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Attending NAVTechDays 2019… by bike!

Some of you might already know, but I’m quite crazy about bikes. The past months, I started giving customers a discount if they are within a defined range, and if they can grant me access to a shower after I arrive in the morning. I prefer biking over my company car!

Recently, I was challenged to bike to NAVTechDays 2019, and long story short: I will. We all want a better environment, don’t we?

From my starting point in Rotterdam, the total trip will be about 210 km (to and from NAVTechDays). My bike is a human-powered vehicle (no speed-pedelec), so you’ll probably understand I need lots of motivation and – even more important – fresh air!

Trees generate air, so I’m raising money for Trees for All!
Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps. Do you want to join me in supporting a good cause?

More information about why, how, what and when will be added soon – we’re in the process of recording some vlogs. In the meanwhile: Thanks in advance for your support!

Every year ten billion trees are lost. With disastrous consequences for people, animals and climate. That’s why we invest in trees. How? We plant trees, protect and restore existing forest and raise awareness about the need for trees. Close to home, but also further away through sustainable forestry projects in developing countries. You can help us by planting trees or compensating CO2.

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We’ve moved, and more!

You won’t find our office in Gouda anymore, our new address is:

Dynamics Tailor B.V.
Essebaan 17C
Office 2.02
2908 LJ Capelle aan den IJssel

Of course, there’s more news, and that’s in the “we”:

As of this month, I’m part of a team!

Soon, you’ll find more info here on where to leave your support questions.


Presenting at a Dutch Dynamics Community event!

 

Today, I had the honor to present for the first time in a long while, at a Dutch Dynamics Community event in Woerden.

I’m still too hyped to sleep, so here’s a little summary on what happened, and another promise kept.

Presenting to an audience that’s probably far more experienced than I am is quite far out of my comfort zone, so I was seriously nervous! And making matters worse, I had to do the same session twice. To cut a long story short, I don’t think I made an impression as relaxed as this guy…

…but eventually, I did have a good time, and hope I managed to inspire some people to start using the discussed technology.

A short summary of the session (in Dutch, sorry!):

8. Hoe up-to-date zijn jouw developmentkennis en -vaardigheden?
Spreker: Kevin O’Garro (Freelance Dynamics NAV Specialist)
Tags: Technisch, NAV

Bij diverse projecten, waar ik de afgelopen maanden betrokken was, viel me op dat er nog weinig met moderne technieken gewerkt wordt, die eigenlijk zo nieuw al niet meer zijn. Ik doel dan op zaken als events, delta-merges, en test automation.

In deze sessie wil ik een update geven van deze “nieuwe” technieken en laten zien hoe eenvoudig ze toegepast kunnen worden. En natuurlijk wil ik met jullie in gesprek komen hoe je dit zelf vrij makkelijk kunt oppakken. Niet alleen in nieuwe projecten, maar ook in oude.

To motivate my choice of subject: I’ve had to force myself a number of times to prevent lapsing into old habits and stay innovative. As a software consultant or developer, it’s sometimes difficult to force yourself to investigate new technology thorough enough to use it in projects. I’m relatively young (in my thirties), and a quick learner – most probably there are a lot of developers who struggle even more, or have stopped trying?
Since there’s quite a lot to benefit from newer technology, my presentation is a small recap of what has been pioneered by people like Waldo, Luc van Vugt, Arend-Jan Kaufmann, Vjekoslav Babic and a lot of other NAV enthusiasts/specialists/MVPs.
This in order to try to tickle the curiosity of my audience.

In the end of my 2nd session, we went a little bit out of scope, and had a look at what’s possible when you strictly follow coding guidelines and use tools already available: we converted NAV2016 customizations into AL code, which can be compiled as a V2 Extension in Visual Studio Code!

Maybe it’s the adrenaline, but I really had an awesome evening.

To my guests: Thanks for not only listening, but also engaging!

Last but not least, you can find a (slightly modified version of the) presentation here, including generated objects & files, extra links and a remark that came up during the second session:

Download the presentation (PDF)

Download the demo files (ZIP)

Downloading the ZIP might cause your antivirus to protest a little. This is caused by the fact that the file contains a PowerShell script and a .cmd-file: Nothing to worry about, it’s part of the session.

 
PS: Thanks to Dutch Dynamics Community for the opportunity!

Me, demonstrating something about an ancient version of Dynamics NAV
Above: Me, demonstrating something about an ancient version of Dynamics NAV. Image by Vincent van Rens for Dutch Dynamics Community.