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Advice on User Interface for linked tables.

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  • Advice on User Interface for linked tables.

    I'm building a setup at the moment based on a backend with a few linked tables. The linked tables would look something like this.

    Table 1
    -----Table A (FK from table 1, can have many records linked to table 1)
    -----Table 2 (FK from table 1, can have many records linked to table 1)
    ----------Table B (FK from table 2, can have many records linked to table 2)

    There will always be a record in table 1 and at least one record linking to it from table A but sometimes there are multiple records in A.
    There is not always a record in Table 2 but there can be 1 or many.
    There is never a record in Table2 or in Table B without a record in Table 1

    So, what would be a good way to create my user interface (grids, UX, whatever) so that I don't get a bunch of join duplicates but I can still show the most information from all of the tables?


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    Re: Advice on User Interface for linked tables.

    Why did this get moved to DB design? I have the DB design already, I need help with the UI to show my data properly.


    • #3
      Re: Advice on User Interface for linked tables.

      I would use a UX with repeating sections. The repeating sections will be your linked tables. You can tidy it all up any number of ways: A button could open/close specific containers that the repeating sections are in. You could use tabs. You could have pop-up windows. etc., etc.
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      • #4
        Re: Advice on User Interface for linked tables.

        Thanks Mike. I should probably be more clear....

        I'm using UX's for data entry into the tables already. What I'd like some ideas on is how to let the users navigate the data for viewing and/or picking a record to modify.

        I'm not saying a UX (possibly with embedded grids or lists) wouldn't also work for viewing. That may be the way to go, or with some combination.

        So, what I'm really after is viewing/navigation through the records. Editing and entry I've got down.


        • #5
          Re: Advice on User Interface for linked tables.

          I think of grids as viewing agent and dialog (aka ux in your version ) as editing / inputting agent. even though they can be used in both mechanisms.
          thanks for reading


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            Linked tables and MS SQL while using Alpha Five Grids

            Hello There,

            I will use grids since there are a lot of automation built in. You can create relations with one grid to another while using the Row Expander Linked Content property. You can use also the detail view to display all the data within the grid. See if this article takes you some where: Database Development with Alpha Five v11 and MS SQL Server: Using Linking/Control Tables


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