Tutorial - Browsing And Inspecting Objects of Interest

Once you have performed a Search using the discovery features of the browser, you likely have several objects matching your query that are displayed in the Search Results Table. You can now visually scan the objects and narrow your interest based upon the various attributes of the object displayed in the columns of the Search Results Table.

Selecting Object(s) of Interest

You can select an object of interest by clicking the left mouse button on the row representing the object. You can also choose multiple object by holding down the CONTROL key while clicking the left mouse button on the rows representing the objects.

Performing Action on Object(s) of Interest

Upon selecting an object of interest you can click the right mouse button to display the Actions allowed for the selected object(s).



Figure 4.1 - Actions Menu When Not Logged In

Note: Some actions require that exactly one object be selected. In such cases an error message will remind you of it when you select the action.

Note: When using right click choose an area (cell) of the/a selected row that is completely blue and not partially or completely white.

The following actions are also available when you are logged in (i.e., when in Editable mode):



Figure 4.2 - Actions Menu When Logged In

Show Details Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Show Details menu action.

The Show Details Action requires exactly one object to be selected. Upon invocation it displays the Details Dialog for the selected object. The details dialog displays all the attributes of the selected object.

See Figure 4.3 for a sample of a Details dialog.



Figure 4.3 - Displaying Object Details

Note: Some parts of the Details dialog will be different depending on the type of registry object that is chosen. This is because different types of objects have different information attributes defined for them.

Browse Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Browse menu action.

The Browse Action requires one or more objects to be selected. Upon invocation it displays the Graph Dialog for the selected object(s). The graph dialog displays all the selected object and allows graphical browsing of relationships/associations and related/associated objects.

See Figure 4.4 for a sample of a graphical browser panel.



Figure 4.4 - Browsing Objects

You'll notice that there are different graphical icons to represent the different types of registry objects. You can configure an icon for a specific ObjectType by placing a gif file for the icon in <jaxr>/resources/icons with its name prefix prior to (.gif) matching the value for the Concept representing the ObjectType.

In order to view any related or associated registry objects right click the graphic for a registry object and choose Show Related objects. The related objects will appear on the graph with arrows connecting them to the original object. You'll also noticed that there is text associated with the arrows to show what type of relation the objects have with each other. You can also click drag the objects around the graph so that you can get a better view.

See Figure 4.5 for an example.



Figure 4.5 - Showing Related Objects

Repositioning Objects

Often you will need to reposition all the objects in the Graph Dialog to better center them. To do so use CONTROL-A (press control key and the A key while holding control key down) to select all the objects and then drag any object using left mouse-down to a better position. All objects will move along with the object being dragged. You can also fine tune the position of individual objects by only selecting that object and dragging it in a similar manner.

Undo / Redo

If you make a mistake in the Graph Dialog you can simply Undo your last several steps by using the Undo icon in the Graph Dialog toolbar (). You can also Redo an Undo action using the Redo icon ().

Approve Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Approve menu action.

Deprecate Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Deprecate menu action.

Undeprecate Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Undeprecate menu action.

Show Audit Trail Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Show Audit Trail menu action.

This Action requires exactly one object to be selected. Upon invocation it displays the Audit Trail Dialog for the selected object showing the history of changes made to this object. Information is included on who made each change and at what time and date.



Figure 4.6 - Displaying an Audit Trail

">Show RegistryObject Action

To invoke this action, select a row in the Search Results table and click the right mouse button and choose the Show RegistryObject menu action.

This Action requires exactly one object to be selected. Upon invocation, it displays the RegistryObject in its XML representation, using the server's HTTP interface.