Entity Relationship Diagram Software Engineering
Entity Relationship Diagram (aka ERD, ER Diagram, E-R Diagram) is a well-tried software engineering tool for data modeling, system design and illustrating the logical structure of databases. Introduced by Peter Chen the ER modeling technique is now successfully used in software development, when creating conceptual data model of an information system.
There are used three basic elements for ERDs construction: entities, attributes, relationships. Chen's notation for ERD assumes the use of rectangles to represent entities and diamonds to represent relationships between first-class objects. Another popular notation for ER diagrams is Crow's foot notation.
Professional ERD drawing is an essential software engineering method for database modeling. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM as a powerful Entity Relationship Diagram software engineering offers the tools of Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
Example 1. Entity Relationship Diagram Software Engineering (Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows)
Use ConceptDraw DIAGRAM enhanced with Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution to draw Entity Relationship Diagrams using Chen's or crow's foot notations. This solution contains a lot of useful drawing tools, 2 libraries with 45 vector design elements for both notations, and amazing collection of ready ERD samples, examples and templates for quick start.
Example 2. Entity relationship diagram (ERD), Chen's notation
The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution for ConceptDraw Solution Park is an effective help in description a database using the Entity-Relationship model. Make sure this right now!
Example 3. Entity Relationship Model Diagram, Crow's Foot notation
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- You don't need to be an artist to draw professional looking diagrams in a few minutes.
- Large quantity of ready-to-use vector objects makes your drawing diagrams quick and easy.
- Great number of predesigned templates and samples give you the good start for your own diagrams.
- ConceptDraw DIAGRAM provides you the possibility to use the grid, rules and guides. You can easily rotate, group, align, arrange the objects, use different fonts and colors to make your diagram exceptionally looking.
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TEN RELATED HOW TO's:
It is very difficult to get into database model idea without any examples. To create one, you can use Chen’s notation for Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) and try to see all the peculiarities yourself. This notation describes entities and relations as basic geometric shapes like rectangles and diamonds.
Chen notation for Entity-relationship diagrams is used for designing relational databases. It depicts the database entities as a set of subjects. For example events, people, ideas, etc. All entities has common characteristics (attributes). Any object of the system is identified as the sole and unique. The name of entity should indicate the class or type of the the whole object, not a given example. The connection commonly represents a relationship between entities. Conceptdraw Entity-Relationship Diagrams (ERD) solution provides the libraries with ready-to-use ERD element fitting Chen's notation objects and relationships.
Picture: Design Element: Chen for Entity Relationship Diagram - ERD
Structured-systems analysis and design method uses data flow diagrams to represent the process of data flowing through a system. Talking about this might be useless without a proper example of DFD for online store (Data Flow Diagram). This DFD example shows all the distinctness that a diagram can bring into a scattered data structure.
Data flow diagrams are used to show how data is processed within some business processes. Making DFD is a common practice for business process modeling and analysis. This diagram represents the online store business flow. It describes inputs and outputs within online selling process and depicts the interactions between its participants. This DF diagram can be used by system analysts to create an overview of a business, to study and discover its inherent strengths and weak points.
Picture: Example of DFD for Online Store (Data Flow Diagram)
Data flow diagrams are the graphical tool, used in the visualization of data flow of some data processing systems. It is the valuable process modeling tool. Also designing DFD is the important component of the initial part of any information system development project. The standard symbols are used to represent the interaction of a system components and how various kinds of components influence on data flow. The ConceptDraw Data Flow Diagrams solution is design to assist professional software engineers in making DFDs according to Gane and Sarson, and Yourdon and Coad notations.
Do you imagine yourself as a successful IT specialist? To your mind, they all use data flow diagram examples to learn and to get inspired. Aren’t you still with us?
Picture: Data Flow Diagram Examples
The Event-driven Process Chain ( EPC ) Diagrams allows users to present business process models in terms of work flows.
The EPC diagram can shows various vayes how to reach positive company performance.
Picture: EPC - Business Processes in Terms of Work Flows
The Ishikawa diagram, Cause and Effect diagram, Fishbone diagram — all they are the names of one and the same visual method for working with causal connections. Originally invented by Kaoru Ishikawa to control the process quality, the Ishikawa diagram is well proven in other fields of management and personal scheduling, events planning, time management. It is a chart in the form of a fish, whose head is a problem, the fins are variants for its causes.
To design easily the Fishbone diagram, you can use a special ConceptDraw DIAGRAM vector graphic and diagramming software which contains the powerful tools for Fishbone diagram problem solving offered by Fishbone Diagrams solution for the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
Picture: Fishbone Diagram Problem Solving
What Is a Circle Spoke Diagram? It is a diagram which has a central item surrounded by other items in a circle. The Circle Spoke Diagrams are often used to show the features or components of the central item in marketing and management documents and presentations. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM extended with Business Diagrams Solution from the Management Area is the best software for creating Circle-Spoke Diagrams.
Picture: What Is a Circle Spoke Diagram
The ER diagram is constructed from the specific ERD graphic elements. There are used 2 types of ERD notations: Chen and Crow's Foot.
A complete set of work flow shapes, notation & symbols for ERD, entity relationship stencils, included in Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software, makes drawing diagrams based on ERD notation as smooth as possible.
Picture: Notation & Symbols for ERD
A voltage source is a two terminal device which can maintain a fixed voltage. An ideal voltage source can maintain the fixed voltage independent of the load resistance or the output current. However, a real-world voltage source cannot supply unlimited current. A voltage source is the dual of a current source. Real-world sources of electrical energy, such as batteries, generators, and power systems, can be modeled for analysis purposes as a combination of an ideal voltage source and additional combinations of impedance elements.
26 libraries of the Electrical Engineering Solution of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM make your electrical diagramming simple, efficient, and effective. You can simply and quickly drop the ready-to-use objects from libraries into your document to create the electrical diagram.
Picture: Electrical Symbols — Power Sources
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Comparison with Omnigraffle Professional and MS Visio. All source ConceptDraw 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 graphics formats.
Picture: ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Comparison with Omnigraffle Professional and MS Visio
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is the best network diagram software. To design the Cisco Network Diagrams and visualize the computer networks topology use ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software extended with Cisco Network Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Solution Park.
Picture: Cisco Network Diagram Software