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Programming Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV 2015 by Christopher Studebaker, David Studebaker

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C/AL's Roots

One of the first questions asked by people new to C/AL is often "what other programming language is it like?" The best response is "Pascal". If the questioner is not familiar with Pascal, the next best response would be "C" or "C#".

At the time the three founders of Navision were attending classes at Denmark Technical University (DTU), Pascal was in wide use as a preferred language not only in computer courses, but also in other courses where computers were tools and software had to be written for data analyses. Some of the strengths of Pascal as a tool in an educational environment also served to make it a good model for Navision's business applications development.

Perhaps coincidentally (perhaps not) at DTU in this same time period, ...

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