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Activity 5A - Data Interlude

 

Goal

Look into the working of the Admin Kapp and how it is used

Story

Of course we have that data. It's stored in here, right...right? OK, so if it's not in there where do we put it?

Background

The Admin Kapp has a few different features including Categorizations and Messaging. We're going to use it for a Datastore. A Datastore is an adhoc collection of data. For the purpose of this class we will use it to hold configuration data.

Documentation on the Admin Kapp is collected here.

Data

Forms in the Data store could include, Applications, City, Sites, States, and People. Basic data for the class example is included in these forms

Bridges

Because we are using data from the Admin Kapp datastore, all of our bridges point to that data. Later in class we will go through how to create bridges, and take a look at potentially modifying bridges.

Steps

kinops comes with a basic selection of data, and a console based option for creating forms that automatically creates the Bridge Mappings and Models.

For this activity you will create a datastore that lists cities for the list of states.

  1. Select Datastore from the Admin Console in kinops (this can be done from the Admin Kapp, but it's more common to start from kinops)
  2. Click on the Create Datastore button and create the datasore (Name, Slug, Description, and Bridge Name[Kinetic Core])
  3. From the Configuration console, click on the Builder button to open the Form Builder
  4. Update your form to include a question for the State Abbreviation, and the City Name (I like to set the Status to a default value of Active)
  5. Navigate back to the Configuration console (likely on a previous tab)
  6. You may have to click on a banner along the top of the console for your form to update the list of Field Names

Now that your form is created add some Data

  1. Navigate back to the Configuration console (likely on a previous tab)
  2. Click on the Records button
  3. Click on Add Record to open the Form in Preview/Entry mode
  4. Enter needed data (State Code and City) and click Save
  5. Repeat as needed

Lastly add some Qualifications to the Bridge for the Form

At the bottom of the Configuration console, enter a name for the qualification and select either Multiple or Single

  1. Click the Add Qualification button
  2. If needed, you can click on the link for Parameters
  3. Select the parameter you want from the drop-down list of fields
  4. If needed add a default parameter
  5. Click Done to Save

Check out the Help Text on the right of the Configuration console, it has definitions for all the fields and functions on the page.

What's Next

Move to the Bridges activities and see if any of your data is visible.