Since Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations is a cloud-based ERP we cannot work with files on the AOS drive anymore. It was pretty usual to have file-based integrations in AX where you got a file in a folder and processed it.
Of course it’s still possible to work with files, for example from a storage account on Azure like Miquel Vidal has shown in his blog (in Spanish) or with the Recurring Integrations Scheduler tool.
Unzip .NET Streams
So, how do we unzip one of these files? For example, the ISO20022 vendor payment journal file is zipped. What if we need to access the XML file contained in the ZIP?
We’ll need to use the ZipArchive class from System.IO.Compression namespace, and it’s really really easy. For example:
public MemoryStream unizpStream(MemoryStream _stream)
ZipArchive zipArchive = new ZipArchive(_stream);
MemoryStream retStream = new MemoryStream();
var enumerator = zipArchive.Entries.GetEnumerator();
entry = enumerator.Current;.
var unzippedStream = entry.Open();
Edit: this code is valid for a single file ZIP. If the zipped file contains more than one file you must process each Stream inside the while.
We need to copy the unzippedStream stream (which is a DeflateStream) to a MemoryStream (which must be initialized) before returning it.
Remember that to access a .NET collection we need to use an enumerator to loop through it. If you don’t see the methods in the lookup using dot notation just write them, writing .NET code in X++ is still a bit buggy…