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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.


General Board / Use case structured scenarios : activity name
« on: December 16, 2011, 11:25:19 pm »

I created my scenario in a use case, detailling each step though the structured scenario tab. I then generate the activity diagram (which I update/synchronise as I update the scenario, so far so good .
Only down side is that I have to manually rename the name of the activity generate since the name used is meaningless. Instead could EA be tweaked so the activity and the activity diagram are named after the scenario? This would be useful as we specify more and more scenarios under a use case.

Should it be logged as a feature request?


General Board / Components, ports, interfaces & operations on SD
« on: December 15, 2011, 12:18:03 am »

I have a number of components that have several ports, which expose interfaces (themselves having operations defined)
When I put a component onto a sequence diagram, I've got show the embedded elements (ports & interfaces) so I can get the list of available operations.
Problem is that the diagram gets too crowded for the taste of my client, so I'd like to know if there's any way to get all operations that are exposed throughout all interfaces provided by the component on the component itself (without having to define the operation directly onto the component).
In other words, can I make a component inherit from the embedded elements' operations on a SD?


General Board / Reference data and SVN
« on: November 23, 2011, 11:54:40 pm »

Setting up version control for an EA project using SVN often leads to a recurring question about the .EAP file
Currently we shared via XMI files all model elements, packages, and diagrams.
But as far as images, templates, glossary, matrix profiles, audit, and other reference data are concerned, these are stored in the EAP file so one 'ugly' way to apply is to share the EAP other SVN (not ideal since it's a binary file)

Since EA lets us export reference data as XMI, we could alternatively share reference data via XMI exports.

My question is : could or does EA (in recent version) allow to share reference data over XMI files like it knows how to do it with packages/elements/diagram.
A few examples of nice to have features :
- if you want to copy an image, you could via the Resources View run a Check Out on the Images resource to update its content (images could be split over packages like your models) > updating the images on SVN will require an SVN update
- if you want to update the glossary, you could run a check out, etc.


General Board / Components & services model + Physical model
« on: November 10, 2011, 08:44:46 pm »

I defined a components model that stores a number of components
Each component has a number of ports and exposed interfaces
Each interface has a number of operations defined

I need to create a physical model to show a number of servers that will contain some components. Two separate servers can realize the same component : the need is to show all the interfaces that are already defined and maintained in the components model
I tried to use the deployment diagram but the same component cannot be copied twice. If I create a UML part, I cannot show all interfaces on the diagram (only the ports can be show via the embedded elements)
Has anyone got any advice on how to model this? Should I use a component diagram to represent the servers?


General Board / Show all inherited embedded elements ?
« on: November 12, 2011, 01:54:32 am »

I created a set of components with ports and required/provided interfaces in one model.
I needed to allocate these software components onto 'physical components' (e.g. a server) - to do so, I created an instance of the software component under the physical component.
When I instanciate a component and choose to include all embedded elements, all ports & interfaces are shown.
If I update a port or interface, it gets updated fine
BUT if I create a new port, it doesn't show and I have to manually show it

Is there a way to show all embedded elements on a selected object?

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