What do you need to know to be ready for Nav 5.0:
I was at the Nav 5.0 preview in Boston. It looks like some exciting new possibilities are around the corner. They made a point of this being a preview and that much may change.
As far as what Knowledge you need for 5.0 (these are Microsoft's categories):
Nice to Have:
C# However you will not be writing Nav 5.0 application code in C#
when you compile your objects they will be converted to a C# assembly and stored on the 2nd tier
Web Services /XML
Internet information Server (IIS) the 2nd tier runs on IIS -know the administrative and installation aspects of this server
SQL 2005 mostly how to administer and SQL report writer In the 3 tier configuration Nav 5.0 will only run on SQL
C/AL - You will still be writing C/AL in a C/SIDE client
You can choose to still run Nav 5.0 as a 2 tier setup and use the native DB or SQL.
But to get the 3 tier benefits it will be only SQL
Nav 5.0 A very cool step forward