This example illustrates how you can retrieve location information. The example implements a GetLocation action on the Customer Card (page 21) that returns the GPS coordinates of the current customers address. It does not save this information to the database. Scenarios in which this functionality could be useful would be displaying a map that shows where your customer is located based on the GPS coordinates. Or, functionality to plan the next round of customer visits based on the addresses of your customers.

Important
The location information is only available on devices that run the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Universal App and have GPS capabilities. This means that location information is not available from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client or from a browser.

To implement location in C/AL

  1. In the development environment, on the Tools menu, choose Object Designer to open the Object Designer window.

  2. In Object Designer, choose Pages, select the Customer Card (page 21) and then choose the Design button.

  3. From the Page Designer window, on the View menu, choose C/AL Globals.

  4. Create the following variable:

    Variable name DataType SubType

    Location

    DotNet

    Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.Capabilities.LocationProvider

    Important
    Choose the Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.ClientExtensions dll on the Server tab, and then choose Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.Capabilities.LocationProvider

    Make sure to set the properties RunOnClient and WithEvents to Yes.

    LocationAvailable

    Boolean

    -

  5. On the View menu, select C/AL Code and in the C/AL Editor locate the OnOpenPage trigger.

  6. Instantiate the Location variable by adding the following code to the OnOpenPage trigger.

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    IF Location.IsAvailable THEN
    BEGIN
      Location := Location.Create;
      LocationAvailable := TRUE;
    END;
  7. Next, create the page action. Choose the View menu, and then select Page Actions.

  8. Locate the ActionGroup named Customer and create a new action; GetLocation with the following properties.

    Property Value

    Name

    GetLocation

    Visible

    LocationAvailable

    Promoted

    Yes

    PromotedCategory

    Process

    PromotedIsBig

    Yes

  9. Now, in the C/AL Editor, on the GetLocation - OnAction trigger, insert the following line of code.

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    Location.RequestLocationAsync;
  10. While still in the C/AL Editor, on the LocationChanged trigger add the following code to handle the GPS coordinates. LocationChanged is called when the device has obtained a status.

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    Location::LocationChanged(Location : DotNet "Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.Capabilities.Location")
    IF(Location.Status = 0) THEN
    MESSAGE('Your position: %1 %2', Location.Coordinate.Latitude, Location.Coordinate.Longitude)
    ELSE
    MESSAGE('Position not available');
    Important
    Location.Status can be 0 = Available, 1 = NoData (no data could be obtained), 2 = TimedOut (location information not obtained in due time), or 3 = NotAvailable (for example user denied app access to location).

  11. Close the C/AL Editor, and then save and compile the page.

  12. You can now test the modified Customer Card page in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Universal App from either a tablet or a phone with GPS capabilities.

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