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Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation

Create custom Validation Rules for structured diagrams and increase the accuracy of your business information with Visio 2010 Premium Edition
o Optimize your business information visualization by mastering out-of-the-box, structured diagram functionality with features like the Basic and Cross-Functional Flowcharts
o Create and analyze custom Validation Rules for structured diagrams using Visio Premium
o Get to grips with validation logic for Business Process Diagramming with Visio 2010, by using the provided Rules Tools add-in
o 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
o Packed with screenshots to demonstrate immediately usable Visio practices for achieving your business visualization goals
In Detail
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.
A comprehensive and highly practical Visio 2010 tutorial using Premium Edition, including example code and demonstrations for creating Validation Rules, writing ShapeSheet formulae, and much more

What you will learn from this book

o Master new Visio features supporting structured diagrams and Validation
o Learn new Validation functions, including creating and modifying Validation Rules to verify diagram correctness
o Successfully implement out-of-the-box content for Visio 2010
o Gain a deeper understanding of Visio as a diagramming tool and the Visio document structure
o Discover the Visio 14.0 Type Library
o Understand ShapeSheet functions for writing formulae in Validation tests
o Publish custom Visio templates that enforce company diagramming standards
o Build a Visio add-in for increased ease when creating Rules or analyzing existing Rules
o Use the provided Rules Tools add-in to export Validation Rules to XML
o View diagrams with corresponding issues using annotations
Approach
A focused tutorial, this book provides a range of practical examples with downloadable code, showing you how to create business process diagramming templates with Visio and enabling you to effectively visualize business information. It draws on real business examples and needs, and covers all the new features of Visio 2010 Premium Edition.

Who this book is written for
If you are a Microsoft Visio 2010 Premium Edition user or developer who wants to get to grips with both the basic features of Visio 2010 and the new Validation Rules in this edition, then this book is for you. A working knowledge of Microsoft Visio, and optionally .NET for the add-in code, is required, though previous knowledge of business process diagramming is not necessary. More experienced Visio users will gain valuable knowledge for building add-ins and creating and publishing rules. If you want to achieve results from Visio 2010 beyond the ordinary out-of-the-box features, then this book is ideal for you. Although this book covers the Premium Edition, much of the book is still useful if you are a Visio 2010 Standard Edition or Professional Edition user.
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