Entity Relationship Diagram - ERD - Software for Design
Crows Foot ER Diagrams
ER-model is used in a high-level (conceptual) design databases. You can use it to identify key entities and designate connections that can be established between these entities. During database design the ER model is converted into specific database scheme based on the selected data model (relational, objective, networking, or any other).
Crow's Foot notation was proposed by Gordon Everest, originally called Inverted Arrow. According to this notation, the entity is represented by rectangle containing its name. Name of the entity must be unique within this model. In this case, the name of the entity is a name of type, rather than a specific instance of this type. A concrete representative of the entity is called by the entity instance.
The entity attributes are written inside the rectangle depicting entity. Among the attributes is also highlighted the entity key - the set of attributes the values of which in aggregate are unique for each instance of the entity.
Relation is depicted by line which ties two entities involved in a relationship. The plurality of the relationship is indicated graphically by a "plug" on the end of the link. Optionality of a link is marked by a circle at the end of the link.
Entity-relationship diagrams based on both Chen's and Crow's Foot notations, can be easily drawn using the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM ERD diagrams software tools for design element Crow's Foot and Chen from Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution.
ERD Crow's Foot library from Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution contains 17 Crow's Foot notation symbols.
Example 1. Crow's Foot notation symbols
The shapes which include circles, bars, and symbols, indicate various possibilities. A single bar at Crows foot notation indicates one, a double bar indicates one and only one, a circle indicates zero, and a crow's foot indicates many.
Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) illustrates the logical structure of databases. The vector graphic diagrams produced when using the ConceptDraw ERD solution can be successfully used in whitepapers, presentations, datasheets, posters, or any technical materials.
Example 2. Entity Relationship Diagram Software
Design Elements — Crow's Foot (Windows, Macintosh).
The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software in macOS and Windows using the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution and show the ER Diagrams created with Crow's Foot notation. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating each of these samples.
Use the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM to create quick and easy your own Entity-Relationship Diagrams using the Crow's Foot and Chen's notations.
Example 3. Entity-Relationship (ERD) Diagram Solution
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 users.
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A database is a data collection, structured into some conceptual model. Two most common approaches of developing data models are UML diagrams and ER-model diagrams. There are several notations of entity-relationship diagram symbols and their meaning is slightly different. Crow’s Foot notation is quite descriptive and easy to understand, meanwhile, the Chen notation is great for conceptual modeling.
An entity relationship diagrams look very simple to a flowcharts. The main difference is the symbols provided by specific ERD notations. There are several models applied in entity-relationship diagrams: conceptual, logical and physical. Creating an entity relationship diagram requires using a specific notation. There are five main components of common ERD notations: Entities, Actions, Attributes, Cardinality and Connections. The two of notations most widely used for creating ERD are Chen notation and Crow foot notation. By the way, the Crow foot notation originates from the Chen notation - it is an adapted version of the Chen notation.
Picture: ERD Symbols and Meanings
Data modeling is actively applied in analysis and uses wide set of methods for description the data requirements in a system. One of the most popular and well-known is the ERD method of database modeling.
The best ERD tool for the Mac and Windows is ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software extended with the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from the Software Development Area for ConceptDraw Solution Park, which is sharpened for professional ERD drawing and data modeling with Entity Relationship Diagram.
Picture: Data Modeling with Entity Relationship Diagram
A Data Flow Diagram (DFD) is a graphical technique which allows effectively model and analyze the information processes and systems. The ability to fast and easy create the DFDs is made possible with Data Flow Diagrams solution from the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. For designing the Data Flow Diagrams are used simple DFD flowchart symbols which are connected each other by arrows depicting the data flow from one step to another.
Picture: DFD Flowchart Symbols
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Computer networks nowadays are spread all across the world. The large number of parameters, such as geographic scale or communication protocols, can divide networks. One of the most common types of networks is called local area network (LAN). It convenient to represent network examples by means of diagrams.
This local area network (LAN) diagram provides an easy way to see the way the devices in a local network are interacted. The diagram uses a library containing specific symbols to represent network equipment , media and the end-user devices such as computers (PC, mac, laptop) , network printer, hubs, server and finally a modem. There are two types of network topologies: physical and logical. The current diagram represents precisely a physical type of LAN topology because it refers to the physical layout of a local network equipment.
Picture: Local area network (LAN). Computer and Network Examples
A model of a system is defined as a set of hierarchical diagrams representing the asynchronous process of data transformation from the moment it is input to the system to the moment it is output to the user. To demonstrate how a process transforms the initial data, you should design a data flow diagram using a DFD Library included in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Solution Park. Start your diagramming experience now!
You can use this library of symbols related to data flow diagrams (DFD) to design data-oriented or process-oriented models along with data process diagrams. This vector objects library It is a part of ConceptDraw solution designed for data flow diagramming, along with corresponding samples and templates. A data flow diagram is a 2D flowchart that depicts the sequence of particular activities and operations operations and activities which is accompanied by the dynamic flow of some data.
Picture: Design Data Flow. DFD Library
There are many ways to define the flow of information within a system. Structured-systems analysis method often uses data flow diagrams to show data flow, data storages and data processing visualization. These diagrams are easy to develop and quite useful.
Here is a dataflow diagram presenting an example of the manufacturing process flow. The oval process shapes represent a process that controls data within the current system. The process may produce data or make some action based on data. Data flows are represented by lines. They show the movement of information through the system. The direction of the data flow is depicted by the arrow. The external entities are shown by rectangles. They represent the external entities interacting with the system. The data store objects (unclosed rectangles) are used to show data bases participating in a process flow.
Picture: Data Flow Diagram
When you need to visually represent the structure of relational database, Entity relationship diagram (ERD) is a type of diagram for that case.
Most entity-relationship diagrams can be built with objects from Flowchart solution or ERD Solution which contains inbuilt templates. Follow these steps to create your own custom ERD diagram.
Don't be frightened if it looks complex, ConceptDraw DIAGRAM makes it easy to create an ERD, and hundreds of other diagrams, in minutes.
Picture: Developing Entity Relationship Diagrams
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