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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Development-3

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Lesson 1 : Application Explorer

Application Explorer

The Application Explorer in Visual Studio is a representation of the Microsoft Dynamics AX AOT. It is organized in the same structure as the AOT.

Like other window panes in Visual Studio, it can be toggled between visible and invisible. To show this select it from the View menu in Visual Studio. In this you can also be docked or undocked, like other panes in Visual Studio. After discussing how to create a project, the Application Explorer can be used to leverage AOT elements within Visual Studio

It is a tool in Visual Studio that provides a view into the model store in Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can use this to view model elements in the model store and perform tasks. Application Explorer is only available in Visual Studio after you have installed the Visual Studio Tools as part of your Microsoft Dynamics AX installation process. For more information, see Install Visual Studio Tools. For more information about Microsoft Dynamics AX development with Visual Studio, see the following:

  • Visual Studio Integration
  • Visual Studio Development for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Application Explorer Features

The following table lists some of the features of Application Explorer and describes how to use these features.

Feature Description
Multi-select operations You can select multiple elements in the Application Explorer, adjacent or nonadjacent, by using the SHIFT or CTRL keys. For more information, see Keyboard Shortcuts in Application Explorer.
Edit You can right-click some elements in Application Explorer and select Edit. Depending on which item is selected, the appropriate editor will run. For example, if you right-click a project in the C Sharp Projects folder, the system will open Visual Studio and the currently selected project.
Drag-and-drop operations from Application Explorer It supports drag-and-drop operations. This means you can use the mouse to drag elements from the Application Explorer window to a project or solution in Visual Studio. For example, you can add an X++ class to a project by dragging it from the Classesnode in the Application Explorer to an open project in Solution Explorer.
Find as you type To navigate in this you can use the “find as you type” feature by typing a letter on the keyboard. For example, when focused on the SSRS Reports > Reportsexpanded node, typing the letter d will move the focus to the next report that starts with the letter d.
Shortcut menus When you right-click an element, a shortcut menu is displayed with options specific to the selected item. If you use multi-select, only options applicable to all of the selected elements are available from the shortcut menu.
View code When you right-click a method, a job, or a macro, you can select View code. The code for that element appears in the Visual Studio code editor.
Window docking You can dock Application Explorer by using the standard Visual Studio docking window commands. In addition, you can float the Application Explorer window anywhere inside, or even outside the Visual Studio user interface. To change docking options, right-click the Application Explorer window title bar, and then click a new docking option.
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