March 24, 2014
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You can use the following methods to integrate Microsoft Dynamics AX with other applications:
1- Services and the Application Integration Framework
Services are the preferred option for integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Services in Microsoft Dynamics AX are used to expose its functionality through WCF-based services. Microsoft Dynamics AX code and external applications can consume Microsoft Dynamics AX services. AIF supports the processing of inbound and outbound messages such as message transforms and value lookups. Together, services and AIF provide the programming model, tools, and infrastructure support for XML-based integration with external applications and data
2- .NET interop to X++
You can use the .NET interop to X++ feature to call X++ code using C# or another managed language. A proxy is an automatically generated .NET class, in C# or another managed language, that mimics an X++ class of Microsoft Dynamics AX.
3- .NET interop from X++
The .NET interop from X++ (also known as the CLR Interop in the previous release) provides interoperability with external .NET components and you can execute managed-code components from within X++ code. .NET interop from X++ is useful when you want your X++ code to access functionality provided by a CLR-managed assembly. This includes assemblies that are installed with the .NET Framework and any assemblies that you create with a language such as C# or Visual Basic.NET.
4- Consume external web services
You can use the Microsoft Dynamics AX programming model to consume external web services from within X++ code. To consume an external web service from X++, you must first create a reference to the web service. After creating a reference to the web service, you can invoke it from X++
and view the available methods with IntelliSense. Calling and managing external web services is done completely within Microsoft Dynamics AX.
The following figure shows how the AIF integration components interact with Microsoft Dynamics AX through the AOS.