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General Board / Association of a WSDL type element witits XSD type
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:35:03 am »

I've got a couple of WSDL files that I imported in EA (v9.3).
I also use an XML Schema file (.xsd) that I imported in the same EA  package as my WSDL files.

Opening a WSDL package in EA & its "XSDSchema" Type package, I have my XSD element which type is defined in the XML Schema file.
If I open this element, I get the correct name of the Type with the name of the XSD but it's not associated with the corresponding UML class in EA (resulting from the XSD import)
EA will let me manually choose the right UML class in the model but I was wondering a workaround to make EA automatically do this.

As it currently works I have no option to obtain traceability when importing my WSDL file (provided I've already imported my XSD)

Here is an example :

WSDL file content :
<xs:element name="Something" type="xsdfile1:Something_Type"/>

XSD file content
<xs:complexType name="Something_Type">

>> both files are imported (XSD then WSDL)

Thanks in advance for any help

General Board / Auto names and counter on associations?
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:15:07 pm »

I'd like to know if associations, agregrations, dependencies, etc can be named automatically with a prefix + auto incremented number + suffix like what can be currently achieved with elements (class, reqs, use cases...)


General Board / Mandatory tagged values
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:50:19 am »
I defined a number of tagged values in a stereotype through a UML profile. I don't seem to find a way to set some tagged values as mandatory.

Is it possible to forbid a tagged value to be empty?


General Board / Annoying behaviour on BPMN diagrams
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:27:02 pm »

I noticed a weird and annoying behaviour when you select an activity or another node from a BPMN2 diagram: existing connectors associated with this activity are modified. As a result I often have to move the connector back to where it was.

Could this behaviour be amended so connectors aren't modified upon selection of an activity, gateway or event?


General Board / BPM workflow engine recommandation
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:46:16 pm »

We have a number of BPMN2 diagrams maintained in EA that we need to execute via a BPM workflow engine. This way we can start and follow several instances of the same process.

I read Sparx whitepaper on using EA tasks and resources, however our client requires an Open Source workflow engine.
I'm looking for any experience with EA BPMN2 diagrams and one of the workflow engine that's available.


General Board / Deploying an artefact to a Device node
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:57:47 am »

I'm working on a UML deployment diagram to define the artefacts that must be deployed onto devices.
To do so I create a "deploy" dependency from an artefact to a Device node. However when I use the quicklinker, EA doesn't give me the choice to creating this Deployment dependency. It works with Nodes, but not Devices.

However the OMG specs define the following: "A Device is a physical computational resource with processing capability upon which artifacts may be deployed for execution."
The UML metamodel confirms this should be feasible, according to figures 10.3 & 10.4 from the OMG UML 2.3 Superstructure specs (page 218), showing that :
- a deployed artifact can have several "deployment dependencies", each to a single "deployment target" that can be a Node
- a Device is a kind of Node

Is there any reason for this limitation in EA? I know that I can create this dependency using the toolbar, but I'd like to know why it's not supported by the quicklinker.


General Board / Timing diagram : repeat the timeline ?
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:31:29 am »

I created a Timing diagram with 3 lifelines (value & state) based on the same time line (from 0 to 60 minutes).
Is there any way to display the time line under each lifeline including the time values ?


General Board / Import several XMI files at once
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:15:40 pm »

Is there any script or plug-in available that makes it possible to import a selection of XMI files into the model within the selected package from the Project Browser?
A customer needs to import dozens of XMI within an EA project, so they're looking for a solution preventing from executing it once every file.


General Board / Image library for Infrastruct architecture diagram
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:20:24 pm »

I need to define the project infrastructure onto a diagram to show the servers, clients, networks, etc.
Software architects currently use Visio diagrams since they have a large selection of cool images to illustrate servers, PCs, switches, and so on.

I can't find any suitable image library in EA than can provide a similar rendering within a component or deployment diagram. Is such resource available somewhere via an additional image library or MDG?

I'm looking for something similar to diagrams shown on


General Board / Run GetAllLatest everytime you open the EAP file
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:12:58 pm »
We set up an EA project in the following collaborative mode : local EAP file + SVN server for the controlled packages (XMI).
Once a user has set up the local EAP file, no further update with SVN is required. Our client would like to prevent the manual task of having to run the GetAllLatest every day, when the EAP file is opened.

I guess the easiest way to set this up is to create a script that runs the Get All Latest once the EAP file is opened.
Does such a script already exist in the community? Is there any warning in terms of network issues to be aware of ?


General Board / Select projects to keep after a DBMS to EAP xfer
« on: October 17, 2013, 09:06:12 pm »

I've got to start a migration of EA projects from a DBMS to EAP files.
Given the DBMS holds 10 EA project roots, I need to create a single EAP file for each project root. All projects won't be transferred at the same time (projects 1 & 2 on week 1, projects 3/4/5 on week 2, etc.) so I'll have to run several times the DBMS to EAP project transfer (and flag projects as obsolete once done in the DBMS).

The issue I have is that I cannot select project roots to keep in my EAP. Furthermore, deleting each project require the deletion of the whole content within each project' views. This can obviously take ages based on the content held.

Is there any workaround to help the process of deleting single projects ?


General Board / Win32 UI
« on: September 03, 2012, 11:52:10 pm »

I just played a bit with the new Win32 User Interface profile (available from EA 9.x) since it looks much better than the original UI design profile (with fairly old fashioned UI elements or too basic).
The main issue I have : I cannot change the elements or text's colour, font, etc.
for instance if I create a button and select blue as the background, the rendering remains the same.

Is there a workaround or will this be enhanced in the future?


General Board / Import DB schema -> error import table
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:48:36 pm »

I ran an Import DB Schema from ODBC to retrieve the DB schema from a remote MySQL 5.1.
For each imported table, I got the following error :

Error importing Table: <name of the table> => There was an error parsing  on line < line number >. Unexpected symbol: (

Is there any way to gather exactly what happened? (and if there's any impact on the generated tables in EA)


General Board / Struggling with BPMN diagrams : pool/lanes
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:03:17 pm »

EA's way of handling Pools and Lanes on a BPMN diagram is a bit of a struggle, especially when moving a selection of elements (activities, events, gateways) including pools or lanes, or moving/resizing a lane.
The main issue is that lanes are easily moved outside the lane by EA when you look at the Project Browser. Sometimes it is also difficult to move a lane at the right place on the diagram.

I tried various combinations by enabling/disabling Dockable on the Pool & Lane, and I can't find any suitable one.

Any thoughts to share? Could an improvement be carried by Sparx to make this easier?
Note : I've made sure that lanes are properly resized to fit within the pool


General Board / Win 7 64 bit : ODBC error to access the DB
« on: July 08, 2013, 10:33:13 pm »

I need to access a shared MySQL database via ODBC from EA using a 64 bit Win7 PC.
I followed the instructions on

I'm getting the following error when using the connection wizard : "The specified DSN contains an architecture mismatch between the Driver and the Application".

Is there any solution?


Note : I already tried running C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe

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