Picking the right data technology

I’ve been studying lately for the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, and the main point of one of the exams (DP-201 – Designing an Azure Data Solution) is all about picking the data platform(s) that best meet the requirements.

Having used SQL Server for many years it’s a simple trap to fall into to just use it for everything. It’s a very powerful tool for running complex queries and can cope with just about anything you want to throw at it, but it’s not always the best choice.

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Retrieving Metadata in D365 / CDS

One of the things that really attracts me to the D365 platform is its metadata capabilities. As an ISV we make a lot of use of this at Data8, making sure our solutions automatically adapt to the customizations that each customer has made in their own system.

There are a few different ways to access the metadata, from both the SDK and Web API. I’m going to look at the SDK options in this post – this is what you’d use in a plugin or external app.

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