Generating a CRUD page

When you add an existing project or create a new one, the project will be listed in the "Open Recent" section. To select the project, click on the project name.

Be aware that, ABP Suite generates a unique URL for every project. After you select your project, you can safely bookmark it to your browser to access it faster.

Entity info

To create a new entity, make sure the -New entity- is selected in the Entity combo box which is on the top-right of the page. In this section, you need to provide the meta data of your entity. Do not use C# reserved keywords for your entity name, plural name, database table name or the namespace.

  • Name: Name of the entity.

  • Plural Name: Folder names of the entity and name of DbSetin the DbContext.

  • Database table/collection name: Name of the database table for relational databases or name of the collection name for NoSQL databases.

  • Namespace: Namespaces of the entities, DTOs and other C# classes.

  • Base class: There are several base classes that comes out of the box from the ABP Framework. Basically there are 2 main types of entity. AggregateRoot and simple Entity. And these two have 2 more variants with Audited and FullAudited derivatives.

    If your entity consists of child entities like an Order with its OrderDetail entities, then you should choose AggregateRoot / AuditedAggregateRoot / FullAuditedAggregateRoot.

    If it doesn't have any child entities like a City entity, you can choose Entity / AuditedEntity / FullAuditedEntity

    • Entity and AggregateRoot are the low-level simple base classes.

    • AuditedEntity and AuditedAggregateRoot adds these fields to the entity:

      • CreationTime

      • CreatorId

      • LastModificationTime

      • LastModifierId

        Hence, it keeps track of who created and changed the data with the date time information.

    • FullAuditedEntity and FullAuditedAggregateRoot adds these fields to the entity:

      • CreationTime

      • CreatorId

      • LastModificationTime

      • LastModifierId

      • IsDeleted

      • DeleterId

      • DeletionTime

        It extends the audited entity features with soft delete functionality. When the data is deleted, it sets the IsDeleted field to true instead of physically removing it. The ABP Framework automatically filters the soft deleted data on data fetch. Also it saves who and when deleted.

  • Primary key type: Primary key is a field in a table or collection which uniquely identifies each record. ABP Suite allows you to create an entity with one of the 4 types: Int,Long,Guid and String. ABP Suite recommends Guid because,

    • You can identify objects at the application level.
    • You can generate IDs anywhere, instead of having to roundtrip to the database.
    • Better migration and replication! When working with other databases it's easy to migrate data with all its child entities because unique across every table, database and server.
    • Allows easy distribution of databases across multiple servers
    • The performance is not bad as String because database systems handle Guids nicely.
    • It's being generated as sequentially by the ABP Framework, so that the physical order of the data in your database will be creation order.
    • Guids use 16 bytes. When comparing to Int as 4 bytes, additional 12 bytes do come at a cost.

    On the other hand Int and Long types have some other advantages:

    • Small storage footprint
    • Optimal join / index performance
    • Useful for data warehousing
    • Native data type of the OS and easy to work with in all languages
  • Multi-tenant: For your multi-tenant application, you can set an entity as multi-tenant which means the data will be isolated between the tenants. To make an entity multi-tenant, ABP Suite adds the IMultiTenant interface to the entity. Further information see Multi-Tenancy

  • Add migration: Adds a new migration for the new entity. If you are updating an existing entity, it creates an update migration.

    • Update database: When you add a new migration, ABP Suite can automatically execute update-database command so that the changes are being applied to the database.
  • Create user interface: Creates pages, modals, components, JavaScript, CSS files and adds the new page to the main menu. If you don't have a requirement to manage the entity via user interface, you can uncheck this option.

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Entity info

Properties

Define a property

A property is a field in the entity which refers a column in the relational database table or a JSON field in NoSQL database collection. In the properties section, you can manage the properties your entity. To add a new property, click the "Add Property" button on the top-right of the page.

  • Property name: Name of the field. Do not use C# reserved keywords and database reserved keywords.
  • Property type: Choose a relevant property type from the list.
  • Min-Max length: These values are used to limit the data value. The length of the database column will also be created by taking this number into consideration. ABP validates the data on the client and server side according to these values.
  • Required: Defines whether a value is required or not.
  • Nullable: Allows you to set the property as nullable for the C# supported data types.

Define a property

Property list

The list of all properties defined for the entity. You can delete or edit a property.

Sorting

You can use sorting field column to specify or change the order in which results are sorted. To arrange sorting, click the first combo box (Sort Index) that you want to set order index. Choose Ascending or Descending to specify the sort order for the column.

Property list

Saving

There are 2 action to save the entity.

Save as draft

Saves only the entity and not generates any code. This is useful when you don't want to apply changes to your project.

Save and generate

Saves the entity and generates related code. Your project will be updated.

Database table

When you click Save and generate button it'll create all the related objects. The below screenshot is the MS SQL database table that's generated via ABP Suite.

Database table for the new entity

User interface

New book dialog

New book dialog

Book list page

Book list page

What's next?

Updating packages

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