public allows the method to be called from any code in
the applicatio...
CLASSES AND OBJECTS
Inheritance:
 Inheritance is a concept where one class can inherit all the methods
and variables from...
CLASSES AND OBJECTS
Method Types:
a) Static Methods


Static methods are methods that are attached to a class, but do not...
Main Method
It is used by the system when the class is run directly from a menu item
and it takes a parameter of type args...
Display Methods

Display methods are used on forms and in reports. Display
methods return a value.
display itemName itemNa...
CLASSES AND OBJECTS
Method Types:
d) Accessor
 Accessor methods enable other elements to set or get the values of
variabl...
CLASSES AND OBJECTS
Tables as Classes
• A place for a table buffer is automatically assigned in a table in
classes the new...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE

In Dynamics Ax 2012
• Retrieve data from the database using a select statement
Table Buffers:
A ta...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Select
static void Q1_Select1(Args _args)
{
CustTable CustTable;
;
select Address from Cus...
Sort
You can sort data retrieved from the database in many ways. This
includes:
• Using existing indexes on the tables.
•...
Inner join
while select ledgerTable
join ledgerTrans
where ledgerTrans.accountNum ==
ledgerTable.accountNum
{
amountMST +=...
Exist
while select AccountNum, Name from custTable
order by AccountNum
exists join * from ctr
where (ctr.AccountNum ==
cus...
notExists
while select AccountNum, Name from custTable
order by AccountNum
notExists join * from ctr
where (ctr.AccountNum...
outer
while select AccountNum from custTable order by
AccountNum outer join * from custBankAccount where
custBankAccount.A...
Count
CustTable xCT;
int64 iCountRows; ;
Select COUNT(RecID) from xCT;
iCountRows = xCT.RecID;
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Create
static void Q13_Insert(Args _args)
{
CustTable CustTable;
;
CustTable.AccountNum = ...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Update:
static void Q14_Update(Args _args)
{
SalesTable SalesTable;
;
ttsbegin;
while sele...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Delete
static void Q16_Delete(Args _args)
{
CustTable CustTable;
;
ttsbegin;
select forupd...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)

Transaction Integrity Checking
 It is important to ensure the integrity of all transacti...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Queries:
 A query is an application object in the AOT
 A query performs the same functio...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Queries Using X++:
static void Q20_ViaXPlusPlus(Args _args)
{
Query query;
QueryBuildDataS...
ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.)
Accessing data from Different Companies:
static void Q10_CrossCompanies1(Args _args)
{
Con...
EXCEPTION HANDLING
Exception:
 When code is running, errors can occur due to user input, setup, data,
code, or installati...
EXCEPTION HANDLING
Exception Example:
static void Exception3(Args _args)
{
CustTable custTable;
;
try
{
custTable.AccountN...
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  1. 1. MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION
  2. 2. By Ali Raza Zaidi Alirazaz.zaidi@systemsltd.com
  3. 3. Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • Objective. Prerequisite for Audience Dynamics Ax Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Architecture Data Dictionary User Interfaces X++ Overview X++ Control Statements Classes and Objects Accessing the database Exception Handling Conclusion
  4. 4. X++ OVERVIEW  X++ is the programming language used in MorphX IDE.  X++ resembles other popular languages such as C# and Java.  X++ includes many integrated SQL commands;  X++ is object-oriented language and provides a clean and efficient object-based development platform.  Data Aware Includes keywords such as firstFast, forceSelectOrder, and forUpdate, as well as a database query syntax application aware client, server, changecompany, and display
  5. 5. Code Editor Jobs Compiler The Debugger Compare
  6. 6. Development Tools(Contd.) Reverse Engineering  Simplify collection  Extract relationships  Integrate and view collections in Microsoft Office Visio as UML diagrams
  7. 7. Naming conventions Naming conventions contribute to consistency and to making the application easier to understand.  {business area name} + {business area description} + {action performed (for classes) or type of contents (for tables)} Examples: • CustJournalPrintOutInvoice • PriceDiscAdmDelete • PriceDiscAdmSearch • PriceDiscAdmName • PriceDiscAdmTrans
  8. 8. Comments  Single line “//”  Block comments “/* */”  To do comments “TODO.” To do comments appear in the compilers Tasks tab page.  /// <summary> /// This is an XML comment with tags to distinguish sections. /// </summary>
  9. 9. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS Data Type Declaration Keyword Description/Example String str “any string” Integer int 2356 Real Real 3.14 Date date 24112010 Enum Must be declared as a Base Enum first Enum values are represented internally as Integers. Boolean boolean True/False Time timeOfDay 15:23:08 utcDateTime utcDateTime 9/28/2008 07:11:02 am Guid guid Global Unique Identifier, a reference number which is unique in any context Int64 Int64 A large integer, represent by 64 bits.
  10. 10. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Composite Date Types Variable Declaration: dataType variableIdentifier; Array Declaration: real realUnlimtedArray[]; real realLimitedArray[10]; // Unlimited index values // maximum of 10 values
  11. 11. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Containers:  A variable that can contain different types and values of simple and extended data types, including arrays and other container variables. Classes cannot be put into containers. container c; int i, j; str txt; ; c = [10, 20, "test"]; print conPeek(c, 3); [i,j,txt] = c; // the container is declared // the container has 3 values set // the third element is printed // Variables being set
  12. 12. • Containers There are many functions that manipulate container • conPeek: Returns the value being held in a specific position in the • • • • • • container. conDel: Removes a value from a specific position in the container. conNull: Returns an empty container. conFind: Finds the position in the container that a certain value is being held (if found). conIns: Inserts a value into a specific position in the container. conPoke: Replaces the value in a specific position in the container with a new value. conLen: Returns the number of elements in the container.
  13. 13. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Operators: a) Assignment operators Operator Term Description = Becomes equal to Assigns the expression on the right of the equal sign to the variable on the left. += Increments the variable on the left by the value on the right. ++ Increments the variable on the left by 1. -= Decrements the variable on the left by the value on the right. -- Decrements the variable on the left by 1.
  14. 14. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Operators: b) Arithmetic operators
  15. 15. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Operators: c) Relational operators
  16. 16. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Operator Precedence:
  17. 17. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Conditional Statements a) If Statement Code syntex is just like c#, c++ if (condition) { //if true these statements are executed } else { //if false these statements are executed }
  18. 18. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Conditional Statements b) Switch statement switch (expression) { case 'Choice1': Statement1; Statement2; break; case 'Choice2': Statement3; break; case 'Choice3': Statement4; Statement5; Statement6; break; default : DefaultStatement; }
  19. 19. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Conditional Statements c) Ternary Operator condition ? statement1 : statement2;
  20. 20. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Loops a) while loop while (condition) { //statement; }
  21. 21. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Loops b) Do...while statement do { //statement; } while (condition);
  22. 22. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Loops c) For loop for ( initial value ; condition ; increment) { //statement; }
  23. 23. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Built-in functions:  Built-in functions can be used anywhere in X++ code.  These functions can be typed manually or accessed by using the context (rightclick) menu in the code editor and selecting List Built-in Functions, or by pressing Shift+F4. Example str letters; ; letters ="ABCDEFG"; print subStr(letters, 2, 4); print subStr(letters, 5, -3); Result : BCDE CDE
  24. 24. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Communication Tools:  Communicating with the end-user Main types of communication are the following:  Forms and reports which are used for input and output of larger amounts of data  Print commands, infologs and dialog boxes which are generally used for specific data input and output
  25. 25. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Communication Tools: The print command print "This is a test message."; pause;
  26. 26. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Communication Tools: Infolog  Infolog is the most common method of communicating to the user information about how a process has been executed.  Boxes can output a message to a user, but sometimes multiple messages are generated during processing. Usage Example: Info ("This is an info infolog");
  27. 27. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Communication Tools: Boxes  Boxes display brief messages to application users.  There are many different box types and each has their own box method.  Methods in the box class take the following parameters • The main text • The title bar text • Help text Example box::info('Main Text', 'Title', 'This is the help text');
  28. 28. X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS(Contd.) Communication Tools: Dialog  Dialog boxes are a simplified type of form in Microsoft Dynamics AX.  They are generated from the Dialog class. Example static void Simple_Dialog(Args _args) { dialog dlg; dialogGroup dlgGroup; dialogField dlgField; ; dlg = new dialog("Simple Dialog"); dlgGroup = dlg.addGroup("Customer"); dlgField = dlg.addField(TypeID(custAccount),"Account Number"); if (dlg.run()) { print dlgField.value(); pause; } }
  29. 29. CLASSES AND OBJECTS  A class is a software construct that defines the data (state) and methods (behavior) of the specific concrete objects that are subsequently constructed from that class. How to create a Class 1. Open the AOT. 2. Locate the Classes node. 3. Right-click the Classes node and select New Class in the context menu. The new class looks as shown below. 4. A new class named Class1 is created and contains one node: the classDeclaration node. It is empty by default. 5. Double-click the classDeclaration node. 6. Enter the declarations between the two { } braces. 7. Right-click on the class and select New Method. 8. Rename the method. 9. Type code between the two { } braces.
  30. 30. Method Access There are three modifiers available: • Public allows the method to be called from any code in the application. • Protected allows the method to be called only by methods in the same class or subclasses of the class in which the method is defined. • Private allows the method to be called only by methods in the same class in which the method is defined.
  31. 31. CLASSES AND OBJECTS Inheritance:  Inheritance is a concept where one class can inherit all the methods and variables from another class. A child class inherits the methods of the parent class. Syntax: class Child extends Parent { } multiple inheritance is not support. Use interfaces and/or composition instead.
  32. 32. CLASSES AND OBJECTS Method Types: a) Static Methods  Static methods are methods that are attached to a class, but do not need that class to be instantiated to execute that method. They are not within the scope of the class, so any class variables are not available in a static method. static void myStaticMethod() { } myClass::myStaticMethod()
  33. 33. Main Method It is used by the system when the class is run directly from a menu item and it takes a parameter of type args. static void main(Args args){}Args is a class that is used to pass parameters between objects, for instance, various parameters can beset on the properties on a menu item.When the menu item calls a class, the args class containing those property values is passed to the main method using the args parameter.
  34. 34. Display Methods Display methods are used on forms and in reports. Display methods return a value. display itemName itemName() { inventTable inventTable ; select name from inventTable where inventTable.itemId == this.itemId; return inventTable.name; }
  35. 35. CLASSES AND OBJECTS Method Types: d) Accessor  Accessor methods enable other elements to set or get the values of variables in a class. It is common that they do both. str myName(str _myName = myName) { ; myName = _myName; return myName; }
  36. 36. CLASSES AND OBJECTS Tables as Classes • A place for a table buffer is automatically assigned in a table in classes the new method is used. • Fields in tables are public; they can be referred to from everywhere. Fields in tables can be referred to directly; for example, in a report, whereas variables in a method can only be referred to using access or methods.
  37. 37. ACCESSING THE DATABASE In Dynamics Ax 2012 • Retrieve data from the database using a select statement Table Buffers: A table buffer is declared like a variable – the table name is specified in the declaration. A table buffer stores complete records in a variable. Select Statements: Select statements are used to retrieve data from a database. The pure select statement returns records to a table buffer.
  38. 38. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Select static void Q1_Select1(Args _args) { CustTable CustTable; ; select Address from CustTable; where CustTable.AccountNum == '1102'; print CustTable.Address; pause; } // To Loop Records while select AccountNum, Name, Address from CustTable { print CustTable.AccountNum+ ": " + CustTable.Name + ": " + CustTable.Address; } pause;
  39. 39. Sort You can sort data retrieved from the database in many ways. This includes: • Using existing indexes on the tables. • Using the order by clause in a select statement. • Using the group by clause in a select statement. while select custTable index AccountIdx { print custTable.AccountNum, " ", custTable.currency; }
  40. 40. Inner join while select ledgerTable join ledgerTrans where ledgerTrans.accountNum == ledgerTable.accountNum { amountMST += ledgerTrans.amountMST; }
  41. 41. Exist while select AccountNum, Name from custTable order by AccountNum exists join * from ctr where (ctr.AccountNum == custTable.AccountNum)
  42. 42. notExists while select AccountNum, Name from custTable order by AccountNum notExists join * from ctr where (ctr.AccountNum == custTable.AccountNum)
  43. 43. outer while select AccountNum from custTable order by AccountNum outer join * from custBankAccount where custBankAccount.AccountNum == custTable.AccountNum { print custTable.AccountNum, " , ", custBankAccount.DlvMode; } pause;
  44. 44. Count CustTable xCT; int64 iCountRows; ; Select COUNT(RecID) from xCT; iCountRows = xCT.RecID;
  45. 45. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Create static void Q13_Insert(Args _args) { CustTable CustTable; ; CustTable.AccountNum = "supposedAccount1"; CustTable.Name = "SupposedName1"; CustTable.insert(); info("Inserted"); }
  46. 46. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Update: static void Q14_Update(Args _args) { SalesTable SalesTable; ; ttsbegin; while select forupdate SalesTable where SalesTable.CustAccount == "1102" { SalesTable.SalesName = "aaaaa"; SalesTable.update(); info("Updated Successfully"); } ttscommit; } SalesTable SalesTable; ; update_recordset SalesTable setting salesName = "Update RecordSet", DeliveryStreet = "New Address" where SalesTable.CustAccount == "1102 “; info("Updated Successfully via RecordSet");
  47. 47. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Delete static void Q16_Delete(Args _args) { CustTable CustTable; ; ttsbegin; select forupdate CustTable where CustTable.AccountNum == "supposedAccount1"; CustTable.delete(); info("Deleted"); ttscommit; } CustTable CustTable; ; while select forupdate CustTable where CustTable.AccountNum == "4018" delete_from CustTable where CustTable.AccountNum == "4018";
  48. 48. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Transaction Integrity Checking  It is important to ensure the integrity of all transactions within the system. When a transaction begins, to ensure data consistency, it must finish completely with predictable results.  The following keywords help in integrity checking: • ttsbegin – Indicates the beginning of the transaction. • ttscommit – Indicates the successful end of a transaction. This ensures the transaction performed as intended upon completion. • ttsabort – Used as an exception to abort and roll back a transaction to the state before the ttsbegin.
  49. 49. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Queries:  A query is an application object in the AOT  A query performs the same function as the select statements, but is a better option as it allows for more flexible user interaction when defining which records are to be retrieved. Queries Using X++:  Queries can also be created and manipulated using X++. There are a number of classes available that you can use to achieve this.  Two important classes when executing a query are:  Query()  The Query() class provides the framework for the query  QueryRun()  QueryRun() class starts this framework dynamically.
  50. 50. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Queries Using X++: static void Q20_ViaXPlusPlus(Args _args) { Query query; QueryBuildDataSource qbds; QueryBuildRange qbr; QueryRun queryrun; CustTable CustTable; ; query = new Query(); qbds = query.addDataSource(TableNum(CustTable)); qbr = qbds.addRange(FieldNum(CustTable,AccountNum)); qbr.value('1101'); qbds.addSortField(FieldNum(CustTable,AccountNum)); queryrun = new QueryRun(query); while(queryrun.next()) { CustTable = queryrun.get(TableNum(CustTable)); Print CustTable.AccountNum + ": " + CustTable.Name; } Pause; }
  51. 51. ACCESSING THE DATABASE (Contd.) Accessing data from Different Companies: static void Q10_CrossCompanies1(Args _args) { Container ConComapnies = ['cee','ceu']; CustTable CustTable; ; while select crossCompany : ConComapnies CustTable { Print CustTable.Name; } pause; }
  52. 52. EXCEPTION HANDLING Exception:  When code is running, errors can occur due to user input, setup, data, code, or installation problems.  Users need a clear indication of when errors occur so they can resolve the problem or report it to an administrator or systems developer, who can investigate what went wrong.
  53. 53. EXCEPTION HANDLING Exception Example: static void Exception3(Args _args) { CustTable custTable; ; try { custTable.AccountNum = '54299'; custTable.CustGroup = '50'; custTable.Address = 'Lahore Pakistan'; if(!custTable.validateWrite()) throw error("1. Record Failed during Validation."); custTable.insert(); info("2. Record saved in database successfully, while passing validation"); } catch(Exception::Error) { error("3. There was an error, while inserting the record."); } }
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