The year 2011 has been an amazing year for AX.
Most remarkably, of course, has been the launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Being an engineer, on a team working on a product for several years before finally making it public available, is in all honesty a mixed experience. On one hand you are the “proud parent“ boasting of everything that was accomplished – on the other hand you know it marks the end of a long journey with a great team. The only comforts are how well “your little one” has been received, and that you know a new journey is awaiting just around the corner.
In 2011 we’ve also been treated to no less than two Technical Conferences on AX. After what feels like a decade - they are finally back. For me personally, I’d been missing these opportunities to talk to peer X++ developers and I fully enjoyed every second I spent in Redmond in January and in Nice in November. I also must say “Thank you” for the overwhelming feedback I’ve received from my presentations. It is much appreciated.
Let us keep the momentum next year - I believe AX is ready for 2012!
Enjoy the holidays, and happy new year!
I think I’m going to have a game of Scrabble with my kids without thinking too much about work
Models, XPOs, Model store files, signing, uninstall, metadata, compilation, IL, move between environments – are you on top of them all?
If not, here is a very useful whitepaper: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26571
Thank you for attending Microsoft Dynamics AX EMEA Technical Conference 2011.
I was given the privileges of presenting two sets of features that the Developer and Partners Tools team has been building in this release: Models and new features in MorphX. In the latter breakout Pawel Kruk gave us a deep-dive into the TFS integration with MorphX.
If you’d like to learn more about models, here is a great place to start: AX models - Part 1 - Deploying models
If you’d like to see some of the demos presented – they are just a click away:
I had a great conference – I hope you did too?
Monday morning Microsoft opens the doors for the EMEA Technical Conference focusing on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in Nice in southern France. The weather forecast is good, the scenery is perfect and the country well-known for its culinary offerings and hospitality. But the excitement next week is elsewhere. I’m going to stay indoors, meet with friends, partners, customers and other AX aficionados. I’m going to be part of the excitement of Dynamics AX 2012. I hope you are too?
The session list is now available - 3 key notes, 60 break-out sessions and 24 chalk'n talks:
Remember to sign-up.
With Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 entering the market, Microsoft introduces an innovative and Powerfully Simple ERP solution. At this Microsoft Dynamics AX - Technical Conference Fall Edition, you can jumpstart your product and technology learning in MS Dynamics AX 2012. By attending this three day event, you’ll benefit from new rich functional and technical content as well as best practices delivered by Microsoft leaders and technology experts.
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Two AX technical conferences two within one year! What a treat! And this time in the beautiful surroundings of southern France. I can hardly wait. The first technical conference this year was in January in Redmond. If you missed it, this is your chance – if you are unsure if it is worthwhile, here are my posts from the January event – trying to capture the atmosphere and depth of the knowledge shared:
This time I’ll be presenting Models and MorphX improvements, such as the new X++ editor.
I hope to see you there.
Like previous releases Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides a model driven development platform. It enables us developers to create a business application using predefined types of building blocks (aka. concepts) – each targeted a specific purpose. To be an effective X++ developer you need to know the building blocks and how they relate.
What is new in the meta model for AX 2012? Quite a lot – here is a short summary:
The diagram below shows the most common relationships between concepts. Each arrow should be read as “using”. For example:
I have printed the below diagram, and pinned it to a wall in my office. It serves me as a reference when I navigate the new areas of AX 2012. I hope it can do the same for you.
Click the image for a larger version
You might also want to look at the meta model for AX 4
This is a prominent and frequently used form in the developer workspace – so shouldn’t it be sleek and user friendly?
Here is an annotated screenshot of the final result (click the image for a large version). What do you think?
Sometimes the value added by a garage-project becomes so obvious to everyone, that it must be productized. This is an example. This was literally the last developer feature that made it into AX 2012. Working in an environment where last minute changes to scope is possible despite the project’s (huge) size and extensive engineering processes is another thing I love about my job.
The development training has just been made available for AX 2012. Here are the courses:
The course material is available on PartnerSource.