After last week I stopped counting the number of blogs about the new code editor and intellisense.
Personally I think it is great news Microsoft invested in the editor moving us to a more modern environments.
Before I move on. Please note that we are actually using an editor that was designed as a Visual Studio editor, namely for AX. Hence we have moved to Visual Studio. Well, a small part.
Now that I have your attention I actually wanted to rant a little bit. Don’t take this wrong, but there are two odd things.
First off all, we know that NAV is full of boat anchors. Obsolete elements of the application that we just move from one version to the next.
What happens in NAV2016 if you type in “BE”.
Yes, the first hint is BEEP.
And what happens if you run that?
This got continued 4 releases ago.
Come on my friends, you can do better than this! Clean up these old commands. We get new people in the channel that don’t know classic client and are confused!
The first reaction when I heard Microsoft had a new code editor was, why did they not do Where Used first. We had a code editor. We did not have Where Used. I would have prioritized differently. Lets see what NAV2017 brings.
The good old symbol menu is still there. I asked them to do that. We need a reference if we don’t know the object. Intellisense is great if you know what you want, but you cannot explore the methods of an objects.
It would be nice, that if you use the Symbol Menu and find what you are looking fore, it would actually paste the results in the editor.
The feature is great and the best value is in bringing on board a new generation of developers that otherwise run off before they can fall in love with our beautifull product.