Create a Custom Entity

To create a custom entity, do the procedure in this topic.

New Entity screen


New Entity screen

Video: Build Your First Custom Entity

Prerequisites

How to Start

  1. Do one of these:

Procedure

  1. On the New Entity screen, complete these fields as necessary.
    Field Name Definition

    Display Name

    Function:
    Specifies the name that shows for the custom entity in AgilePoint NX.
    Accepted Values:
    One line of text that can have spaces.
    Default Value:
    None
    Example:
    Refer to:

    Plural Name

    Function:
    Specifies the name that shows for the custom entity when there is more than one. In other words, this is the plural version of the entity name.
    Accepted Values:
    One line of text that can have spaces.
    Default Value:
    None
    Example:
    If entity name is Country, you may want to use the plural name Countries.

    Internal Name

    Function:
    Specifies a unique, technical name for the custom entity.

    When you click this field, the field shows the value you entered in Display Name field with no spaces. This internal name becomes a table name in the database. After you create the Internal Name, you can not change it.

    Accepted Values:
    One line of text with no spaces
    Default Value:
    None

    Category

    Function:
    Specifies a data entity category for your custom entity.
    Accepted Values:
    A category from the list.
    Default Value:
    None
    Example:
    Refer to:

    Record Display Name

    Function:
    Specifies the display name for the field that uniquely identifies a record in your entity. This field is similar to a primary key in a database.

    A value for this field is required for every record. The type of value this field accepts, and how it is handled in your application, depends on the option you select in the Record Internal Field Type list.

    When you create a custom entity, the value for the Record Display Name field is the name that appears in the AgilePoint NX UI to identify the unique, identifying field at design time — for example, in Data Entities or the App Builder. It is a label that describes the type of data that a user or application enters when a record is created at runtime, but this label is not an instance of that data. For example, if you want to use an e-mail address as the Record Display Name, the value for this field should be Email Address, not a literal e-mail address.

    Accepted Values:
    One line of text that can have spaces.
    Default Value:
    None
    Example:
    Email Address

    For more information, including examples of how this field is used in Data Entities and applications, refer to Record Display Names, Record IDs, and Primary Fields in Data Entities.

    Example:
    Refer to:

    Record Internal Name

    Function:
    Specifies a unique, technical name for the Record Display Name field.

    This is simply a technical identifier for the Record Display Name field. It is not a separate field from Record Display Name. It is a technical label for the same field. AgilePoint recommends you use a value that is similar to the Record Display Name field, only without spaces, so you can easily identify this field.

    Accepted Values:
    One line of text with no spaces.
    Default Value:
    None
    Example:
    EmailAddress

    For more information, including examples of how this field is used in Data Entities and applications, refer to Record Display Names, Record IDs, and Primary Fields in Data Entities.

    Record Internal Field Type

    Function:
    Specifies the type of data that is accepted in the Record Display Name field.
    Accepted Values:
    • Text - The Record Display Name field accepts one line of letters and numbers that can not have spaces.

      When a new record is created, these rules apply to the Record Display Name field:

      • Each value entered for the Record Display Name field must be unique.
      • Values can be entered in the Record Display Name field through manual user entry (like in a form control form control on an eForm) or with variables that pass data from elsewhere in the application application or an external data source.
      • The value for the Record Display Name field can not be auto-populated by Data Entities.
    • Auto-Increment - Each time a record is created for the entity, Data Entities creates a value for the Record Display Name field with an automatically incremented integer.

      When a new record is created, these rules apply to the Record Display Name field:

      • The Record Display Name field value for the first record that is created for the entity is 1. Each new record is created with an auto-incremented number — 2, 3, 4, and so on.
      • You can not give a custom value for the Record Display Name field.
      • In eForms that use this entity as a data source, the Record Display Name field is not required.
    Default Value:
    Text
    Example:
    For more information, including examples of how this field is used in Data Entities and applications, refer to Record Display Names, Record IDs, and Primary Fields in Data Entities

    Also refer to:

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    Publish Status

    Function:
    Specifies whether an entity is ready to use.
    Accepted Values:
    • On - An entity is ready to use.
    • Off - An entity is in draft.
    Default Value:
    Off
  2. (Optional) Complete these fields as necessary.
    Field Name Definition

    Description

    Function:
    Specifies an optional text description for your custom entity.
    Accepted Values:
    More than one line of text.
    Default Value:
    None

    Record Description

    Function:
    Specifies an optional text description for your record.
    Accepted Values:
    More than one line of text.
    Default Value:
    None

    Active

    Function:
    Specifies whether an entity can be used by an application.
    Accepted Values:
    • On - The entity can be used in applications.
    • Off - The entity can be viewed or changed in Data Entities, but it does not show in the App Builder.
    Default Value:
    On

    Use the Default Event Logging for AgilePoint NX Applications / Create Detailed Audit Logs for this Entity

    Function:
    Specifies the audit level to track and store events that occur for the custom entity.
    Accepted Values:
    • On - Tracks and stores all events that occur on the entity.
    • Off - Does not store events for the entity except normal error logging for your application.
    Default Value:
    Off

    Entity Permission is Disabled / Entity Permission is Enabled

    Function:
    Specifies who can change the custom entity.
    Accepted Values:
    • On - All users who have access can change the custom entity.
    • Off - Only users with the system administrator and entity owner roles can change the custom entity.
    Default Value:
    Off

    Allow Entity Model Import

    Function:
    Lets which users can import entity model to AgilePoint NX Data Entities.
    Accepted Values:
    Default Value:
    Off

    Allow Entity Model Export

    Function:
    Specifies which users can export an entity model.
    Accepted Values:
    Default Value:
    Off

    Allow Record Export

    Function:
    Specifies which users can export the records from an entity.
    Accepted Values:
    Default Value:
    Deselected

    Allow Record Import

    Function:
    Specifies which users can import records to an entity.
    Accepted Values:
    Default Value:
    Off
  3. Click Create Entity.