We have created some links between Cradle items but we only want to see a filtered set of these links in our table.
Cradle has a unique ability to follow cross references transitively. This means that although an item might not be directly cross referenced from it’s source, it might be linked indirectly through another item/item type.
Combining these features can allow flexibility for the output of items that have some relationship to the source which will reduce the number of direct cross references required.
For example, we would like to show dependencies between item type A and item type C but ONLY those that have a yellow and blue link type.
We can see in the screenshot below that only A-6 and A-11 are transitively linked to items of item type C with both a blue and a yellow link:
Setting Link Groups
This defined link group can be used in navigations.
Navigations allow us to specify how we would like to follow the links that have been created between items. This is a very powerful feature as we can also specify that we would like to follow links transitively:
Using the Navigation in Views
We can now use the navigation to specify that we want to show links between item type A and item type C that are followed transitively but we ONLY want to show the group of links YELLOW AND BLUE. Remember that there are NO DIRECT links between these two item types. The cross references are from item type A to item type B and also from item type B to item type C:
Applying this view, we can see that only the YELLOW AND BLUE links are shown in the table. The remainder appear blank:
Using the Navigation in Queries
We might wish to only show items in our table that have these links in preference to showing all items and just appearing blank where the transitive link does not exist. We can achieve this in the Query Details dialog:
This will now filter out of the list any items that do not match the navigation criteria:
Showing Path in a Tree Style
If we followed the path in a tree style showing downward links, we can see that item type A (A-6 and A-11) are not directly linked to item type C (C-1). They go through item type B (B-2):
Cradle provides a unique ability to allow cross references to be followed transitively (through other items).
Transitive navigations can be applied to views and queries. This provides a very powerful filtering mechanism that allows us to show non-direct dependencies between items.