Search for a string (or a TAG) in .al files with Powershell
Migrating, upgrading, recoding & refactoring the older versions of Dynamics NAV to Business Central you will (or can find) find a lot of documentation tracked both in the Documentation and development notes \ TAG sections within the code.
By loading these sources into Azure DevOps you can use the Microsoft built-in search function to find the strings \ tags of interest.
The same thing can be done by Powershell by reading inside the individual .al files with a few lines of code. it is possible to send the search on output filew or on gridview.
I publish the script because it could be useful to someone in certain situations, even if the changes are managed directly with Git and the DevOps tools with the new technologies for Business Central.
Microsoft Code Search for DevOps
With this integrated DevOps tool it is easy to search for strings in projects \ more projects \ REPOS.
Microsoft Code Search
Code Search in :
- Full projects, single project, single REPO, multi REPO
Searching for string “DEV01”
Windows Powershell Script
With this short windows powershell script I get the same thing by looking in the whole project, in a workspace, in the whole disk.
#SERCH FOR STRING IN .AL FILES (WORKSPACE, APP)
#OPEN DIR, SUBDIR GET .AL FILES
$SearchString = ‘DEV01’ #CP=Customization part code example DEV01; #VersionList=DEV01;IGM02;OIF23 etc.
#Log Folder path
$ObjectPathLog = ‘C:\Customer\Development\CPLOG\’
#CP Output file
$OutCPFile = ‘CPContent_’ + $SearchString + ‘.txt’
#Log Path file
$LogPath = Join-Path $ObjectPathLog $OutCPFile
$MasterDir = ‘C:\Customer\Development\’
#Subfolders Search for .al files
$Subdir = Get-ChildItem -File -Recurse -Path $MasterDir -Include *.al
#Read .al files
$myobjects = Get-ChildItem –Path $Subdir –Filter *.al -File
#SEARCH & OUTPUT
#Output to Log file
$myobjects | Select-String $SearchString | Out-File -FilePath $LogPath -Append -Verbose -NoClobber
#Output to GridView
$myobjects | Select-String $SearchString | Out-GridView
Output to File
Output to Grid View