This section covers the appRules Designer environment. It covers the main components including the toolbox, the designer, the property grid associated with the active activity, the Main Menu and Ribbon bar.
The main top configuration menu gives access to the general features like datasource definitions, datasource Browser...
The Designer is the work surface for composing appRules projects. It is the drag/drop environment on which activities are defined and connected to form the flow of the process. To add a workflow activity to any part of the designer, drag it from the toolbox and drop it on the designer.
The Toolbox shows the available workflow activities including the Generic activities and appConnector activities. The activities in the toolbox are grouped into sections.
This Ribbon gives access to the project management tools and the properties of the current opened Project
Log Into Project Database
To Open a different project Database
To Edit the current user settings
To Add or Remove activity modules from the current Toolbox
Master Admin Options
This submenu gives access to the Admin features (Create project Database, License Manager...). It will require to login as a Master Admin
This submenu gives a quick access to the project management options (like Edit or Schedule a specific project)
Log Off from the current database and close the application
Define the runtime settings for the different environment (test, Production, Development…)
(Admin Only) Define the users and passwords, and their types (Admin, Dev…)
Manage the DataSources used in the current project database (Datasource Connections, Metadata, File Definitions…)
Access the Project management window (to copy, delete a project, manage arguments and variables, custom functions and script definitions, project notes…)
Validate a Project
Allows to Validate the projects one by one without opening them in the Designer (for details about the Validate option see the Ribbon Bar related button in the following pages)
Run a Project
Select a Project and Run it from the application
Project Run Details
Display the complete Logs/Stats of a selected project ordered by Run Instances
Project Run Instances
Display the Run Instances of a selected Project
Database Log Entries
Display the content of the logs for a selected Project (less or more detailed depending on the project settings) Selection can be done in a date range
Project Activity Statistics
Display the statistics related to project activities (number of times that an activity is executed and counters by Status Valid or Invalid)
Project Datasource Statistics
Display the statistics about the project datasources (number of read, update, insert, delete)
System Log Files
Access the Log Files generated by debugging
CheckIn Project Database
To Copy a database to another database (the source database elements are not locked for editing)
CheckOut Project Database
To Copy a database to another database (the source database elements are locked for editing)
Allows to read/write DataSources using SQL. DataSources can be accessed using the project database DataSources or dynamically setting up the connection in the browser
Display the list of current running or completed projects, memory usage etc
Allows to filter running processes and kill a selected process.
To create a new project
Open an existing project
Save the current project
Set the current project properties, rename or validate the project, revert activities to a specific version, define/declare the customfunctions and scripts used, set scheduling etc
Displays the Notes associated to the current Project
Displays a summary window of the validation errors for the activities used in the current project
Run the current project
Displays summary information and statistics about the project including activity, data source and other counts.
Allows revert the current project displaying the list of the saved versions.
Schedule the project to run at a specific date/time (using the scheduling service)
Increase the size of the designer view
Decrease the size of the designer view
Undo the last designer action
Redo the last designer action
Delete the selected activity from the designer view
To include activity modules in the appRules toolbox, click the gear icon located at the top right of the toolbox:
or select “Configure Toolbox” from the File Menu
Check the selected modules to be included into the Designer and Click ”Reset Toolbox” when done
This section explains what is required in Visual Studio to design custom functions that will be called in the appRules Projects.
The appRules Portal installation contains a sample Visual Studio Project that you can duplicate to make your own library (located in the CustomFunctions folder of your appRules Portal installation.
Once defined, compile your library and copy it into the C:\ProgramData\appStrategy\PortalData\Default\CustomFunctions folder (NB: if your custom function uses external dlls, put them in the appRulesPortal\bin folder)