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Programming Microsoft® Dynamics™ NAV: Create, modify, and maintain applications in NAV 5.0, the latest version of the ERP application formerly known as Navision by David Studebaker

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XMLports

XML is eXtensible Markup Language, a structured text format that was developed specifically to describe data to be shared by dissimilar systems. Because the manual creation and handling of XML-formatted data is rather tedious and very subject to error, NAV has XMLports, a data import/export function that processes XML-formatted data only. Use of XMLports allows the setup of XML-based communication with another system.

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XML is very important because in the future, most system-to-system communication will be built on XML documents.

XML data is text based, with each piece of information structured in one of two basic formats:

  • <StartTag>data value</EndTag> (an Element format)
  • <Data Item Name = "data value"> (an Attribute format)

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