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General Board / View shortcut connection string
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:15:12 pm »

I created a shortcut eap file sometime ago that connects to our SQL Server repository. I need to check the connection string being used. Is there a way to check a shortcuts connection string ?



General Board / HTML Model document
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:52:27 am »

When i generate an HTML Model Document it appears that the top level "Package" in the generated project browser (ie toc iframe to the left of the browser) always has the name of "Project". I can see that this is defined in js/data/root.xml, but i want to set this within Sparx so that the name is something specific (ie "My Process Model"). Is there a value i can set against my <<master document>> package or the contained <<model document>>> class in order to set a default value for the root of the toc ?



General Board / BPMN Simulation
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:15:57 am »

When running a (BPMN) simulation is it possible to access tagged values associated with an activity. Can this be done using the default simulation approach - which appears to interpret code found in the 'behaviour' tab of diagram elements (?) - in which case can i reference a taged value within as this code is being interpreted ? Whats the syntax ? If it can't be done using this default approach - can it be done using a custom script ?

Either way are there any examples/documents the explain how ? The similation example attached to the recent sparx video on the topic doesn't have this sort of detail....



General Board / RTF templates...
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:47:50 am »

Is it possible (using 9.3) to add the name of the root package selected to the title page of an rtf document, followed by a contents page and then a section for each package (including the root package) ? Seems like a fairly typical requirment - but i can't see an obvious way to do this using the rtf report generator....

Any pointer appreciated.



General Board / Tagged values...
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:50:58 am »

I've defined the following in a umlprofile section of an MDG file. I can create "Project" classes and the tagged value is added as expected. However i don't get a calendar when i click on the tagged value (as i'd expect/want), just free text (string).

Any idea why ????

<Stereotype name="Project" metatype="Project" notes="" cx="90" cy="70" strictness="profile">

<Apply type="Class">
  <Property name="_Tag" value="1"/>
<Tag name="dateRequested" type="DateTime" description="Date of request" unit="" values="" default=""/>

General Board / Invocation of an Activity on a BPMN diagram
« on: November 23, 2012, 12:20:30 am »

We need to cater for a situion where a given bpmn activity may be executed in multiple regions and each region will have different data in tagged values.

On the face of it we can cater for this by adding a base bpmn Activity to a default/gold standard process diagram, then creating a new diagram for each region and adding an "Invocation" of the activity to these regional diagrams and updating the tagged values as required.

This all works fine, with one small problem. The shapescript associated with the BPMN Activity in the bpmn mdg file is not applied to the Invocation of the Activity, the "Action".

I've tried editing the AppliesTo section in the MDG file to add an Apply type=Action" section...but to no effect.

Anyone got any suggestions ? Is the requirement/question clear ?

Appreciate any help,


General Board / Stereotype on diagram properties
« on: November 08, 2012, 05:17:17 am »

How can i define a list of stereotypes to appear on a diagram's property sheet ???



General Board / Working with multiple versions of a model
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:12:46 pm »

I need some best practice advice. We have a large user base of business process modellers. We took the decision to only use a centralised db and built in baselines for our model (as most modellers struggled with the concept of integrated version control and the additional managment steps in entails).

We have a small subset of modellers that need to work on multiple versions of the model. As we use baselines to create versions - this is straight forward. They just baseline their current work and select a previous baseline to work on. The problem is that because we are using a shared db - all users then see the selected baseline. Most users actually want to keep working with the current version.

I did think of setting up version control for the small subset that want to view multiple versions - the problem is that version control flags/data are stored in the shared db - so all users will be asked to configure version control when they connect to the shared model- is there a way around this ?

Any other suggestions / workarounds much appreciated ???



General Board / Auditing
« on: June 25, 2012, 10:54:10 pm »

I need to figure out which users have been logging into our sparx instance over the last 30 days. We are using a shared SQL server on the back end - but all users are connecting using the same credentials - via some active server magic.

So is there an audit option in Sparx that will record user log ins?



General Board / SQL query to get baseline names
« on: May 25, 2012, 09:23:41 pm »

Does anyone know if the name of baselines is stored in the database and can be queried via SQL ? If so which table contains the baseline name ?



General Board / Make Composite - change default behaviour
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:58:56 pm »
Hi All,

Anyone know if its possible via an MDG (or any other means) to change the default behaviour when a user select Advanced -> Make Composite ?

Currently Sparxs will create a *child* diagram under the selected element. I'd like Sparx to create a new package within the package containing the element and add the diagram to this package.



General Board / Retroactively apply Project Templates package
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:22:32 pm »
Is it possible to retroactively apply a project template package to existing diagrams ? Defined colours etc get picked up on new diagrams, but not existing diagrams - we would like to apply changes to existing diagrams...

General Board / BPMN1.1 to BPMN2.0 migration
« on: January 20, 2012, 02:00:09 am »
Hi All,

When you run the BPMN1.1 to v2 migration it looks like you are left with SubProcessType under the old 1.1 profile for Activities - why ?

Also the migrated tagged values now in the v2 profile against activities (or events, decisions etc) don't appear in compartments. If you create a BPMN v2 element from the v2 palette they do ?

I'm assuming there is something missing in the migration function - can Sparx look at this or suggest a workround ?



General Board / Tagged Values - t_objectproperties
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:47:49 am »
Hi All,

Can someone (from Sparx?) explain how the ea_guid is populated in the t_objectproperties table?

The reason i ask is that we created a BPMN profile, based upon the standard BPMN1.1 profile (minus some elements we didn't want our users to use). We now want to upgrade to BPMN v2.

The Sparx migration script doesn't work. Not suprised as i've change the profile name from BPMN1.1 to DBBPMN1.1. So i've run the following sql:

update t_xref set description = REPLACE (cast(description as nvarchar (max)), 'DBBPMN', 'BPMN')where description like '%DBBPMN%';
update t_diagram set StyleEx = REPLACE (cast(StyleEx as nvarchar (max)), 'DBBPMN', 'BPMN')where StyleEx like '%DBBPMN%';

The migration script now starts but crashes Sparx when it hits the migration of tagged values. If i delete all tagged values from t_objectproperties and re-run the migration script is fine.

Some digging suggests that the ea_guid in t_objectproperties is a combination of the type of tagged values internal ID and something else...i understand that the internal id would relate to our version of the BPMN profile (DBBPMN profile) so i need to update the ea_guid before the migration script will run...just need to understand how to update...

Any hints / pointers much appreciated.



General Board / Help with version control (with svn)
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:48:56 pm »
Hi All,

I've been asked to put a PoC together to show how version control works with Sparx. Pretty straight forward, all setup and working - but...i need to check with you gurus how branching works with Sparx.

Am i correct in thinking that Sparx itself cannot be used to create a branch. You need to create it in svn, then use Sparx to export from your trunk. Reconfigure your Sparx svn connection to point to the branch and import - work on your branch then at a later date export from Sparx - re-configure your svn in Sparx (or use the original eap) to point to the trunk (get all latest) and use baseline compare to your branch export to merge branch back into trunk as required ?

Unless i'm missing something - it doesn't look to me that i can do branching / merging seamlessly within a single Sparx project ?

Any help / pointers etc much appreciated,



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