Class Configuration

You can configure a class and create objects from the class through two convenient dialog boxes–the Class dialog box and the Object dialog box–and through CimEdit.

A key to insuring a smooth transition from class to objects is to anticipate the objects' requirements. Once you have determined the application for the class and the possible range of values that will be required by objects created from the class, the configuration is straightforward and similar to configuration you have done for other CIMPLICITY applications.

 Important: You can modify a class before and after it has been applied. However, you cannot change the class dynamically.

What you configure for the class depends on the purpose for the class. In general, once you have mapped out a plan you can configure the options for the class in any order.

The steps for a standard class configuration are as follows. The order of these steps is designed to take advantage of all the options for the class, e.g. scripts are used in actions; actions are used in events.

Step 1

Plan a class.

Step 2

Open a Class dialog box.

Step 3

Configure class attributes.

Step 4

Configure data items.

Step 5

Write class scripts.

Step 6

Configure class actions.

Step 7

Configure class events.

Step 8

Create a class CimEdit screen.

Step 9

Create a class help file.

Step 10

Export or import a class.

Step 11

Create an object.

Before you configure a class, you should be familiar with how to configure each of the features in a CIMPLICITY application.

More information

Definitions for classes terminology.

Classes and class objects overview.