Creating Entities
  • 19 Jul 2022
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Creating Entities

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Overview

Data Structure Quick Summary
Complexity?Performance Impact?Saves to Database?Configuration Folder?Entity Framework?Folder Behavior?Process Tracking?
MediumMediumYesYesYesNoNo

Entities are objects that do not have a folder behavior type but can be stored in a folder and viewed from the Portal. Entities include automatic tracking such as who created it, created date, modified date, and who modified it. Entities can also be soft deleted. Entities can enable actions to automatically create and edit without the need to build such actions from scratch by enabling the desired action option when creating the Entity.


Example

  1. In a Designer Project, click CREATE DATATYPES/INTEGRATION. Under USER DEFINED TYPES, select Entity.
  2. Name the Entity Data Structure [Person]. Define the names and the types of the data fields. Select SAVE.
  3. Once the window closes, the new Data Structure appears in the parent Designer Project.


Entity Data Structure Settings

Advanced

Setting NameFunction
Enable CachingEnables the Entity to be loaded into the cache
Hide In SearchThis hides the data type from appearing when it is searched
Include ID In Flow Cache KeyAdds the GUID to the Cache Step Key for easier searching
Type Name SpaceCreates the unique identifier for the Entity (namespace.typename) and is used to generate the SQL table name for the Entity (namespace_typename)
Audit ChangesThis saves changes to entity data in the Audited Entities table. This option is used when data monitoring is required for this Entity
Category OrderAllows data field categories to be organized in a certain way. For example, grouping required data fields together
Enable Batch LoadAllows some batch inserting actions to be taken on the back end
Can Be Base TypeAllows the created type to be used as a super-class for sub-classes
Include Type Name in DescriptionThis enables or disables the visibility of the Type namespace
Is Lookup ListEnables the data structure to contain a lookup list
Do Not IndexThis adds the option for the Entity to not add to be included in search results in the database when enabled. This can be configured on new Entities and on existing Entities via a database query. This property is not available from the Portal. 

Actions

Selecting the checkbox next to the following actions allows the user to Add, Delete, and Edit the Entity. However, Custom Folder Entity Actions can also be created.

Action SettingFunction
Show Add with DataThis option gives the user an Add action on stored Entities. This action allows users to add tags on stored Entities.
Show Edit ActionThis action gives users the ability to show an edit action on created Entities. Upon clicking this Entity action, a default Form will appear. It will contain all of the current stored values for that Entity. Any properties that are changed will be stored to that Entity upon clicking the save on the Form.
Show Delete ActionThis action gives a Delete option to stored Entities. When this action is clicked, a user will get a confirmation prompt to confirm this is the selected Entity for deletion.



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