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Consuming External Web Services [AX 2012]

Updated: October 13, 2011

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

The Microsoft Dynamics AX programmability model supports services. This means you can consume web services from X++ code, making external functionality available in your Microsoft Dynamics AX application. Some web services are provided free of charge, while others have licensing models that require you to pay a fee. In Microsoft Dynamics AX external web services can enable the following scenarios:

  • Accessing currency exchange rates.

  • Getting shipping rates from multiple carriers.

  • Retrieving availability of parts from external suppliers.

  • Calculating local tax values.

To consume an external web service, you must first create a service reference for it in a Microsoft Visual Studio project, and then add it to the AOT using Visual Studio Tools. After creating a reference to the external web service, you can write code to invoke it from X++ and see the available methods with IntelliSense.

After you have added the service reference in Visual Studio, you can call the external web service from Microsoft Dynamics AX using X++ or C#. For example, you can use the Bing™ Search and Map APIs in your Microsoft Dynamics AX applications.The following topic illustrates adding the Bing Search service reference and calling it from a job in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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