Microsoft Offers Glimpse of the New AL Code for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Extensions

Recent GitHub merges and updates by contributors to the AL Hello World project
Recent GitHub merges and updates to the AL Hello World project 

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV development team has released the first public glimpse of the future of the AL language, and the reveal, via samples files on GitHub, has generated significant developer interest.


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Not New

Linda, AL is not a new language but it is more than 20 years old. Microsoft is just making some minor changes to the syntax and moving part of the development to Visual Studio Code.

Credit where it's due

Mark, I'll take the credit for that inaccuracy. -Jason

What about the Standard?

The main point is, whether it is still possible to modify the standard NAV objects or not, either within Visual Studio Code Editor or elsewhere. Because, if this is not possible anymore, a considerable part of customized solutions will not be transformable into the new extension model. This will soon have an impact on the popularity of Dynamics NAV.