Improvements to product library at 10.1 – building business rules

In a previous blog, I outlined how product library’s user experience has been simplified at 10.1. Today I’ll explore how we have made it much easier to build your business rules. When using product library for managing your editing, there are two key tasks you need to perform – build your business rules and then link those rules to your data.

Prior to 10.1, in order to build business rules for editing, properties for both the data model version (representing the schema of the data) and the product class version (refers to a type of cartographic map product) had to be set. Since editing rules typically do not change based on your cartographic output, this dependency was removed at 10.1, making it is easier to set up your business rules. Now all you need to do is set the data model version.

At 10.1, accessing the common tools you use in product library is also easier. Creating new data models and data model versions is now done directly in the Product Library window, instead of having to access the Production Properties dialog. The Product Library window displays nodes that represent each of your data model versions. By right-clicking a data model version, you get easy access to your field configurations and can quickly associate your Data Reviewer batch jobs.

Manage your field configurations and associate batch jobs directly in the Product Library window

Once you’ve built your business rules and defined your production database in product library, you need to associate the two for the editing tools to automatically know which rules to reference. How is this accomplished? When you initially configure a database as a production database, you also define the data model version that contains the editing and validation rules. Prior to 10.1, you would have accomplished this using the Production Properties dialog. Now, it’s as easy as right-clicking your production database in the Product Library window and choosing the appropriate data model version. Once chosen, every time you load data into the map those editing and validation business rules are automatically applied.

The current active data model version is bold. The business rules associated with this data model version are used when editing the data.

To learn more about configuring your editing business rules in product library, see the Configuring Product Library for Editing tutorial. Look for the last blog in the series, in which I’ll explore the new geoprocessing tools that make managing files in product library more efficient.

Content contributed by Amber Bethell

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