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Messages - Geert Bellekens

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General Board / Re: Performance problem or what?
« on: August 17, 2018, 09:57:20 pm »
I haven't seen any differences with regards to a separate AD group, but in almost all such cases the culprit was the network.

In one particular case we had users that were still connected tot he database using their Wifi instead the the network cable.
Disabling Wifi when plugged in via the cable resolved their performance issues.


Bugs and Issues / Re: EA Connector for JIRA and quotation marks.
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:46:20 pm »
I don't think EA does something like that automagically.

Whenever i need them I use Alt+174 for and Alt+175 for


I would probably write a bit of code (either C#, VBA or VBscript) to get the data out of the Word document.

I've done something similar in the past to get descriptions from a word document into EA (to be able to generate the whole document from EA)


Bugs and Issues / Re: EA Connector for JIRA and quotation marks.
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:28:14 pm »
I'm guessing that this is an issue with the connector not properly escaping the quotes.

What do you mean by "Also, it this a way to add in EA?"


If you want the crows foot notation you can simply switch that on on the diagram properties | Connector | Connector Notation
Set it to Information Engineering for crows foot.

It doesn't change anything to the model, only to the way it is displayed on this diagram.


ERD is not part of UML and mainly focused on data modelling.
I suppose mostly with the intent to be implemented as a relational database.

UML Class diagrams have a much wider scope and are used for all kinds of different things, including data modelling.

I prefer class diagrams.


Or you could
- disable security
- transfer model
- enable security

But that would leave your model open without requesting logins for the time it requires to transfer the model.

I'm not so sure creating a special user is such a bad idea. If you have security on your database based on windows authentication, then that will protect your model from unauthorized access, regardless of EA users.


You'll have to turn off security "after transferring to .eap file.

I don't know by heart where this setting is located in the database, but once turned off you should not get any log-in prompts anymore.
You should be able to find it if you turn on the profiler on SQL server and then do it manually.


It fails because of 2. Target File is already existing
You don't need an empty .eap file for the project transfer using the API.


The password dialog you are getting is EA's equivalent of "could not connect to the database". :-\
Try disabling the network, and you'll see the same thing.

There probably is an issue with the connection string you are using.


General Board / Re: Aggregates connector is shown the wrong way around
« on: August 16, 2018, 05:03:26 pm »
I think it would be a good idea if the old Aggregation connectors would not be available anymore by default.
I mean, who still uses UML 1.1?

As an alternative you could provide toolbox items to draw Associations with AggregationKind = shared and AggregationKind = composite.

I try to teach all of my users to avoid the Aggregation connectors and use Associations instead already.


Try this:

  • Modify the "DDL" Template (Design -> Tools -> Transform -> Transform Templates)
  • Replace: type=%qt%%CONVERT_DB_TYPE(genOptDefaultDatabase, attType)%%qt%
        type = %qt%varchar%qt%
        length = %255%qt%

And see if works.
Wouldn't that make ALL columns of type varchar(255)?


General Board / Re: rich text in report not displayed correctly
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:56:45 pm »
If you use regular templates (using insert field -> Notes) that shouldn't happen.

If you use an SQL or script fragment then you have to do something special for EA to recognize the field as "rich text".

In a script fragment you need to add an attribute to the xml element, in an SQL fragment you need to add .formatted to the name of the result field.

This is explained in the manual in more detail.


Bugs and Issues / Re: Notes for class attributes
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:11:49 am »
Apparently version 14.1 is bringing back the attributes dialog :)

You see Thomas, sometimes they do listen to us  ;D


General Board / Re: Is EA v 14 ready for Enterprise use?
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:32:44 pm »
I'm a bit in dubio.

On the one hand 1423 indeed seems to be a more or less stable version, but then I see that in v14.1 they are bringing back the attributes and operations dialog, which is much more user-friendly then the current docked window in v14.

I would say, if you have a couple of months time to wait until v14.1 is stable then it might be worth the wait.


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