Rattail provides a “core” schema which is assumed to be the foundation of any Poser app database.
All tables which are considered part of the Rattail “core” schema, are defined
as ORM classes within the
The Rattail project has its roots in retail grocery-type stores, and its schema reflects that to a large degree. In practice however the software may be used to support a wide variety of apps. The next section describes that a bit more.
Almost certainly a custom app will need some of the core tables, but just as certainly, it will not need others. And to make things even more interesting, it may need some tables but also need to “supplement” them somehow, to track additional data for each record etc.
Any table in the core schema which is not needed, may simply be ignored, i.e. hidden from the app UI etc.
Any table which is “missing” from core schema, from the custom app’s perspective, should be added as a custom table.
Also, any table which is “present but missing columns” from the app’s perspective, will require a custom table. In this case each record in the custom table will “tie back to” the core table record. The custom record will then supply any additional data for the core record.
Defining custom tables, and associated tasks, are documented in Migrating the Schema.