Generic types in X++ (AX 7)

This blog post assumes that you’re familiar with generic types. If it’s not the case, I suggest you look at my previous blog post before continuing. You can’t create generic types and methods in X++, so why would you care about generics at all? The main reason is that it’s used heavily in .NET codebase …

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Connection string for LINQ to SQL

In my article about connecting to external databases with the help of LINQ to SQL, I already mentioned how to parametrize which database to use, because you’ll likely use different databases for development, test and live environments. I wrote: In real implementations, I usually store DB server and DB name in AX database, create a …

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Connection to external database

You sometimes need to connect from Dynamics AX to another database and read or write data there. The usual approach uses OdbcConnection class, as described on MSDN in How to: Connect to an External Database from X++ Code [AX 2012]. Although it definitely is a possible solution (I used it already in AX 3.0), it …

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Custom date and time format

I was extending a customization of Dynamics AX when I ran into the following piece of code. It formats the current date and time to something like 20150525_0042. str dateValue, dateFormat;   dateValue = date2str( systemDateGet(), 321, DateDay::Digits2, DateSeparator::None, DateMonth::Digits2, DateSeparator::None, DateYear::Digits4, DateFlags::FormatAll);   dateFormat = strFmt( "%1%2%3", dateValue, ‘_’, subStr( strRem(time2Str(timeNow(), TimeSeparator::Space, TimeFormat::Auto), ‘ …

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