Insert an Entity (via the Architecture Repository)

On Dragon1 the user can insert entities into a cabinet. A cabinet is a logical repository that is stored in the Dragon1 database.

If you use the Architecture Repository, you choose the menu item "Insert Entity" on the menubar, fill in the entities details in the New Edit dialog, click OK and you have your entity inserted.

You can also use the Visual Designer: select a folder in a dossier of a cabinet and click on the menu item 'Draw Entity', to insert an entity. Fill in the attributes in the New Edit dialog, click OK, and you have your entity inserted.

What is an entity? - On Dragon1 an entity is something that has its own identity. It is identifiable in a context. A person, a process, an application, an architecture, a concept and principle, all are entities.

Entities can only reside in folders. Folders can only resides in Dossiers and Sub Folders. Dossiers can only reside in Cabinets.

What is an archifact? - An archifact is an architectural archifact, a specialized entity in the field of architecture. Principles, Concepts, Plateaus, Views, Viewpoints etc.. are examples of archifacts.

Archifacts like entities can only reside in folders.


Follow the steps below to insert your entity:

The steps for inserting an entity

  1. Startup the Architecture Repository Web Application (fig 1.)
  2. Create a new Cabinet
  3. Select a folder in a dossier
  4. Click insert archifact or insert entity (fig 1.) on the menubar. (Archifacts are specialized architectural entities).
    1. If you click on the top button you get a list dialogbox first offering you the selection of all available entities in the tool.
    2. If you click on a submenu item in the drop down menu the New Edit Dialog immediately appears (fig 2.)
  5. Enter at least the name of the entity (fig 2.). Later on you can edit the name of the entity anytime if necessary.
  6. Alternatively you enter a title, reference, description and a bitmap image url (2nd tab of the dialog, fig 3.)
  7. Click OK
  8. Now you see your entity added in the treeview within the folder you selected. (fig 4.) (To see all the create information you may need to refresh screen [F5])

Application Screenshots of Dragon1 to show the steps

Figure 1. - Screenshot of the Architecture Repository web application with the 'Insert Entities'-dropdown menu selected.

Figure 2. - Screenshot of the New/Edit Dialog for entities after clicking on the 'Insert Process' submenu item in the 'Insert Entities' drop down menu.

Figure 3. - Screenshot of the New/Edit Dialog for entities after filling in a bitmap image url. In this case the picture was uploaded to the sites folder of the account. But the url can be any internet location.

Figure 4. - Screenshot of Architecture Repository after the insert entity has been selected.

Multiple Insert

You can do multiple insert of entities and archifacts. If you separate the names with ^ like this: sales^procurement^finance, the tool will insert three entities at once.