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General Board / DDL with an association class
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:32:58 pm »

I'm using an association class (e.g. similar to EA help example : Employee and Company classes with an association class : Job), which I'm trying to generate a DDL for (database relational model).

If I have a many to many multiplicity between Employee & Company, EA generates a JoinEmployeeToCompany table with 2 foreign keys. The Job table is generated but is not associated with any other table.

I'm a bit confused with the DDL generation rules - if anyone has some info on this subject


General Board / Diagram Filters : source/target for connectors?
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:14:24 pm »

I've used diagram filters to easily hide dependency connectors between interfaces on a component diagram.
So I created a connector filter with ConnectorType Not Equals Dependency.
But I have other dependency connector on my diagram (not between 2 interfaces) that I need to keep on the diagram.
Would it be possible in the future for Sparx to add Source and Target fields to filter on ? e.g. I would need to be able to set sourcetype Equals interface and targettype Equald interface.


General Board / Sequence notes aren't formatted
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:21:18 pm »

I sometimes find useful enabling the sequence notes on Seq. diagrams so that an explanation appears next to each message.
Only downside is that it tends to looks messy or difficult to read so I wanted to apply a colour code e.g. use a different colour for returned messages.

Unfortunately notes aren't rendered with any format that may be applied in the messages' notes.

Any option I haven't enabled, or does it sound like a feature request?


General Board / Install EA on Oracle DB repository : patch
« on: August 10, 2012, 06:20:06 pm »

We're trying to set up an EA project on an Oracle Express DBMS.
I used the files and instructions from :
The file OracleScriptUpdatePatch.xml is available to download and contains a number of updates to apply on tables and columns --> however the instructions do not describe what to do with this.

Anyone know if this is mandatory after instructions on are followed so it'll work fine?
How can we apply this patch under Oracle?


General Board / Transition properties view?
« on: July 11, 2012, 04:46:50 pm »

After I've enabled the Element Properties view in EA, it properly shows the properties when I click on an element from a diagram (e.g. a class).
I'd like to do the same with a transition/association so I could easily update the alias without having to double click on the association.

It there any way to achieve this?


General Board / Multiple selection on associations
« on: June 05, 2012, 12:05:52 am »

Is it possible to select multiple associations/connectors from a diagram to apply a style (e.g. change the line colour, apply the Lateral Vertical line style, etc.)?
Here is a recurring issue I'd like to sort : working on a activity diagram with control & object flows, I need to change the line colour for all object flows that write to an object (source = activity, destination = object). I'd like to select all control flows instead of the elements e.g. with a toggle select elements vs select connectors.

Is this possible or does it sound like a feature request?


General Board / Interfaces and Ports in SysML
« on: April 20, 2012, 05:10:24 pm »

I set up in my BDD my main block with a number of ports and provided/required interfaces selected from a separate model that contains all interfaces.

This follows well SysML specs, but I face an issue as far as the tool is concerned when using sequence diagrams.
If I create an instance of the block on a sequence diagram, operations aren't available since they're defined in the interface provided by port.
I displayed the embedded elements (Port + Interface) but
1. it doesn't render things properly (3 lifelines under the block!)
2. I'd rather have all operations available directly from my block

I therefore have to manually realise each interface from my block which isn't ideal.
Has anyone experienced this and could suggest an alternative?


General Board / copy/paste a sequence diagram
« on: April 20, 2012, 05:04:14 pm »

I'm creating a number of scenarios for a use case through sequence diagrams (main path, alternatives...)
It would save me a lot of time if I could duplicate sequence diagrams but this is not well handled in EA.
I tested a copy/paste of a package that contained my SD + instances but messages were lost in the copy.

Obviously copy everything from the seq diagram and paste into a new diagram doesn't work

Is there a way round?

General Board / DDL : define attribute types mapping rules
« on: April 03, 2012, 04:56:40 pm »

I have a UML class diagram that I use to generate my DDL (e.g. in MySQL). I'd like to define custom rules to map class attribute types (including custom ones) to data types in MySQL

e.g. map String to nvarchar(255), map int to INTEGER, map largeint to BIGINT, etc.
This way I can reduce the amount of amendments on my DDL diagram once it's been generated from the class diagram.


General Board / Create a model pattern
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:53:32 pm »

I'd like to list in my EA a model pattern that matches an EAP project I created to be used as a template.
I know I could use the copy base project, but how can I get it listed in the Model Patterns set up by Sparx?

I tried creating an MDG but it doesn't seem to include the project structure


General Board / EA 9.3 : GOF Patterns gone
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:02:33 pm »

GOF patterns are no longer available under the resources tab in EA 9.3.
This appears to be a bug. In the meantime do we just need to run an XMI export from a former version of EA?


General Board / Check in bug in 9.2 when cancelling the comments
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:18:28 pm »
I've experienced a bug with EA 9.2.921 which doesn't exist in v7.5 when sharing an EA model through an SVn respository.

Procedure to follow :
- run a check out on a controlled package
- run a check in on this package and once EA prompt the comment dialog window (info to be written in the SVN logs), click on cancel

The lock on the XMI file remains in SVN but EA no longer lets your run any check in (even though the package doesn't have any key/lock shown in the package explorer).
you have to cancel the lock on the SVN repository to run a check in again.

I haven't got this issue with EA 7.5 so it appears to be a bug.

General Board / Rational Rose profile correspondance in EA?
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:00:49 am »

A colleague used to use profiles in Rational Rose and is looking to do the same with EA.
Basically, each profile will define how UML elements such as classes will be shown on diagrams.
For a business analyst, you may want to show a class  with attributes only (no operations), for a dev the list of operations including signature, etc, and for a third profile the list of operations without the signature.

Is that possible with EA?


General Board / Transitions between States linked with Activities
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:49:17 pm »

On a statechart diagram, is there a way to associate a transition with an activity or a use case in the model?
Let's say that you have states of your system defined in a diagram, and you would like to show the effect of your use cases on the system.

This way you could also trace the effect of a given use case onto a selected statechart


General Board / Reverse code engineering : ssprofiler75 crash
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:49:18 am »

I'm trying to run via the Execution Analyser a workbench instance of a class (imported from C# src code). I'm getting an SSProfiler75.exe error which appears to be EA reverse engineering application.

I only found the following page mentioning this app :

Issue: When attempting to Debug or Profile an application the Debugger/Profiler crashes
Solution: Ensure that SSampler and SSProfiler75 have WinXP as their windows version.

Any idea how can I overcome this issue? I'm running EA v9.2 on Windows 7.


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