Enter Data

Learning Objectives

  • Know how to insert data in the Visual Designer or Architecture Repository. This data will be used in a model.
  • Insert architecture data (direct and indirect data entry)
  • Remove data entities
  • Administer process entities
  • Administer application entities
  • Administer server entities
  • Change the folder an entity is stored in
  • Change the name, title and description of an entity
  • Change the image of an entity
  • Change the type of an entity

Insert Data to be used in a Model

On Dragon1 you create models. These models will be used to create views and visualizations like diagrams. On Dragon1 a model is defined as a set of related entities. These entities are the data you enter.

You can enter data in various ways. Here we describe two ways:

  • Direct data entry via the New/Edit dialog
  • Indirect data entry via dragging shapes onto the drawing canvas

An example of the result of direct data entry via the drop down menus of Draw Archifact and Draw Entity. A folder contains inserted entities.

Direct Data Entry

To enter data directly:

  • Open an existing Cabinet in the Visual Designer (via the Open Cabinet button)
  • Expand a dossier (by clicking on the plus sign)
  • Select a folder (by clicking on the folder name)
  • Move your mouse to the Draw Archifact or Draw Entity button. The drop down menu expands
  • Click on an item in the dropdown menu
  • You see your new entity added in the Explorer Treeview
  • Select the item in the treeview and click Edit in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit dialog for the selected entity class will be opened
  • Type in at least a descriptive name (preferably without spaces, but with hyphens: hello-world, small-business-sales)
  • Click OK to save your data entry

Indirect Data Entry

To enter data indirectly:

  • Select a folder in the Explorer Treeview
  • Select a model entity in a folder (for example your Use Case model from the previous exercise)
  • Drag a shape from the Shapes Panel. (Check that you have selected a model entity and not a folder)
  • Automatically an entity is also added in the Explorer Treeview, depending on your Modeling settings. You can choose whether or not adding an entity is Always done, Never done or Always asked first.
  • If the shape is a basic shape like a Circle or Rectangle (with no actual meaning as entity class) it is added as Entity in the treeview.
  • Select the entity in the treeview and click Edit in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit dialog for the selected entity will be opened
  • Type in at least a descriptive name (preferably without spaces, but with hyphens)
  • Select the folder via the drop down in which folder you want to store your entity in
  • Click OK to save your data entry

Remove Data Entities

To remove or delete your data entities:

  • Select your (added) entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Move your mouse over the Edit button
  • Click the Delete button. Now a dialog screen will ask you if you are sure
  • Click OK to delete the entity
  • Delete also your shape entity from your model on the canvas with the smart tools
  • Save your Visualization

Administer Process Entities

To administer your process entities:

  • Select a folder in the Explorer Treeview
  • Move your mouse to the button Draw Entity in the Button Bar
  • Click on the Process shape in the drop down menu
  • See that an entity is added in the Explorer Treeview
  • Do this three times to create three processes
  • Select a process entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click Edit in the Button Bar
  • Enter a name in the name field
  • Click OK
  • Do this for all the processes

A screenshot with the Insert Business Process button select in the dropdown menu for Draw Entity.

Administer Application Entities

To administer your application entities:

  • Select a folder in the Explorer Treeview
  • Move your mouse to the button Draw Entity in the Button Bar
  • Click on the Application shape in the drop down menu
  • See that an entity is added in the Explorer Treeview
  • Do this three times to create three application
  • Select an application entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click Edit in the Button Bar
  • Enter a name in the name field
  • Click OK
  • Do this for all the applications

Administer Server Entities

To administer your server entities:

  • Select a folder in the Explorer Treeview
  • Move your mouse to the button Draw Entity in the Button Bar
  • Click on the Server shape in the drop down menu
  • See that an entity is added in the Explorer Treeview
  • Do this three times to create three servers
  • Select a server entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click Edit in the Button Bar
  • Enter a name in the name field
  • Click OK
  • Do this for all the servers

Change the Folder an Entity is Stored in

To change the folder in which your entity is stored:

  • Select an entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click the Edit Button in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit Dialog appears
  • Change the select folder in the dropdown box at the bottom of the Identity TAB

Change the Name, Title and Description of an Entity

To change your entities name, title and description:

  • Select an entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click the Edit Button in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit Dialog appears
  • Type is a name in the name field
  • Type is a title in the title field
  • Type is a description in the description field
  • Type in a valid URL in the Image/Video URL field
  • Click OK

If you select the entity in the Explorer Treeview you see the name, title and description of the entity.

Change the image of an Entity

To change the image of your entity:

  • Select an entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click the Edit Button in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit Dialog appears
  • Go to the information tab of the New/Edit Dialog
  • Type in a valid URL in the Image/Video URL field
  • Go to the Resource Center web application and click on the Upload files link (available for PRO and ENTERPRISE users)
  • Upload your file and use the produced URL of your file in the Image/Video URL field
  • Click OK

If you select the Entity in the Explorer Treeview you see the image shown.

Change the type of an Entity

To change the type of your entity:

  • Select an entity in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click the Edit Button in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit Dialog appears
  • Double click on a type in the New/Edit Dialog
  • Click OK

Add more than One Entity at Once

To add more than one entity at once, use the ^ after every name you type in the name field (available in the Architecture Repository web application).