The inventory is accessed by clicking on the Inventory item from
the main screen. To go back to the main screen, simply select the
back item from the navigation pane.
Inventory is the contents of SLIMS database. Each inventory item
is given a unique ID which is used to identify the item. For
example, the Administrator is a person object that exists for every
database. To find out what the id of the Administrator is,
select the people item from the navigation menu. This assumes you
are already in the inventory section. A window like the following
The center window now shows the view for the selected inventory
object. Each database object is shown as a row in a table.
Each column indicates some property of the object. These
properties are also known as fields.
Some views have unique commands, such as adding compounds to the
database or adding dilution plate templates. All views allow
searching to find specific data or sorting to provide a sorted view of
You can modify data in an inventory view, but this should be done
with care. Many fields are
difficult to edit in this fashion especially fields that contain the ids of
other objects in the database. In some cases, the proper ID will
have to be found in the database and copied into the appropriate field.
To add a new data item to a table, click on the add button. A new
ID will automatically be generated and a blank row will appear in the
table. At this point you will not be able to leave the view until
you click the commit button or rollback button.
Click the commit button to add your changes to the
Click the rollback button to remove your changes
from the database.
You will not be able to leave the view until you have committed or rolled back your changes.