Entity Relationship Diagram - ERD - Software for Design
Chen ER Diagrams
One of the methods actively used in a real design of database structure is semantic modeling, which is a modeling of the data structure, based on the meaning of these data. Various types of ER diagrams are used as the tool of semantic modeling.
The first version of the entity-relationship model was proposed in 1976 by Peter Chen. In the future, many authors have developed their own versions of these models (Martin notation, IDEF1X notation, Barker notation, etc.). Irrespective from the notation, all versions of Entity-relationship diagrams are based on the same idea - image is always more visual than text description. ER diagrams use a graphical representation of the entity domain, their properties (attributes), and the relationships between entities.
The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from ConceptDraw Solution Park extends ConceptDraw DIAGRAM ector graphics and diagramming software with the ability to describe a database using the Entity-Relationship (Chen) model. Use it for design your ERDs and verify that ConceptDraw DIAGRAM offers the best ERD diagrams software tools for design element Chen notation.
Example 1. Entity Relationship Diagram Software
Design Elements — Chen (Windows, Macintosh).
Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution offers the ERD Chen's Notation library with variety of ERD symbols for Chen notation. Simply drag the predesigned ERD objects from the library, arrange them, type the text and title to get the excellent result – your own ER Diagram in minutes. It’s a fastest way of drawing, and the most important – you don’t need to be the painter for this.
Example 2. Entity-Relationship Diagram Solution in ConceptDraw STORE
You can also use the ready samples or templates offered by Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution in ConceptDraw STORE as the base for your own diagrams.
Example 3. ER Diagram, Chen Notation
The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software in Mac OS X and Windows using the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution and show the ER Diagrams created with Chen notation. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating these samples.
Use the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM to create quick and easy your own Entity-Relationship Diagrams using the Chen and Crow's Foot notations.
All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw STORE. The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) Solution is available for all ConceptDraw DIAGRAM or later users.
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Picture: Data Flow Diagram Process
The first thing that usually comes to mind when talking about database models is ER-diagrams, and the ways to create them. The second most recognizable notation is the Crow’s Foot, which visually differs from Chen’s notation. Actually, it doesn’t matter which notation you’ll use for your entity relationship diagram (ERD), but the content is what matters.
When designing an Entity-Relationship Diagram one need to use a certain notated symbols that were developed and standardized especially for databases description. First of them - the Chen’s notation had a linguistic origin. It includes rectangle boxes to show entities that may be described as nouns, and the relationships between them described as verbs depicted in a form of diamond. Finally the Chen’s notation was simplified up to the Crow’s Foot notation. It represents a relationship as labeled line. It is precisely this notation is shown in the given figure. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM together with its Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution is designed to support professionals who deals with creating ER diagrams using the element of both - Chen’s and Crow's Foot notations.
Picture: Design Element: Crows Foot for Entity Relationship Diagram - ERD
It is easy to recreate any informational system structure using diagrams. There are three main components of any ER diagram: entity, attribute and relationship. Basing on these three components, one can define other, less used elements, such as weak entity or relationship, derived attribute, recursive relationship etc.
This is the set of graphic elements of ERD Chen's notation. This ERD notation is used to represent an entity–relationship models. It involves the set of geometric forms: rectangles - depicting entities, ovals - representing attributes and diamonds depicting relationships assigned for first-class objects, that can have relationships and attributes of their own. Connections are displayed with arrowed lines. It is known that the Chen's ERD notation is used to show a detailed view of entities and relationships. ConceptDraw Entity-Relationship Diagram solution from the Software Development section of Solution Park provides the ability to create ERD of database structure for software development purposes using the Chen’s notation elements.
Picture: Components of ER Diagram
An abstract representation is usually the first thing you will need while developing a database. To understand the ways that databases are structured, you should look through entity-relationship diagram examples and see the notations features and attributes. With an entity-relationship model you can describe a database of any complexity.
This Entity-relationship diagram is a tool for software developers. It enables every element of database to be managed, communicated and tested before release. This ERD was created using symbols advocated by Chen's notation. Because of a linguistic origin of the Chen’s notation, the boxes representing entities could be interpreted as nouns, and the relationships between them are in verb form, shown on a diagram as a diamond.
Picture: Entity Relationship Diagram Examples
The world-best Entity Relationship Diagram software suitable for professional ERD drawing is ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software extended with the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution. This solution contains all libraries, templates and samples you may need for professional ERD drawing.
Picture: Entity Relationship Diagram Software
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Picture: How To Create Restaurant Floor Plan in Minutes
Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) is the world-known way to show the logical structure of databases in visual manner. The best software tool for drawing Entity-Relationship Diagram is ConceptDraw DIAGRAM vector graphics software with Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from Software Development area which gives the ability to describe a database using the Entity-Relationship model. The vector graphic diagrams produced using this solution can be successfully used in whitepapers, presentations, datasheets, posters, or any technical materials.
Picture: Entity-Relationship Diagram