Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation

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Learn
  • Master new Visio features supporting structured diagrams and Validation
  • Learn new Validation functions, including creating and modifying Validation Rules to verify diagram correctness
  • Successfully implement out-of-the-box content for Visio 2010
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Visio as a diagramming tool and the Visio document structure
  • Discover the Visio 14.0 Type Library
  • Understand ShapeSheet functions for writing formulae in Validation tests
  • Publish custom Visio templates that enforce company diagramming standards
  • Build a Visio add-in for increased ease when creating Rules or analyzing existing Rules
  • Use the provided Rules Tools add-in to export Validation Rules to XML
  • View diagrams with corresponding issues using annotations
About

Microsoft Visio is a diagramming program using vector graphics, which ultimately allows business professionals to explore and communicate complex information more effectively. Through various visual representations, Visio enables complicated data to be presented in a clear, communicative, and data-connected way. Therefore, productivity is increased by utilizing the wide variety of diagrams that can convey information at a glance, as data can be understood and acted upon quickly. This book enables business developers to unleash the full potential of Diagram Validation that Visio 2010 Premium Edition has to offer.

This focused tutorial will enable you to get to grips with Diagram Validation in Visio 2010 Premium Edition to the fullest extent, enabling powerful automatic diagram verification based on custom logic and assuring correct and compliant diagrams. You will learn how to create and publish Rules, and use the ShapeSheet to write formulae. There is a special focus on extending and enhancing the capabilities of Visio 2010 diagram validation, and on features that are not found in the out-of-the-box product, like installing and using a new Rules Tools add-in, complete with source code, reviewing the new diagramming rules in flowchart and BPMN templates, and creating your own enhanced Data Flow Model Diagram template, complete with Validation Rules.

The book begins by covering the basic functions of Visio 2010, and then dives deep into showing you how to formulate your own Validation Rules and understand the Visio Object Model. ShapeSheet functions are explored in detail, as are creating Validation Rule Sets and Rules, and visualizing issues, with practical demonstrations along the way. Other content includes building a Rules Tools add-in using C#, creating test and filter expressions, and publishing Validation Rules for others to use. Finally, the book considers the creation and implementation of a new RuleSet for Data Flow Model Diagrams with a worked example.

By following the practical and immediately deployable examples found in the book, you will successfully learn both how to use the features of Microsoft Visio 2010, and how to extend the functionality provided in the box.

Features
  • Optimize your business information visualization by mastering out-of-the-box, structured diagram functionality with features like the Basic and Cross-Functional Flowcharts
  • Create and analyze custom Validation Rules for structured diagrams using Visio Premium
  • Get to grips with validation logic for Business Process Diagramming with Visio 2010, by using the provided Rules Tools add-in
  • Discover the power of the ShapeSheet and learn how to write ShapeSheet formulae for use in Validation tests, following real and practical business examples and instructions
  • Packed with screenshots to demonstrate immediately usable Visio practices for achieving your business visualization goals
Page Count 344
Course Length 10 hours 19 minutes
ISBN 9781849680141
Date Of Publication 8 Jul 2010

Authors

David John Parker

David began his professional life as a qualified building architect in the UK, but found the challenge of linking information to drawings too exciting. He gave up architecture in the late 80s to follow his interest and became a developer and consultant on facilities and cable management software. In 1996, David began to use Visio linked to enterprise databases, and in 1998 started his own data visualization consultancy business, bVisual ltd. His Visio-based solutions have extended to include project management, risk analysis, and process flows, amongst other things.

David has been a speaker at several Visio conferences over the years, and has been awarded Most Valued Professional status for his services to the Visio community for the last five years. He writes a regular Visio developer blog, and has previously authored a book about visualizing information with Visio 2007.