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Is it possible to use the in-built report generator to report on a selection of classes dotted around my model, so that their operations' signatures are tabulated like so:

Class NameOperationNameParam Name and TypeReturn Type
Class 1OperationX(Rows of parameters)integer

Or similar

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3 months full-time on-site in Cardiff, South Wales, starting mid-September.
To support building the architecture capability in readiness for transformation in a financial institution.
Contact me for more details with your credentials.

I won't post the message until I know it is OK to do so. Don't want to misuse the forum.

General Board / Re: Untapped Feature: "Element Decisions"
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:14:11 pm »
Many thanks everyone
The key thing here for me is that the DMN is for modelling repeated decision rules (what we call business rules in our organisation). Can be useful and I'd be keen to see any examples anyone has, especially visualisation of the rules on diagrams.
This is as opposed to recording decisions made during architectural analysis and decision, that are more often ad-hoc. Anybody got any prior art approaches on that?

General Board / Untapped Feature: "Element Decisions"
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:32:03 pm »
Hi All
Sparx 13 has a feature under Design->Element->Decisions that brings up a Decision Table window in the diagram tab, focussed around the current element.
It has a single Scenario tab with a top pane to add a number of unique scenarios / conditions / not sure?
The tab also has a bottom pane to add a number of conclusions.
F1 / context sensitive help no longer works since I installed the local help files (just take me to the help front page i.e. has lost context sensitivity).
So I'm at a loss about the value and use of this. Anyone have any experience of it and can say what it is good for

General Board / Re: Comparing Elements in Sparx
« on: April 29, 2017, 12:06:51 am »
Seconded  :)

General Board / Re: Comparing Elements in Sparx
« on: April 28, 2017, 01:52:32 am »
Hi Graham

I think the most that the Time Aware Modelling feature set itself offers in this regard is the ability to filter a diagram based on version number. So it is down to ensuring you've thought ahead about the diagrams you will use in your original and cloned structure.

Then there's the traceability view and the gap analysis tools that already exist. You can get some mileage using these with the way this feature is implemented, but you have to dig.

Did you go on to use Time Aware Modelling? How did you get on?


General Board / Re: Time Aware Modelling - Some questions
« on: April 28, 2017, 01:26:28 am »
Hi Paolo

Lots of views on this post, but where are the replies?
  • Version numbers need not be numerical.
  • The clone of diagrams does consist of pointers to original elements, but then you can optionally clone those elements in-situ from the diagram, when you are intending to change them from the prior version.
Have you gone on to use this approach? I'd be interested in your experiences.

Consider a cloned V1.1 diagram with a V1 element 'X' that relations to a V1 element 'Y', with a V1(X-Y) relationship.
I don't like the fact that when you clone V1-X, it creates a V1.1(X)-V1(Y) relationship, nor do I like the V1.1(X)-V1(X) relationship.

To Illustrate why I don't like it, consider what happens to a document of your V1 AS-IS that reports on relationships. All of a sudden it is polluted with V1.1 etc version object ends. And also bear in mind it will likely report on the V1.1 'X' through the trace relationship.

It's an interesting implementation but there's another way to skin the cat that doesn't have these issues. I'm taking one idea to the London User Conference on 18 May, where we can workshop the subject and see what other ideas people have. I pledge to come back to the forum with a summary of the discussion.



Yep - it's working!

Thanks everyone.
I've had a support ticket in with eaDocX about this and the good souls there have an approach that goes like this:
- import into some temporary elements with tagged values holding the GUIDs of the things that need hooking up, together with the type of connector and it's stereotype;
- run a script on the temp elements to connect up the elements referred to in the temp elements' tagged values.

Simples. 25,000 elements in play, it's still processing (doing it over VPN), but I will report back.

We're still no further with this - i.e. being able to import relationships into EA from Excel.
Reminder: the elements already exist in EA so we want first to push the elements out to Excel with GUIDs (can do this part), then transpose them with the target elements and relationship type (available in a second file) so that we have an Excel table thus:

Source_GUID, {other source fields}, Target_GUID, {other target fields}, Relationship type

Lastly, to import this back into EA such that the existing elements remain unaltered but that they gain the new relationship type.

Are we hoping for too much?

General Board / Re: Glossary in Version 13
« on: March 12, 2017, 04:38:51 am »
Thanks everyone for your kindness, humour, and help.
What a community!
I'm back into the Glossary. Happy!

General Board / Re: Glossary in Version 13
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:30:12 am »
Now I feel really stupid  :-[
What is the EA icon menu? (I have looked, honestly).

General Board / Glossary in Version 13
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:57:29 am »
I just can't find it! Help doesn't help! Can one of you kind souls?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Archimate 3 model exchange format
« on: February 16, 2017, 01:09:26 am »
Does V13 support ArchiMateŽ Model Exchange File Format for the ArchiMate 3.0 Modeling Language?

Many thanks,


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