Consuming Web Services using Microsoft Dynamics AX

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Installing Visual Studio tools

Part of the coding that is needed to consume an external service is performed in Visual Studio. This is why we must install both Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 before we can create Visual Studio projects and add them to the AOT. Although you can develop applications that integrate with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 using other versions of Visual Studio, such as Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio Tools are only available for Visual Studio 2010.

To install Visual Studio tools, perform the following steps:

  1. Run the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 setup.

  2. Go to the Install section and select Microsoft Dynamics AX Components.

  3. Click on the Next button to move to the next screen and select Add or modify existing components.

  4. Look under the Developer Tools node and select Visual Studio Tools.

  5. Go through the rest of the setup wizard to complete the installation process.

Installing Visual Studio Tools will add the following extensions to Visual Studio:

  • The Application Explorer option that is available in Visual Studio by navigating to View | Application Explorer. Enabling it will display the AOT in Visual Studio.

  • Two new templates that are available when you create a new project in Visual Studio — Report Model and EP Web Applications.

  • An option to add Visual Studio projects to the AOT. This is the option we’re interested in when consuming web services.

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