Thursday, 7 October 2010

More on AX 6 from the Techincal Conference Programme

During the last couple of weeks the programme for the Dynamics AX 2011 Technical Conference has been disclosed gradually. You can head about the conference here, which in itself is an interesting read.

Much more interesting is the sample session content, which indicates in which direction Microsoft Dynamics AX is heading. I have written about the X++ editor and I posted a general summary of AX 6 posts I found around the web. Going through the sample session content further hints to new functionality coming to light, e.g. 

'the new granular metadata support for forms which reduces the upgrade impact, the new metadata driven approach to making the UI context-aware based on country region, the new managed host control which enables easier integration of WPF or WinForm controls, and the ease of use for controls supporting the enhanced user experience.'

and a very interesting session which is described this way:
'Outline the programming models and developer tools in Microsoft Dynamics AX. Layout guidelines for choosing the right programming model, language (.NET or X++) and development tools (MorphX or Visual Studio) for categories of development.'

along with several session covering an upgrade of a X++ report in a SSRS context indicating what I talked about earlier, i.e. that Microsoft is pushing .NET and SSRS as the defacto standard programming languages/platforms for future versions of Dynamics AX. 

To me, it appears that Project Green is arisen in another guise. So instead of having the same kernel for the whole Dynamics portfolio, Microsoft are moving the development tools and language to their .NET framework and Reporting Services.

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