16 & 17 november 2017
Antwerp (Belgium)

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Vjekoslav Babic

Croatia


Cloud Ready Software
Dynamics NAV consultant & trainer

Vjekoslav Babić is an independent Microsoft Dynamics NAV consultant, trainer, author and blogger, with 12 years of experience in NAV and 18 years of experience in IT.

As a solutions architect and a project manager with a leading Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club service provider company, as a Microsoft Dynamics NAV consultant with Microsoft Services, and as an independent consultant, he has been working on Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementations ranging from tiny one-man-bands to international mega-corporations, delivering services and trainings all over the world.

In 2008, Vjekoslav co-authored the acclaimed book “Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009”. Vjekoslav runs an active blog about NAV implementation, project management and development best practices at vjeko.com, acts as a columnist and editorial advisory board member at MSDynamicsWorld.com, and as a columnist in a number of other web or printed periodicals in Croatia and worldwide. Vjekoslav is also a frequent speaker at Microsoft or Microsoft Dynamics conferences.

Since spring 2010, Vjekoslav has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Hosted sessions

Azure Functions Deep Dive
LEVEL: 300 - Advanced
Room 5

If you dig buzzwords, here’s another one for you: FaaS (Function-as-a-Service). When you want Microsoft Dynamics NAV do things that (C/)AL cannot natively cope with, you have always had a number of options. But none of them are as beautiful as Azure Functions, a FaaS offering from Microsoft that allows you to run your small (or big) chunks of code, in the cloud, on demand. Instead of building, and deploying, and hosting, and maintaining the entire service applications, you only focus on coding. In the browser, or VS Code, or full-blown Visual Studio; in C#, or F#, or JavaScript, or Python – it’s all entirely up to you.

This session will answer the three most important questions about Azure Functions: what they are, and what they can do for you; how you can make use of them from both the classic and new development environment; and finally, why you would want to use them. If you think replacing .NET is the only use case, then this session will make you think again, because Azure Functions are so much more.

As a cherry on top, the session will address the most important considerations when using Azure Functions, like performance and security, and – it goes without saying – some obligatory tips & tricks to take home with you.

JavaScript for C/AL Developers
LEVEL: 400 - Expert
Conference Hotel

With an advent of web, and especially the tablet and the phone clients, it became obvious that we won’t be able to pretend the Web world has infiltrated our sacred C/AL ground for much longer. All the Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and above all – JavaScript – have entered into our world and now we need to learn how to make this new animal behave in our own backyard. But JavaScript is not an easy beast to tame. Easygoing to the point of sloppiness, and flexible as a chewing gum, cryptic even before you minify it, as beautifl and elegant as it is cruel and scary, with functions that are variables that are also properties, and expressions, and at the same time behave as if they are all booleans, where everyting is either truthy or falsy, and where == was not good enough as an operator so it also came up with ===, if JavaScript gets you royally confused, don’t worry – it’s all by design.

If there was ever a language that was as powerful as to allow you to do absolutely any kind of craziness you could come up with, but at the same time allowing you to mess things up beyond all reason, then it’s JavaScript. It can do whatever you want it to do, and it’ll let you do whatever you want to do to it. And it now talks directly to C/AL, so you better get to know it well before it starts making fun of you.

This one-day workshop led by Vjekoslav Babić, who had been a seasoned Web developer for years before jumping on the C/AL wagon 13 years ago, you will learn all the intrinsics of JavaScript that can confuse a C/AL developer. Not only you’ll learn all the important language features such as callbacks and closures, or harness the immense power of expressions – you’ll also learn how to write efficient code, how to not make common mistakes, and how to take advantage of amazing development features embedded into every modern browser. And above all, you’ll learn how to properly use all this together with the good old C/AL.

Prerequisites:

The following must be installed on your machine:

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 or above with Development Environment, NST, and the Web Client
  • Visual Studio 2015 or above

Workshop date: Wednesday 15 November

Making Visual Studio Code Your Own
LEVEL: 400 - Expert
Conference Hotel

The days of the good old classic Development Environment are numbered, and there is a new kid in the town: Visual Studio Code. The community is abuzz with the new tool that according to ones is the best thing that could have happened to the civilization, while others are scared off and want the good old C/SIDE back.

What many in the NAV ecosystem do not know is that VS Code is probably the most popular development environment today, and that it does far more than just compile AL into extensions.

This workshop is structured in two parts.

The first part introduces the AL language and the new development paradigm for NAV, which differs substantially from the “old ways”. It will teach you how to create new objects, how to write code, how to speed up the development using snippets and how to generally do the same things in VS Code tomorrow that you did in C/SIDE yesterday.

The second part will focus on how this all is possible in the first place. It will answer questions about how exactly VS Code color codes your AL, how does it know about NAV and how does it know which PowerShell to call and when. It will teach you how VS Code extensions work and how to tap into powerful VS Code extensibility layer and automate your development work. It will teach you how to really make VS Code feel your own.

Prerequisites:

You need to have VS Code installed on your machine, together with the latest build of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Workshop date: Tuesday 14 November


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