You can extend meta-models through the use of Modules, which is part of the meta-model that provides the main entry point in the client for extensibility objects. Install modules in the system and activate them from the meta-class.
A module consists of the following:
- A module manifest. Defines information about the module and references to module the configuration.
- A module configuration. The .NET class that implemented the IModuleConfigurator interface.
The Module Manager loads and calls the Module Configurator methods when a module is activated, deactivated, installed or uninstalled. Each module should implement the Module Configurator.
Note: You can modify a meta-model only in Design mode. See the MetaClassManager class section.
The following classes are available in the Mediachase.BusinessFoundation.Data.Modules namespace.
The following modules are default: Change Tracking, History and Localization.
Change Tracking adds new fields to a meta-class and registers the user and the date and time of modification. After activation, the Change Tracking module adds these meta-fields:
- Created. Updates this field when a new meta-object is created.
- Modified. Updates this field when a meta-object is modified.
- CreatorId. Copies the current user meta-information from DataContext to this field when a new meta-object is created.
- ModifierId. Copies the current user meta-information from DataContext to this field when a meta-object is modified.
To get the module manifest, call the CreateModuleManifest of the ChangeTrackingManager class.
History saves meta-object modifications to the history meta-class. After activation, the History module creates a meta-class named [MetaClassName]\_History, and creates a copy of the entity object if selected field is modified. The [MetaClassName]\_History meta-class has an ObjectId field that has the original primary key value.
- Call CreateModuleManifest of the HistoryManager class to get the module manifest.
- Call SetSelectedFields of the HistoryManager class, passing the meta-class, to set the collection of selected fields.
- Call GetSelectedFields of the HistoryManager class, passing the meta-class, to get the collection of selected fields.
You can read the history of the entity object from the [MetaClassName]_History meta-class.
The Localization module localizes field values.
Do the following to define available languages after installation:
- Call GetInstalledLanguages of the LocalizationManager class to get installed languages.
- Call InstallLanguage of the LocalizationManager class passing the culture info Name, to install a new language.
- Call UninstallLanguage of the LocalizationManager class passing the culture info Name, to uninstall a language.
After activation, define the localizable field. The localization module creates a new field named [FieldName]_[ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName], which reads or saves localizable values. If the value is null, you should use the orginal field to get a value. When you add a new language, the localization module automatically creates new fields.
- Call GetLocalizableFields of the LocalizationManager to get localizable fields.
- Call ActivateFieldLocalization of the LocalizationManager, passing the meta-class and meta-field, to activate field localization.
- Call DeactivateFieldLocalization of the LocalizationManager, passing meta-class and meta-field, to deactivate field localization.
Installing a module
- Call Install of the ModuleManager class, passing the module manifest and attributes to install a new module.
Activating a module
- Call Activate of the ModuleManager class, passing the module manifest and meta-class, to activate a module in the meta-class.
Deactivating a module
- Call Deactivate of the ModuleManager class, passing the module manifest and meta-class, to deactivate a module.
Uninstalling a module
- Call Uninstall of the ModuleManager class, passing the module manifest, to uninstall a module.