Business Central APIs online course

General information

This online course is a series of 4 sessions about APIs in Business Central. There are so many possibilities with APIs beyond the standard usage. After this course, you will have learned how to make optimal use of all those possibilities. The course will be delivered online with Teams. All sessions will be recorded and distributed to the attendees.

Target audience

This course can be followed by anyone who is interested in using APIs in Business Central, developers and non-developers alike. For the session about custom APIs it helps if you understand AL code.

Schedule

DateTopic
Monday, August 24, 2020Standard APIs
Thursday, August 27, 2020Advanced features
Monday, August 31, 2020Authorization
Thursday, September 3, 2020Custom APIs

All sessions will be held at 16:00 – 17:30 CEST (UTC+2). Sessions will be 90 minutes. Between the sessions you will be able to ask questions via Teams or by email.

Costs

The price is € 295 excl. VAT per attendee for the complete series of 4 sessions. QBS partners are welcome, please register via the QBS Academy.

Registrations are handled first come first serve. You will receive an invoice and payment link within 2 business days after registration. Invitations for the online session will be sent after the payment has been received.

Prerequisites

You need to have a Business Central environment available in order to work with APIs yourself. Preferably an online sandbox, but a local installation will also work. During the first session we will discuss what tools you need to test API’s.

To create custom APIs you need to have VS Code installed and to know how to create a standard AL workspace.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate and contact me!

Content

Session 1 – Standard APIs

Business Central supports APIs out-of-the-box. In the first session we will explore which APIs are available and how to use them. We will also look at available tools you need to call and test APIs. An important part of Business Central is the support of OData parameters. You will learn which parameters you can use and how it helps to get the data you are looking for.

Session 2 – Advanced features of APIs

There is a lot more to know about Business Central APIs. We will first dive into options to get a better performance, like deep inserts and batch calls. You will also learn about webhooks, a mechanism to subscribe to data changes in API data. Furthermore, we will discuss the possibilities to call code by means of bound and unbound actions. Finally, we will go over the limitations of APIs and how to work with them.

Session 3 – Authorization

Authorization is an essential aspect of APIs. We will go over the different options and pay much attention to OAuth in particular.

Session 4 – Custom APIs

In this final session, you will learn how to create your own custom API’s. This will include a lot of do’s and don’ts. Furthermore, we will also look under the hood of the standard API’s. They are written in AL code, and it makes a lot of sense to understand how they work. We will dive into the source code of the APIs and learn some lessons and best practices that can help us when creating custom APIs.