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General Board / Sparxsystems EA and Naked Objects Integration
« on: February 09, 2016, 06:39:05 am »
I found a framework called Naked Objects and would like to integrate this with EA. Has anyone tried to do this with Sparxsystems or any other case tool.

Suggestions and Requests / Android Tablet Version of EA
« on: May 21, 2011, 07:35:07 am »
I develop mind maps (as conceptual models) in an easy to use tool on an Android (CyanogenMod 7.3) based Tablet.

This application instead of filling a void makes me miss the EA modeling environment. So, when am I getting EA on my Android Tablet? I bet very soon.


Dear all,

I came across Keith Short's (Microsoft) blog on the Whitehorse Class Designer and Domain Specific Language.

Has anyone tested the Class Designer? I'd be interested in finding out how this environment delivers improved productivity over a tool like EA.

I appreciate all comments.


Suggestions and Requests / Lossless Import of Spreadsheet Data Models
« on: August 29, 2009, 07:38:36 pm »

There is a requirement for the existing spreadsheet import capability of Sparxsystems EA to be extended to import classes, attributes and relationship elements established.

There is an increased need for data standardisation to support information interoperability within and between organizations. Organisations that operate in global markets are participating in data standatds definition efforts.

Because of the diversity of organizations participating in these efforts, business analysis of data is often done in spreadsheets (see the data definition spreadsheets for UBL, UN/CEFACT and many others). The spreadsheet is seen as the common denominator between the affluent and financially constrained participants.

I am aware of Sparxsystems efforts to provide free development licences for some standards development efforts (which of course promotes EA).  Sparxsystems must go beyond merely seeking to, promote its interests. Urgently required are solutions that help to resolve existing problems encountered within and outside these standards groups.

There is therefore a need for EA support for the lossless import/export of data definitions (class definitions, attribute definitions and relationships) from spreadsheets.

I have also looked at the templates shipped with EA, it is also a good idea to seek to understand the nature of reports required by these classes of users and deliver some templates based on these requirements. For example, I recently struggled to create a standard domain business rules report which is based on the roles, constraints and associations in a concept model.


Suggestions and Requests / Sparx MODAF-DODAF MDG Add-In
« on: September 17, 2009, 08:03:45 am »
Could any Sparxian confirm the next release date of the MODAF-DODAF Add-In that would be compatible with release 1.2 of MODAF and 2.0 of DoDAF?



Suggestions and Requests / Document generation from class diagram subset
« on: September 15, 2009, 12:15:10 am »
I have created classes to build a hierarchy of business concepts in a package (taxonomy).

I have also created another package in which I am re-using the concepts as copies to create a class diagram.

I would like to create an RTF document based only on the business concepts used in the class diagram by selecting all the elements in the class diagram.

I observed there is no entry for documentation. Is it possible to enable this feature?

In the interim I'd appreciate a workaround, please!

kind regards


The community using above framework would appreciate an upgrade consistent with the current Zachman framework.

When should we expect to see the next version?


Suggestions and Requests / Feature Request - Submit Button
« on: August 31, 2009, 05:40:23 am »
The Submit button on the support feature request page is not working or should I say is not activated to submit feature requests.

Suggestions and Requests / Error Messages - Transformation Editor
« on: August 31, 2009, 05:43:30 am »
Dear all,

The error messages refer to errors on line numbers, a feature which is not activated in the Transformation Editor.

Please, kindly activate this feature or provide a more informative error messages.

Thanks in antitipation.


Suggestions and Requests / Import of Data Model via Excel Spreadsheet
« on: July 17, 2009, 02:55:34 am »
It would be useful if EA has a facility for loading a spreadsheet and mapping columns of the spreadsheet file to EA model elements and import the data to create data models.

I may not complain about the first class support I have obtained from the Sparx support team while using the transformation editor but following my experience, may I suggest that;

1. The Editor is anything but intuitive. The intellisense technology may be a useful feature but it behaves like a poorly designed pick-list

2. The support documentation is sparse with few useful examples.

3. The interpreter apparently does not like some combinations of symbols and when there is an error, the message is meaningless.

Given that this is the first place a user will go to in an attempt to customise the behaviour of the transformation engine, may I suggest a directed improvement of the Editor and related documentation


Suggestions and Requests / UML Based Web Application Generation
« on: March 03, 2009, 09:37:22 am »
Sparxsystem currently has implemented a UML Web Application Profile developed by Conallen. The problem is that they have not provided transformation HTML, ASP or JSF.

Rational Rose did have a transformation routine for this feature (ASP to be precise) 6 years ago. Since then, the domain of Web Application Modeling and Design has moved on with more enhanced UML Profiles like UWE ( implemented in tools like ArgoUWE (based on ArgoUML) and MagicUWE (based on MagicDraw). The Metamodel is published on the project site.
IBM sponsored a project that delivered a UWE application modelling and transformation capability (model-to-model & model-to-text) using QVT in Eclipse for the Rational Software Architect.

Sparxsystem would reduce my tim-to-market, if this feature is delivered in EA.

Suggestions and Requests / EA & Web Application Support - JSP & ASP
« on: January 31, 2009, 06:04:09 am »
Great thanks to the Sparx team for the Archimate profile. The Strategy modelling is also cool. Is the strategy modeling profile based on the OMG BMM UML Profile or on the StratML schema?

EA has supported the modeling of web applications based on the UML Profile developed by Jim Conallen since the early versions.
The web modeling objects supported include JSP and ASP among others.

Please, kindly advise if the new code generation engines of version 7.5 will direcly support generation of JSP and if not, what can I do to use the EA 7.5 to generate JSP applications?

Can I generate an Access database schema (tables etc) via the ODBC interface using the EA 7.5?

kind regards


Suggestions and Requests / Access database ODBC direct forward engineering
« on: December 23, 2008, 04:23:19 am »
Dear all,

I have developed a data model and I would like to connect to an Access database via ODBC and generate the database tables directly.
I would like to do incremental updates/changes to the database directly from the model (must be kept in synch).

In release 834 of EA, support for Access 2007 is claimed. I am not sure if above feature as described is covered.

I can achieve this objective in Erwin but unfortunately, Erwin (3.5) does not read XMI.

kind regards


Suggestions and Requests / XML Round-Trip Engineering Feature Request
« on: April 08, 2007, 03:39:16 am »
This is a feature request for round-trip engineering support for w3c XML Schema (support for RDF will be appreciated) in EA. Metadata development is increasingly becoming important in the semantic interoperability area.

We need to model, design and generate XML Schema from UML diagrams and generate documents, validate the documents in EA's in-built editor. We also need to re-use multiple imported International standards vocabulary including Open Travel, UNCEFACT CCTS, OAGIS and UBL among others. This is currently achievable in EA for other languages like Java.

Altova curently provides the free AltovaXML engine which may be licensed and used to add required support for XML in EA.

If anyone has achieved using the free altovaXML within EA, I'd like to know.

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