#016 HOW TO CREATE A CONTROL ADD-IN IN AL

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#016 HOW TO CREATE A CONTROL ADD-IN IN AL

A Control Add-In is a custom control or a visual element to display and modify data in a page. With a Control Add-In we can display a web page, visualize data or a map and exchange data with Business Central.

To build a Control Add-in in C/AL a C# dll was required to interop Dynamics NAV with Javascript.

Now the dll is not required because there is a Control Add-In object making the process simpler to develop.


Control Add-In Object Properties:

  • Scripts – The scripts can be local files on our project, or they can refer to external files using HTTP or HTTPS protocol.
  • StartupScript – We can call a special script that runs when the add-in is loaded. Scripts and StartupScript initialize the Control Add-In. See also the RecreateScript and RefreshScript properties.
  • Images – External resources such as pictures or even files.
  • Stylesheets – With Stylesheets we can give additional styling to the Control Add-In.

Control Add-In Styling Properties:

  • HorizontalShrink
  • HorizontalStretch
  • MinimumHeight
  • MinimumWidth
  • MaximumHeight
  • MaximumWidth
  • RequestedHeight
  • RequestedWidth
  • VerticalShrink
  • VerticalStretch

Let’s see how we can build a simple Control Add-In.

Step 1: Create the Control Add-In object

Step 1 Create the Control Add-In object

Step 2: Create a CardPart Page with the Control Add-In

Step 2 Create a CardPart Page with the Control Add-In

Step 3: Add the CardPart Page to the Customer Card Page

Step 3 Add the CardPart Page to the Customer Card Page

Step 4: Run the Page & view the results

Step 4 Run the Page & view the results

We can see a blue rectangle that we have previously defined.

Official documentation from Microsoft is available here.