Infor CRM SLX Application Architect LAN program

Having covered Administrator in my previous post on the Infor CRM SLX administrative LAN programs, I will now move on to Application Architect. Unlike Administrator, which handles the configuration of several different areas, Application Architect is concerned with a single thing, the Infor CRM SLX web client. That one purpose, however, includes enough complexity that I will be unable to cover it in a single post.  Application Architect is used for managing the data used to create the Infor CRM SLX  web client site, deploying that site to an IIS server, and adding customizations to an existing client site.

Application Architect Connection

First, a word about the connection. In recent versions of Infor CRM SLX, Application Architect uses its own connection to the database. The first time you create a Data Link (as seen in this post), a corresponding Application Architect connection should be created. If you change that Data Link in Connection Manager, or add another one, that will not be reflected in the Application Architect connection, and those changes will need to be made separately in Application Architect. Looking at the interface, it has basically the same fields that need to be edited to create a Data Link connection, just without all those other fields that are never touched. Note that this connection is directly to the database.

Application Architect

The first time you actually log in to Application Architect, you will see a largely blank window. You will need to use the View menu to choose which items to display. I usually start with adding the Project Explorer, Virtual File System Explorer, and Deployment Explorer, all of which add to the left side; and the Output Window along the bottom. Individual user’s needs may vary. You can add and hide these as desired, and it will remember which ones were displayed the next time you log in.

Application Architect Views

I would like to take a moment to mention the Project Workspace Manager, which is yet another item that can be added from the View menu.  The Project, by default, is stored in the VFS (virtual file system), which is located in the database.  Using the Project Workspace Manager, you can switch the Project to be stored in an actual folder in the Windows file system , referred to as the LFS (local file system).  There is no reason to do this in production environments, but it can be very useful for development environments. A more detailed account of that can be found here, but be aware that it is no longer possible to back up a project in the current version of Infor CRM SLX, as the changes Infor made to ensure customizations are preserved during upgrades changed the way projects are saved.

Project File System

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