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The following picture shows the typical PowerDesigner interface:

Browser

The %URZVHU is a tool for managing information.

 

In PowerDesigner, the Browser allows you to manage the information items

 

you use to perform a modeling task.

 

The Browser displays information in the WUHH YLHZ which is a powerful tool

 

for navigating among all models existing in the work session.

Output window

The 2XWSXW ZLQGRZ shows the progress of any process that you run from

 

PowerDesigner in the General page. The other pages display messages during

 

check model, database generation, and reverse engineering operations.

Repository

The PowerDesigner UHSRVLWRU\ is a tool for storing versioned documents. In

 

the repository, a document can be a model, a multi-model report, a MS Word

 

file, a graphic file, etc.

Result List

The 5HVXOW /LVW displays, on separate tabs, the final results of an object

 

search or a check model operation.

 

When you check a model, the result list displays the errors and warnings

 

detected during the verification of the model.

 

When you perform an object search, the result list displays all objects

 

matching the search criteria.

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Work area The ZRUN DUHD is the primary window that displays the following types of MDI child windows:

The GLDJUDP window is a graphical view displaying the symbols of objects belonging to models or packages

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The 5HSRUW 7HPSODWH (GLWRU is a tool for creating and customizing report templates

 

The ZRUN DUHD is an open work environment that enables you to switch from

 

one window to another, without having to close the current model diagram

 

window, or the editor.

Property sheets

3URSHUW\ VKHHWV display the properties of a selected object.

 

Property sheets are modeless and resizable windows; they can remain open

 

while you open other windows, such as other property sheets or lists.

Object lists

2EMHFW OLVWV display all objects of a selected type existing in a package or a

 

model.

 

Lists display object properties organized in columns. In a list you can drag

 

and drop items, sort columns, and define and apply a filter.

 

Lists are modeless and resizable windows. They can remain open while you

 

open other windows, such as property sheets or lists.

 

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The typical hierarchy of objects in PowerDesigner is as follows:

 

The ZRUNVSDFH is the root of the Browser tree view. When you expand the

 

workspace, the first optional organization level is the IROGHU Folders are

 

used to organize the contents of the workspace. Each folder can contain one

 

or more models.

 

The PRGHO is the basic design unit in PowerDesigner.

 

A model can be divided into sub-sets called SDFNDJHV. Each model, or

 

package, has one or more graphical views called GLDJUDPV, which contain

 

the symbols of the design REMHFWV.

 

To document the models you build in PowerDesigner, you can create and

 

print UHSRUWV in different languages that can be attached to a model or remain

 

independent.

Workspace

A workspace defines the entire set of information you need to perform a

 

modeling task with PowerDesigner. A workspace is local, it corresponds to

 

the needs of one user on a given machine.

 

The workspace allows you to save in a file, a local environment with a

 

hierarchy of folders and models. It is reusable so the folder structure and data

 

location information remains on your disk every time you start a session.

 

You can create several workspace files on your machine, but you can only

 

work in one workspace at a time in a PowerDesigner session.

Folders

A folder is a optional container designed to help you organize the hierarchy

 

within a workspace. You use folders to structure the contents of the

 

workspace in your local work environment.

 

A folder is local to a workspace you cannot share the folder structure you

 

have created with other users.

Models

A model is a container of objects. It is the main design unit.

 

A model is defined by a name, a type, a file name and a location in the

 

workspace.

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You can build the following types of models:

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Conceptual Data

Represents the overall logical structure of a system. The

Model

CDM contains data objects not yet implemented in the

 

physical database. It provides a formal representation of the

 

data needed to run an enterprise or a business activity

Physical Data

Specifies the physical implementation of a database. With the

Model

PDM you consider the details of actual physical

 

implementation. It addresses both data access and data

 

storage constraints

Object-Oriented

Allows you to design object-oriented models using the UML

Model

notation. With the OOM you can use design classes that

 

interact to perform certain actions that together make up a

 

system of information

Business Process

Represents a simplified UML activity diagram with Business

Model

Process extensions. The BPM does not include any

 

implementation details and can be readily used as an input

 

document to do object-oriented analysis. At a conceptual

 

level, it is particularly suitable for analyzing, designing or

 

documenting Business-to-Business exchanges (B2B)

Free Model

Allows you to create different graphics for your

 

specifications, to explain the architecture of your system and

 

applications, the use-case scenarii of the applications, the

 

flowcharts, or to define your own method

 

 

The following illustration shows the PowerDesigner global software solution:

You can organize a model by dividing it up into packages. You can also divide the display over several diagrams.

 

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Packages

A package is a subdivision of a model. When you are working with large

 

models, it is useful to split them into smaller subdivisions in order to avoid

 

manipulating large sets of items. Packages are used to assign different tasks

 

or subject areas, to different development teams.

 

A model can contain any number of packages. You can build a hierarchy of

 

packages, in which there is no limit to the level of decomposition.

Report

A report is the association of one or several models, a structure, and a

 

selection of objects. It represents the structure of one or more models. You

 

can generate multi-model reports to give a clear overview of all your models

 

in the same report. You can also generate individual model reports to focus

 

on a particular model and analyze its contents. Besides, you can choose the

 

language in which the report is generated.

Diagram

A diagram is a graphical view of a model or package, which displays object

 

symbols. Diagrams allow to split the display of large models and packages in

 

order to focus on certain objects or subject areas. They can also be used to

 

view the symbols of the same objects, displayed with different kinds of

 

information.

 

You can create several diagrams in a model or in a package. The diagram

 

window usually appears with a specialized toolbar called 3DOHWWH. In the

 

palette, you can select tools to create objects in your models and packages.

Model Objects

Model objects is a general term used for all items belonging to a model. Each

 

model includes a series of different object types corresponding to the type of

 

the model.

 

Some model objects can have graphical symbols for example a class in the

 

Object-Oriented Model or a view in the Physical Data Model. Other model

 

objects, such as business rules, do not appear with symbols in the diagram

 

window, although they exist in the model.

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PowerDesigner ships with resources that are available for all models, you can

 

reuse resources from one model to another.

DBMS

A '%06 in PowerDesigner is an object that contains specifications for a

 

particular DBMS. It provides PowerDesigner with the syntax and guidelines

 

for generating databases, triggers, and procedures, appropriate for a target

 

DBMS or ODBC driver.

 

When you create a new PDM, you choose a target DBMS, which can be

 

linked to the model from an external file, or copied locally to the model. The

 

definition for a DBMS can be edited from its property sheet.

 

Modifications to a linked DBMS are available to all models using that

 

DBMS, while modifications to a local DBMS are specific to the model

 

concerned.

Report templates

The 5HSRUW 7HPSODWH (GLWRU allows template creation and modification in

 

different languages. A report template is an independent and reusable file

 

saved on your hard disk, which gives the overall structure of your report. You

 

can create this file to generate model reports or PXOWL PRGHO UHSRUWV (several

 

models in the same report).

 

You use the Report Editor to define a report structure in order to generate a

 

multi-model report or a report for a single model.

 

A report uses one or several templates to associate one or several models, and

 

a selection of objects. It reflects the contents of one or several models. You

 

can generate multi-model reports or model reports.

 

A report can be attached to a model or saved in an independent file.

Object Languages

The REMHFW ODQJXDJHV resource contains specifications for a particular

 

language. It provides PowerDesigner with the syntax and guidelines for

 

implementing stereotypes, data types, scripts and constants for a target

 

language.

 

When you create a new OOM, you choose a target language. The definition

 

for a target language can be edited from its property sheet.

 

Modifications to a linked language are available to all models using that

 

target language.

Extended Model

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Definitions

do this, an extended model definition is created and saved as a file with the

 

XEM extension. You can create or attach one or several extended model

 

definitions to a model.

 

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Profiles

A profile is an extension mechanism used for customizing a metamodel with

 

additional semantics. Profiles are used for creating sub-categories of objects

 

(stereotypes and criteria), customizing the graphics of objects, adding

 

additional metadata to objects (extended attributes), and defining new or

 

modified generation capabilities (templates). You create a profile when you

 

need to design a user-defined methodology, a model with predefined meaning

 

or for a specific generation target.

 

Profiles appear in all DBMS, object languages and extended model

 

definitions delivered with PowerDesigner. By default, each new resource file

 

has a profile upon creation.

 

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Report Languages

A UHSRUW ODQJXDJH resource is a file in XML format saved with the .XRL

 

extension. It contains all the printable texts of a report and their default

 

values. You use it when you create your report and later generate it whatever

 

the output. A report language resource file is stored in a central area and can

 

be shared by any report to guarantee data consistency and save time to the

 

user.

Conversion Tables

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name and the code of an object or the code and the name of an object.

 

Conversion tables are stored into separate CSV (Comma-Separated Values)

 

files and are shared by all models.

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About this chapter

This chapter describes the PowerDesigner general interface and explains how

 

to use the different components.

 

Contents

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Managing windows

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Managing toolbars

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Using property sheets

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Using lists

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Defining global options

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When you open PowerDesigner, the following interface appears:

In the upper part of the window, you can see the PowerDesigner general title bar and the menu bar. Below the general menus, the standard toolbar displays tools for carrying out standard operations such as Open, Save or Undo.

Two dockable windows are displayed by default when you open PowerDesigner: the Browser tree view on the left and the Output window at the bottom.

On the right hand side, the work area is empty upon opening. This area is used to display the different MDI child windows.

 

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