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BC Adapter - Merge extension tables option

  • 22 March 2023
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In version 20.10.39 you sneaked in a new features in the BC Adapter data source:

  • 17627: Business Central adapter - Merge extension tables option for SQL Server provider
    Added option to merge a table and its extension tables together as one table.

This feature could be very useful but I can’t find any documentation on how it works and if there are any limits or considerations that need to be taken into account.

Initial testing suggest that it works for some tables but maybe not for tables in extension modules?

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Best answer by Thomas Lind 22 March 2023, 15:41

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​Hi Andri

I did the testing of this, so I may have some more info about this.

It is a feature added to help with the newest BC version 20 release. For the earlier versions it will not be able to find any tables to merge.

This version 20 has all the tables split out into multiple tables with a company$tablename$guid setup. Like this

So the what the merge feature does, is to merge these into one customer table for example.

The limits I found was that they were entirely different tables and sometimes the additional ones would make it be not able to be incrementally loaded using the timestamp field.

You can see the generated query if you open the query tool of the table.

 

If you turn off the merge, it will not do so, but the main table will not be named tablename$guid when you select it.

That is pretty much all there is about this.

Also, if you want to try this I can send the demo version I used to you?

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@andri does Thomas’ answer above help clarify the merge functionality? If so could you please help us by marking the best answer above. Please let us know if you have any follow up questions :)

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Thanks, Thomas for giving some description about this feature.

One thing that we are seeing is that fields from extension tables related to “non-standard” BC tables from external modules do not get added to the primary “non-standard” tables. In these cases the extension tables are removed, the guid part of the primary tables are removed from the name but the extension fields do not get added to the primary tables.

Is this a bug, is there a workaround or does this feature only work with extensions to standard BC tables, like Customer, Item etc. ?

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Hi Andri

Do you use the SIFT option as well?

Then maybe it is an issue.

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Hi Thomas

A change to the SIFT option does not seem to make a difference for this issue.

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Hi Andri

Can you still locate these tables as extra tables, or do they not exist in the selection area?

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The main tables from the external module are available but they do not include any new fields. The guid post-fix is removed from the name and their related extension tables are not shown in the selection area.

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If you turn off the merge, so the tables again gets split up, does they appear?

My whole point is to work out what works and what does not to see if there is something to pass on to the developers.

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Yes, if the merge feature is turned off, the extension tables appear again.

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So for a workaround, you could create two data sources based on the same BC provider.

Then one merges the tables and the other do not.

You then add these extension tables to the main ones in the DSA or DWH.

I don’t know if I can replicate it myself, as I only have an exported test database, but I will ask if this is seen as a bug or a feature.

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