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General Board / MDG Integration for Visual Studio 2005, Version 2
« on: August 06, 2006, 05:34:14 pm »
The beta release of MDG Integration for Visual Studio 2005, Version 2 is now available to registered users.
Please see the following for details:

All feedback is most welcome! Post comments here or submit any bugs via the bug report page:

General Board / Re: Alternative database backend
« on: January 28, 2002, 02:29:23 am »

We are current building support for other backend databases (Oracle, DB2, SQL Server etc) and we will take into account your request for multiple projects in the one database.  Although there are many issues (our side) that will need to be overcome, we will see what can be done. Thanks for the feedback.

Paul Mathers

General Board / UML Training CD ROM using ICONIX Process and EA!
« on: March 23, 2004, 04:03:56 pm »
Thanks to the efforts of all at ICONIX we are now able to bring you "Mastering UML with Enterprise Architect and the ICONIX Process" Training CD ROM!  Now you can learn to streamline your process right from your desktop, at the pace you dictate.  You can find more information at:

General Board / Re: A gripe about 3.51
« on: March 05, 2003, 04:08:50 am »
Hi Sunil,

The install program we use doesnt appear to support optional program group destinations (?) - Ill look into it further.

The name "Enterprise Architect" as it applies to our modeling tool has nothing to do with the 'Enterprise' edition of Microsoft Visual Studio ... it is just an unfortunate and unintended name clash.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Drag and drop in project explorer
« on: March 05, 2003, 02:50:50 am »
Hi Tjerk,

I havent been able to duplicate this. Im not sure what the issue would be. If you get any more information of the circumstances under which it occurs, please let me know.

Meanwhile I will keep an eye out for it,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Attribute tagged values in RTF
« on: March 05, 2003, 02:43:23 am »
Hi Tjerk,

I have updated the current build of EA to allow excluding of "Feature Tagged Values" - meaning tagged values for Attributes and Operations. This option on the RTF report screen will be checked by default - but when cleared will result in no tagged value information being written to the RTF document for Attributes or Operations.

This will be in build 605.

I will look into the sorting problem - the current implementation in EA uses a custom sort ofr the tree - but relies on database sorting for the report. I will need to make some changes to get the two in synch.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: convert EA to Visio?
« on: May 27, 2002, 07:47:39 pm »

Unfortunately I am not that familiar with Visio however I have heard that the latest version (2002 i think) supports import/export of XMI.  This would at least give you starting point.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Generating get/set for associations in java
« on: August 27, 2002, 06:08:44 am »

Your message didn't mention if you have flagged each attribute as a property.  Once you do this to an attribute you will be shown the 'Create Property Implementation" screen, where you can define your preferences for the getter and setter.  Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Problem sharing projects on a network share.
« on: October 06, 2002, 05:18:02 am »

{The following is the response that Sparx responded to Ander's with via email}

In  95% or more of cases the 'Unrecognized Database Format' error simply means a client has disconnected from the model file unexpectedly. This can happen if:

1. The network connection is lost
2. The client application crashes
3. The client computer shuts down unexpectedly
4. Someone turns their PC off while EA is still running

The error generally means that a flag is set in the model file that inidcates an unexpected termination - the repair process only resets this one flag.

In  rare  cases,  a field may be corrupted - and accessing this field repeatedly will cause an exception ... but this is not common.

I  have  noticed  over the years that it is often a single PC or notebook with a 'flakey' connection that causes the problem - but it is hard to pin down.

The following knowledge base article (from Microsoft) describes how to care for JET databases  ...  there  are  some  tips in it you may wish to consider - and some
references  to  other  articles  on the same topic. There are also some tips for configuring the server on which the model file resides.;EN-US;Q303528&

I  have also seen problems when the model file is stored on a UNIX based network server ... what file server OS are you using?

Are  you using JET 4.0? EA can be configured to do that on the main View/Options screen  -  but all your users whould be configured for JET 4.0 at the same time, and ideally the model file upgraded to Access 2002 format. Please check that all users are on the same level.

JET  4.0  is  generally  considered  more  reliable than 3.5 and you may wish to consider upgrading the model file and your clients to JET 4.0.

We  are  just  now  releasing  the  BETA  version  of  EA 3.5 - which includes a 'Coporate  Edition' of EA that supports a MySQL or SQL Server repository instead of JET. The final version will be out by the end of this month if all goes well.
This  may  be  an  option  to  consider  (the upgrade price from Professional to Coporate  will  be  something  like  20$ a license).  If you want to try the beta version, let me know.

Best regards,
Geoffrey Sparks

General Board / Re: Favorites and Association Class
« on: August 14, 2002, 06:32:13 am »

To answer Ronnie's first question about favorites, we have just uploaded a zip file that contains only the EXE of build 503 which includes the missing menu item.  The filename is and it in the same directory as the full version of EA (this file is only available to registered users at the moment).

As for the second point, the 'Unlink' ability of a Association Class has been overlooked, we have made a note of this fact and we should include this ability in the next week or two.  In the mean time the only solution that is available is to delete the main association (which will also delete the class), which is or course less than ideal.  We apologise for this inconvenience.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: How to recover from EAP file integrity problem
« on: September 04, 2002, 06:34:14 am »

Yes their are other users that experience the same problem and usually the problem is caused by a slow or poor performing file server.   Probably the easiest thing to do (assuming you have one) is to move the EAP file to a more efficient file server.

You might also want to review the following articles to see if the suggestions
provided will help:

Q306204 ACC2000: How to Troubleshoot Corruption in an Access Database

Q300216 ACC2000: How to Minimize Database Corruption When Using Jet 4.0

Q209137 ACC2000: How to Troubleshoot/Repair a Damaged Jet 4.0 Database

Q304561 ACC2000: Using MS Query to Recover Data from a Damaged Database

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: CREATE INDEX DDL
« on: September 23, 2002, 06:08:05 am »
This message was replied to via email, below is a copy of the reply.


At the moment there is no way to change DDL syntax, however at the moment we are in the process of investigating what is the best way to implement this type of functionality.  We would hope to include this type of functionality early next year, sorry we can't be more help at the moment.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Multiple Database DDL
« on: October 07, 2002, 05:08:29 am »

You are correct, the the intended use for "Common Type" is to allow for easier migration from one DB to another and this is the way the programming languages works.  However at the moment EA does not have any processes to handle this for database languages.  We have made a note of this fact and we will be looking at including this ability as soon as possible.

 Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Displaying URL's in RTF
« on: October 07, 2002, 04:47:55 am »

At the moment the RTF generated from EA does not include the file information.  The "External Hyperlink" flag you have mentioned is referring to whether or not hyperlink object (a type of object, which can be found on the 'UML Elements' toolbar) information should be included in the generation.  

Hope this explains the matter.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Any Build Policy Change????
« on: October 06, 2002, 03:36:28 am »

Kelly is correct, we are currently focusing on version 3.50, which is available (for registered users) for download as a beta version, see the following post for details.

Once version 3.50 is bedded down we expect to resume the normal upgrade cycle of one every 2 weeks, which is the rate we have always aimed for.  Hope this answers your questions.

Paul Mathers

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