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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 / Re: how to update model when code updated
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:52:39 pm »
I have a similar issue and hopefully there is a workaround.
Initially, I imported my C# code in EA (Import Source Directory) which worked ok.
It yielded the fact that 3 classes had no namespace defined. Hence the code has been updated via Visual Studio to define the appropriate namespaces.
Once done, I ran "Synchronize Package with Code" ; the 3 classes have been updated but they haven't been moved to the appropriate package to reflect the new namespace. Any clue?


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 / Re: Reference data and SVN
« on: November 30, 2011, 08:45:14 pm »
Hi qwerty,

I agree with you and I dared submitting it as a feature request (we never know, after all it's Xmas in 4 weeks!)


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 / Re: Domain modeling and a dictionary
« on: November 24, 2011, 02:02:48 am »
Hi ,

what you're looking for should be the Glossary.


General Board / Re: Components & services model + Physical model
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:03:47 pm »

That's what I eventually figured out


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?

General Board / EA 9.1 Simulation with statechart
« on: November 04, 2011, 09:08:41 am »

I opened EA Example project to try the simulation tool.
If find it useful with the activity diagram, but the statechart isn't as straightforward.
- the Pedestrian Crossing statechart executes well but it's full of variables and behaviour written for On Entry and On Exit operations, plus these variables are checked on guard conditions.
If I just want to simulate the statechart depending on the event to move from one state to the other, couldn't EA suggest the possible next moves ? Better, could it react depending on operations called against the class and values on the attributes (as these values could be affected by operations' behaviour)
Considering the Operating States statechart, this model doesn't execute this Play is not defined > how can I fix this according to EA's logic? Does I have to On Entry/exit operations?


General Board / Re: Images and Version Control
« on: October 28, 2011, 06:52:16 pm »
If you use a dB like MySQL instead of VC to share your EA project, does it handle automatically in a centralised repository (the DB) all reference data such as images ?

General Board / Model Validation bug?
« on: October 13, 2011, 05:50:21 pm »

I tried EA model validation feature and found a bug (even on v9.1) : in the help, it shows as an example  that if you link a class to an activity, it should yield an error within the results of the Model Validation.

However despite enabling all validation rules, and association a class to an activity and a class to an object, no error is returned by EA.
Only an inheritance on the same class yields an error.

Any clue?
Another point : can it be compared with Doors Analyst check feature?


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