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What are attributes?

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An attribute is a specific piece of information that is attached to an object, such as a description of that object, its model number, another associated object, or a user assigned as the object’s owner.

Every object includes four default attributes:

  1. Name - this text attribute is created by default. If you wish, you can configure the name of an object to be unique. Find out more about setting unique values. You can change which attribute contains the name of the object by selecting that attribute to be the label.

  2. Key - a unique identifier for this object. You cannot change the key after the object has been created. The object key is based on the object schema key, plus a unique identifying integer. If you are creating multiple objects, the keys of these objects may not always be sequential.

  3. Created - the date and time the object was created. This attribute cannot be modified.

  4. Updated - the date and time the object was last modified. This attribute is updated whenever an object or one of it's attributes is changed.

Attributes can hold many different types of information – text values, numerical values, a status, or even references to other objects. They can also be customised to hold very specific information, such as a post code, a certain pattern of strings, an object of a particular type, or a mandatory value. Find out more about different attribute types.


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