Business Entity Designer Tutorial

  • 01. Installing the Business Entity DesignerTo install the Business Entity Designer extract the contents of the provided ZIP file to a local folder. This directory will be referred to as the installation folder of the Business Entity Designer. It is your decision if this folder will be part of your own code base or will be kept external.
  • 02. Setup of the Business Entity Designer shortcutsThe Business Entity Designer, Business Entity Tester and Business Entity Browser are started as regular Progress OpenEdge GUI Client programs.
  • 03. Business Entity Designer optionsThe options for the Business Entity Designer are stored in an XML file in the working directory of the Business Entity Designer. This file is called .BusinessEntityDesignerSettings.xml and it is expected to share this file with your colleagues using your source code management utility. This ensures that all team mates are using consistent settings.
  • 04. Customizing the templates used by the code generatorThe code generator uses text templates as the foundation for the generated source code. The original templates for the Business Entity code generator can be found in the folder Consultingwerk\BusinessEntityDesigner\Generator\Templates.
  • 05. Using the Business Entity DesignerThe user interface of the Business Entity Designer is leveraging dockable panes to organize the various property sheets. The dockable panes can be arranged to suite a user’s preferences or individual requirements. 
  • 06. Managing filesWhen you start the Business Entity Designer the tool is by default editing a new Business Entity design (see below for details).
  • 07. Designing your Business EntityMost design activities are done using one of the described drag & drop operations.
  • 08. Refreshing temp-tables in the modelYou can refresh temp-tables in the model from two sources.