Sometimes I just have to write my frustration away in order to clear my head. Don’t expect technical tips and tricks in this post, but maybe some inspiration.
Today I was absolutely flabbergasted. Both on Twitter and on LinkedIn (I am a social media junky) there were actually threads about Microsoft removing the WITH statement in AL. I was litterally like OMG! Go spend your time on the future!!
I’m not going to spend more time on this idiotic topic than this. AL is a horrible programming language and in my future programming career I expect to spend less and less time each year using it.
What does your toolbox look like?
My father-in-law, may he rest in piece, could litterly make anything with his hands. He was a carpenter as a proffession but he could paint, masonry, plastering, pave roads, you name it and he could do it as long as he has the right tools, a good mindset and look at someone do it for a while to pick up some tricks.
As programmers we seem to be married into languages and frameworks and I can only guess why this is the case. In the old world were we came from which was called “On Premises” it was hard to have multiple frameworks, operating systems and databases work side-by-side.
THIS IS NO LONGER TRUE!!! WAKE THE F*CK UP!!
We live in a new world called cloud, preferably the Microsoft Azure cloud and in this new world frameworks, databases and programming languages co-exist side-by-side just fine. Not C/Side is your toolbox but Azure is!
How I am migrating our 200GB+ Database to Business Central with 2000 custom objects? BY USING AZURE!!!!!– Marije Brummel –
Quote me on that.
For the last year or so I’ve been preparing “our” Business Central SAAS migration and the first thing I did was NOT look at AL code and extensions. The first thing I did was to implement Azure Blob Storage.
The second thing I’ve implemented was Azure Functions replacing C/AL code with C# code.
Number four on my list was Logic Apps to replace Job Queue processes scanning for new files and enhance our EDI
Right now we are implementing Cosmos Database, with Logic Apps and custom API to reduce our database size and improve scalability of our Power BI
FIVE PROJECTS to move to Business Central SAAS WITHOUT a single line of AL code written and we started our project about 18 months ago.
The plan is to move to Business Central SAAS within the next 24 monhts with as few AL customisations as possible.
You know what is funny? The things we are moving OUT of Business Central are the things that make us agile. These are the things that we always have to make ad-hoc changes to why we love C/Side so much.
Please implement a new EDI Interface. Boom, done. With Logic Apps and an Azure Function.
Please change this KPI. Boom, done with Power BI.
Please make this change to the UI. Boom, done with Meta UI.
Oh, and off-course to not forget my friends in Denmark.
Please change the layout of this report. Boom, done with ForNAV!
My frustration is probably not gone, it won’t be gone as long as I read people on the internet still treating AL as if it were C/AL WHICH IT IS NOT!
Fortunately I have a fantastic new job at QBS which allows me to evangalise thinking out of the box and helping people get started with Azure. Only last week in a few hours I got a partner up and running with an Azure Tenant running Business Central on a scalable infrastructure to run performance tests.
Could not agree more with your way of thinking here. I’m new to NAV / BC with just a few years of experience but with prior knowledge about cloud potential. I was thrilled about combining this with NAV to make some great solutions. What I found was most of my experienced collogues really question and do not want to embrace new technologies. The “but I can just create a job queue instead” came up a lot. O yea and CI/CD… no comment. As the new guy I sadly could not do much. I also have some built up frustration haha. I think this is the future and BC developers / consultants, we need to think outside the box and start embracing the new technology stack that is available to us. Thankfully some of us are most likely joining you in QBS very soon 🙂
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My feeling is that Microsoft will make use of things like Azure functions or Logic Apps in BC anyway. Like the introduction of CDS for BC.
So at the moment I’m also investing more time in the Power Platform and the Azure stack than learning AL.
Sure you can’t be an expert in every field but wasn’t this the same in the past? Everybody knew that EDI expert, that .net pro or the guy who could to everything with Web Services.
Some weeks ago I was listening to a presentation about Micro Services and I thought to myself ok let’s bring this philosophy also to BC when facing new challenges.