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OJS Data Structures, Relationships, Data Flow etc

Postby RoGGa6 » Tue May 02, 2006 11:59 pm


I have downloaded and installed OJS, and managed to open the database into Access and it loads the main structures of the database with the primary keys, but I dont know how to get the relationships and data flow to show? Does anyone have any documentation on the database relationships and data flows? Or know how to get them to show or have them already created in access or some other sql database program?

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re: OJS Data Structures, Relationships, Data Flow etc

Postby mj » Wed May 03, 2006 8:59 am

What are you trying to do exactly? The OJS database is designed to be run from a more server-level database (eg. MySQL, SQL Server, etc).

Are you just trying to generate a diagram of the database schema (ie. a Chen/Martin ERD or Booch diagram)? If this is the case, you might do best to get a CASE tool that does database reverse-engineering.

As for documentation, there is a the OJS Technical Reference (http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/OJSTechnicalReference.pdf), which describes overall design and development details, but not data flows.

We might be able to help better if you can be more specific about what you're looking to do.

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