The domain model is a model that describes the information (or data) used by your application in an abstract way. It is central to the architecture of your application. Each module has its own domain model which describes the data used in that module. All modules in an app can use data from all the domain models within the app.
Below is a domain model that defines customers and orders. The names of the entities are
Order. The line between them is an association.
Order_Customer. One customer can have many orders, but each order is for one customer. Within the boxes representing the entities you can see the attributes of the entities together with the type of data they hold. There is also a non-persistable entity,
ProductQueryResults, which is used to record product information which is retrieved from a separate product system.
|Annotation||A comment explaining an aspect of the domain model|
|Entity Name||How the entity will be referred to in the database|
|Event Handler(s)||An indication that one or more event handlers have been set up for this entity|
|Image||An image which helps to identify the entity|
|Validation Rule(s)||An indication that one or more validation rules have been set up for this attribute|
|Calculated Value||An indication that the value of this attribute is calculated|
|One||Indicates that one of this entity relates to the quantity of the entity at the other end of the association|
|Association Name||How the association will be referred to in the database|
|Many||Indicates that many of these entities relate to the quantity of the entity at the other end of the association|
|Association Owner||An end of an association without an arrow indicates that this entity owns the association (it is also possible for both entities to own the association)|
|Attribute Name||How this attribute will be referred to in the database|
|Attribute Type||The type of data stored in this attribute|
|Non-persistable Entity||This is an entity which is not stored in a database but only stored temporarily within the app|
In the database every entity is stored in a separate table and has columns for the attributes defined in Studio Pro (except those which are calculated), the system attributes, and a unique object identifier. If an entity has specializations there is also a column indicating which specialization the object belongs to. An association is stored in a junction table with the identifiers (ID) of both objects.
Take a look at the following domain model.
The entity ‘Customer’ is stored in the table ‘module$customer’ which is shown below. Take note of the ‘system$owner’ and ‘system$changedby’ columns which contain the IDs of the ‘User’ objects from the ‘System’ module.
|1||2006-10-24 08:10:45.053||2009-11-27 09:56:45.099||66||29||Steve Jobs|
|3||2007-09-30 09:56:45.099||2008-04-01 08:10:45.053||66||34||Bill Gates|
The association ‘Order_Customer’ is stored in the table ‘module$order_customer’ which is shown below. Both columns contain IDs of the associated objects.
The entity ‘Order’ is stored in the table ‘module$order’ which is shown below. It is similar to the table of the entity ‘Customer’. However all system attributes have been disabled and are not stored in the table.