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General Board / SysML allocated note
« on: June 06, 2016, 08:29:39 pm »
Looking at SysML allocation features, I'm trying to use the "allocated" stereotyped note as described in EA help here:

I can create an "allocate" stereotyped dependency between elements, and get the allocatedto/from compartment displayed on a block as per the help page.

However when I create the Allocated note and associate with an allocated dependency, nothing shows up. I'd expect it allocatedFrom and allocatedTo tagged values to be populated accordingly and shown on the diagram.
I also tried to associate it with 2 elements e.g. an Activity and a Block.

Any hint on using this note?


Bugs and Issues / SysML flow port direction on a Block's part in IBD
« on: June 02, 2016, 12:29:49 am »
Working on a SysML 1.2 IBD, I added the properties and references of my block. I used the structural elements menu to add all owned : created flow ports don't have the right Direction set in the corresponding tagged value (e.g. "in" for input set in the BDD becomes "inout").



Working on SysML Blocks, I'd find very useful being able to copy and paste as new ports so I don't have e.g. on flow ports to set the direction TV and classifier each time.

General Board / SysML requirements, block compartments
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:25:54 pm »

I have the following questions on SysML support/behaviour in EA 12.1:

1- I tested SysML Requirement extensions such as Physical, Interface, Performance -> on diagrams, the stereotype cannot be shown so there's no way to check its type ; could this be added in the future? Also I think it would be good to add a priority in the Tagged Value as it's not possible to show elements' priority on a diagram

2- When I add attributes in the SysML Block, I'd expect it to be displayed in a Values compartment (according to SysML spec). Should I understand that in EA an unnamed compartment with attributes matches the Values (and same with operations & Operations compartment).

3- A property typed by a SysML Block that has composite aggregation is a Part and should be shown in a parts compartment. EA shows it in a Property compartment. Should I understand this matches decisions on how this has been implemented by Sparx?

4- Parts multiplicity don't show in the property compartment. Is there any way to enable it?


Bugs and Issues / Diagram List View and SysML Memo content
« on: June 01, 2016, 07:50:28 pm »

I'm working on a SysML Requirements diagram using Sparx SysML 1.4 profile.
Switching to the list view, I need to display the requirements'  description that stored in the text SysML 1.4 Tagged Value in this table.
The List View does not show the content of a tagged value with a memo type.

It works ok in the Specification Manager but this feature doesn't let you order results, and it only works on a package content.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / MDG installation
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:06:36 pm »

I'm defining for a client an MDG that includes a UML profile, custom searches, and a model template (model wizard).
I'm getting 2 XML files: the MDG and the model template XMI export. I found that the latter must be copied to C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\EA\ModelPatterns so it can be picked up.

As a result, it appears more suitable to provide this MDG via a Windows Installation file. I noticed that some MDG are available with an installation file (e.g. CORBA from Sparx). Is there any documentation on this on Sparx or anywhere else?


General Board / Hide association multiplicities in a diagram
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:47:36 pm »

I got a query from EA users on something rather simple, yet I cannot find a matching property.
They have class diagrams that don't show multiplicities on associations between classes. I was expecting a matching option in the diagram properties, yet I cannot find such one.

Any hint?

General Board / Offline work with DBMS shared projects
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:02:32 pm »

We run a central EA project on a MySQL with the Security enabled.
As I had to work offline whilst travelling and during an offsite workshop on the EA project, I took an offline copy (DBMS to EAP Project transfert) after creating a user lock on my packages/models.

I'm planning to merge my changes by using the Baseline comparison feature between my EAP and the DBMS EA project. I will run backups before doing this (DB + new transfert to EAP), but prior to discover any potential issues, would anyone see any reason from preventing applying this method?

Note that I've modified not only elements within the same package, but also relationships e.g. between requirements & use cases that are located in separated yet locked packages.


Suggestions and Requests / Image manager improvement
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:13:53 pm »
One of our client is struggling with the management of images within their EA projects.
Even when images have been renamed, it is difficult to manage them when you have over 100/200.

It would be useful to improve the Image Manager e.g. with the following:
- add types or categories to group images (e.g. similar to the glossary)
- add a search on image names
- have the ability to generate an XML Reference Data file with a selection of images (not all)
- when copying a package from an EA project to another one, it would be good to select the image we want to keep in the target EA project (or merge with an existing image in the target project)

General Board / MariaDB ODBC settings
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:24:13 am »

We use a MariaDB to store an EA project. Where MySQL ODBC driver works ok, I was wondering if anyone had tested the MariaDB ODBC driver.
I ran a simple test and I'm getting an Invalid Data Source... Check configuration error.

Any recommandation from Sparx?


Suggestions and Requests / EA12.1 windows help file
« on: March 11, 2016, 07:26:50 pm »

Since version 12.1, EA help is published in the web format. Whilst it lets you have access to an up to date version from Sparx website, the search feature is not as convenient as before.
The local version is a local copy of the web site.

Would it be possible to have the option to download a windows help file (CHM) so users can have this interface?


General Board / Default data type in a new Code Eng. Language?
« on: March 11, 2016, 03:04:19 am »
We defined a custom Programming Language via the Code Engineering Data Type feature; a new Product Name "test" has been defined with a number of Data Type e.g. Integer, String, Bool...
When I create a class with Language = test, I have the associated list of Data Type in my attributes window.

However when I add an attribute without selecting the data type, I always get "int" as the default data type which does not belong to my Product.
With built-in languages, there is a working default data type.

I exported the Model Data Types as a reference data and looked at the XML, but couldn't find any property to set a Data Type as default.

Any hint?
Also, how do I delete a Product I no longer need?


Suggestions and Requests / Resize a virtualized connector
« on: March 08, 2016, 03:14:01 am »
I used the Virtualized connector ends in a class diagram and noticed that the virtual representation has the same width as the virtualized element. Would it be possible to add a feature so these can be resized in width (and height if possible)?
It would be nice also to be able to change the background and line colors.


I'm working on an addin for the  Schema Composer and installed a few to test. I noticed that only one is visible in the Schema Set drop down when creating a new Schema Profile.
I couldn't see my addin in the list so I uninstalled an existing custom Schema Addin which fixed the issue.

It looks like a bug to me.

Bugs and Issues / UML Collaboration diagram modified order after edit
« on: February 13, 2016, 01:57:31 am »

I created a UML collaboration diagram with around 20 messages exchanged between 8 objects.
I defined a specific order using the "Sequence Communication Messages" window.

When I add a new message and move it in the appropriate order, the order of existing messages get mixed up. This requires me to review and amend the order accordingly.

I'm using the latest build of EA 12.1


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