Modeling Entities (Structure)

1. Introduction

In OMNIA Platform you can add your own entities, and each one is based on an OMNIA concept.

In each entity, it’s possible to define the attributes, the behaviours and the user interface.

2. Model Entities

All entities are modeled on a base concept, from the following: Agents, Commitments, Documents, Events, Generic entities, Resources or Series.

The base type adds some specifications to the modeled entity, such as:

  • Commitments/Events: entities that act as sub-entities of another entity. Cannot be created individually
  • Generic Entities: can act as non-root. These entities will act as sub-entities of another entity, and cannot be managed individually
  • Series: act as numerators for documents. Series are generated automatically when a new document is created

How to add a new entity?

First, the base concept must be selected on the modeling area menu. Then, select the option Add new and define the following properties:

  • Name: the name of the entity (needs to be unique within the model);
  • Description: the textual explanation of the entities’ purpose (can be used as development documentation);
  • Uses a custom data source?: indicates if the attribute is entirely managed on OMNIA, or resides on an external data source;

On Commitments or Events, the following properties are required:

  • You want to exchange the resource: the resource to be used as the transaction resource;
  • It will be provided by the agent: the agent to be used as the transaction provider agent;
  • And received by the agent: the agent to be used as the transaction receiver agent;

On Generic Entities, the following property is available:

  • Is a root entity?: indicates if the entity acts only as a sub-entity;

After creating a new entity, will be automatically generated the default Query, List, Dashboard and Form. If the entity is a Document, a Serie will be also generated.

Each one of these automatically generated artifacts will be named using the entity’s name and the artifact type (to the Entity MyEntity, the Query will be named MyEntityQuery).

3. Attributes

Entity / Attributes

The attributes allow you to define the structure of your entity. Each one will represent a property in the data you can read or write.

How to add a new attribute?

Selecting the option Add new you need to first select one of four types of attribute:

  • Primitive: A primitive type such as a text field or an integer;
  • Enumeration: An enumerated type of the model;
  • Reference: A reference to another entity on the platform;
  • Collection: Another entity that will act as a ‘sub-entity’ of this one. Must be of a compatible type: Events or Commitments in a Document, Commitment or Event, and Generic Entities (only those marked as non-root) in any entity type.

Afterwards, you must fill the following information (not all the fields apply to all attribute types):

  • Name: the name of the attribute (needs to be unique inside the entity);
  • Description: the textual explanation of the attribute’s purpose (can be used as development documentation);
  • Type: the attribute’s data type. Possible values depend on whether we are in a Primitive, an Enumeration, a Reference or a Collection;
  • Is required?: indicates if the attribute is required or not (not applicable to Commitments or Events);
  • Is read only?: indicates if the attribute’s value can be changed by the user’s input (not applicable to Commitments or Events);
  • Is a list of records?: indicates whether or not this attribute will receive multiple values at once.
  • Minimum number of records: the minimum number of records to the collection;
  • Maximum number of records: the maximum number of records to the collection;
  • Uses data source from attribute: in Reference fields, indicates the field used to identify what data source instance to look for the Reference in (optional).

How to set an attribute as required?

In the attributes list, select the attribute you want to change and check the Is required? property.

How to set an attribute as read only?

In the attributes list, select the attribute you want to change and check the Is read only? property.

How to remove an attribute?

Picking the attribute you want to remove, select the option Delete and confirm your option in the confirmation window.

4. Nested Collections

Nested Collections are a simple feature that allow to add a collection as an attribute of another collections.

There are three collection concepts that will now be able to be have other collections as an attribute:

  • Events;
  • Commitments;
  • Generic Entities.

In the User Interface, these collection will be represented as Nested Grids.

How many levels is possible to have?

3 levels deep.

For example:

  • Document MyDocument
    • Commitment DocumentLines
      • Commitment CommitmentDetailLines
        • Generic Entity DetailsDistribution

5. Behaviours

Entity / Behaviours

In order to extend your application you can add new behaviours to your entities.

Click here, to know more about behaviours.

How to add a new behaviour?

Selecting the option Add new you need to choose the behaviour’s type you want to add. After that, you need to fill the following information:

  • Code: the code of the behaviour (needs to be unique inside the entity);
  • Description: the textual explanation of the behaviour (can be used as development documentation);
  • Attribute: in a formula behaviour represents the calculated attribute and in an action behaviour the attribute which triggers the behaviour (the remaining behaviour types doesn’t have this property);
  • Code: the C# code to execute;

What is an Accelerator?

  The accelerator feature is a simple yet powerful tool that enables you to easily generate code for a multitude of actions. There are, currently, three entity behaviour accelerators available:

Accelerator_GetEntity

  • Get Entity This accelerator allows you to connect pre-existing attributes in a very simple manner, bridging the gap between them and allowing you assign an entity value to a different attribute, regardless of its context.

    Example: Get the UnitPrice of a Product (Resource) and output it to a purchase order document element.

  • Execute Query This accelerator was built to enable you to execute queries and manipulate its output data in a different context that its initial. Example: Get all available products of a specific supplier, filter them by price range, and output that information directly on a document.

  • Execute Application Behaviour With this accelerator, you’ll be able to easily execute Application Behaviours and its output data, regardless of context. Example: You have an Application Behaviour that calculates currency rates, based on online values. Call and execute that behaviour from any entity.

How to edit the execution code of a behaviour?

In the behaviours list, select the behaviour you want to change and, in the code editor, write the new code you want to execute.

How to remove a behaviour?

Picking the behaviour you want to remove, select the option Delete and confirm your option in the confirmation window.

6. Security

To ensure the data access security, the platform’s runtime will evaluate the current user’s permissions to the entity (using the configured Roles and Policies).

If the user is trying to obtain the data of one record (either to consult the data or to edit the record), the platform’s runtime will evaluate through the default Query if the user has access to the corresponding record.

To ensure the security mechanism works properly, the following rules should be guaranteed:

  • The default Query exists (is created automatically, shouldn’t be removed);
  • The default query has the _code property (is created automatically, shouldn’t be removed).