I am currently working as IT-Support at a company that is basically an NAV (2015) user. All development ist sourced from an external Microsoft partner (the solution we use is a branch-specialized product of said partner). I know my way around in NAV quite well, have a good grasp of its functionality and data structures, however, I have no development experience with C/AL / C/SIDE whatsoever.
In my freetime I do develop small server Apps preferably with Python or Java, and I would be quite interested to dip into C/AL development as well. The short-time goal would be to have an even better grasp on the inner workings, in the long run I would like being able to maybe implement smaller/periferal changes myself.
With the forum search I already found a lot of great recommendations where to look for literature or learning support.
However, I am somewhat stuck on how I could actually try a few things, given that I do not have access to development environment at my workplace (and would not want to experiment there either...).
Is there any chance to set up an NAV2015 development/sandbox environment on my private computer to fiddle around with C/AL (preferrably with NAV 2015)? I don't want to do anything illegal, however, right now I wouldn't want to invest a lot of money either.
Thanks a lot for your support,