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    Default Re: Best practice for manual table relating

    Chris,
    There is absolutely no need to have a Tenant ID in any table which is a child of Customer unless you want to re-use ID's between Tenants.
    Look at the Table structures in the WebOrderMobile Example.
    You will see that the OrdHea table has a relationship to Customer.
    Now look at OrdDtl. It has a relationship to OrdHea but absolutely no mention of Customer. Nevertheless, OrderDtl records are unique to a Customer because their parent OrdHea is related to Customer. A multi-tenant application simply has another level in this relationship: Tenant. Now a Customer will relate to Tenant and all the child tables should stay as is.

    There are some other factors you need to take into account in a a multi-tenant application.

    Users need to belong to a Tenant so WebAppUser will need to include a Tenant ID.
    SessionManager.wo needs to be modified to have a Tenant DD so that the right Tenant is found on Login
    If Table ID's are duplicated between Tenants then the system counters can no longer reside in a simple System table like Ordsys
    Other Tables such as Vendor, Invt, etc. will also need a Tenant ID with appropriate changes to selection lists etc. I believe in real life SalesP records are better belonging to a Customer than a Tenant but that's up to you.
    Every View using Tables which are children of Tenant will need a Tenant DD

    I'm sure there are other things but the important thing is to get the concept and it will all follow on from there.

    I would recommend that you make a copy of the WebOrderMobile workspace, add a Tenant Table to it and Tenant ID fields to the Tables that need them including OrdHea with a 2 segment index TenantID/Order_Number This does not need to relate to Tenant. It simply serves to make Order_Number non-unique.
    Modify SessionManager.wo to have a Tenant DD populated on Login.
    Create two Tenants
    Manually add Tenant ID 1 to all the Table with a Tenant ID
    Write some code to copy all the relevant tables changing Tenant ID to 2 wherever it appears.
    Now you will have a multi-tenant application where you can login to a single Tenant and view its orders. You will then need to do a bit of work to manage Table ID's so you can create new orders.

    Once you have done the above, you should have a good understanding of how to develop a Multi-Tenant application.
    Good luck,
    Ian
    Last edited by Ianv; 5-Jan-2021 at 06:25 PM.
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