APIs in the Standard Application [AX 2012]

Updated: December 7, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

The internal APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) in the application must be used when interfacing to their part of the application.

The application must provide APIs for accessing and protecting the functionality in the application that might be of use in other modules.

Characteristics of an internal API are as follows:

  • It is class-based.

  • The user of the API should only know what the API does or is used for. They shouldn't have to know how the API is implemented.

The purpose of the API can be the following:

  • To provide a simple interface to some complex structures.

  • To provide a well-defined interface to some widely used functionality.

  • To protect the underlying database structures from incorrect use.


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