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Associations and the 'Source' element

Question asked by ferdware on Oct 26, 2014
Latest reply on Oct 27, 2014 by ferdware
I'm new to Alfresco and I have been diligently going through all the developer tutorials, however I do have one question that I can't seem to find the answer for.  It has to do with Associations and the 'Source'/'Target' elements.  Actually more the source element than the target.

If Document-A has a peer association with Document-B then how does the source directive come to play?  In my mind in order to have any association with anything should it always start with a source? The reason I ask is because in many examples I see the source set as source->mandatory->false.  What does this mean? How can you have a target without a source?

Also when set to source->many->true, I'm assuming that the target can have more than one reference, and when set to false only one reference?

If anyone out there can explain I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank You in Advance.