Connections are key to the story of the organization and likewise they are key to using TejonDb. Knowing that a donor supports a missionary, the missionary is working with a field church plant, a seminary professor visited the church plant for a special weekend of teaching, the professor is on the faculty or a seminary, a team will be visiting the seminary next month, and the donor lives in the same city as the seminary is very useful.
Connections are viewed in an outline fashion using the Connection tab, shown in Figure 3-9.
The outline can be organized as Objet then connection type, or Connection Type and then object.
Figure 3-9: An object’s connection can be viewed as an outline organized by the connected objects, or by the type of connection.
Clicking on a connected object will open that object in a new Object Editor tab.
Cross Reference – If the object has lots of connections – say a concert event with 1,200 attending, They may be viewed in a tool better suited to viewing large numbers of object by using the View Connected Objects option in the Browse tab, detailed in Chapter 3, Searching for Objects.
A new connection is added in the Connection tab. Click the Add New Connection button to open the New Connection dialog, shown on Figure 3-10.
The dialog box works through four steps to create the new connection:
1) The connection will be between the current object and an object selected in the Add New Connection dialog. The connected object can be selected from: QuickSearch, the current connected objects, your list of favorite and recent objects, and the current open Object Editor tabs.
2) Once the object is selected, the next combo box will offer a list of potential connections between these two objects based on their Object Type(s) and statuses.
3,4) Enter the effective dates of the connection. Some connection will have only one date such as a presentation or referral. Other connection will also have an end date, such as a pledge or belonging to a church.
5) Click “Add Connection” to create the connection.
Figure 3-10: When adding a new connection, once the connected object is selected, the database will calculate the possible types of connections.
Because connections are best viewed visually, the graphical connection view presents a diagram of an object’s connections.
Click on the “Connection Viewer” button in the Object Editor tab’s connection tab to open the viewer.
Figure 3-11: The Connection Viewer enables you to visually walk through an object’s multiple layers of connections.
Besides the visual representation of connections, the graphical view has a couple distinct advantages over the outline or browse view of connections.
Multiple layers, or rings, of connections can be viewed.
The view can be zoomed in or out.
Multiple connection paths can be displayed.
Click on an object to open the object in an Object Editor tab.