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Suggestions and Requests / Traceability: show stereotypes
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:42:25 pm »
Hi!

The traceability window is a very handy little tool but it uses its own connector labels, which can be confusing and sometimes downright misleading.

Consider for instance two components, where one has a «use» and the other an «abstraction» connector to the same interface.
Both these relationships will be reported as "needed by", since they are stereotyped dependencies. In the «use» case this might be permissible, but «abstraction» is quite a different kettle of barramundi.

This would be resolved if the connector stereotypes were shown, as in "needed by («use»)" and "needed by («abstraction»)". This solution will also work for third-party profiles, which an effort to come up with separate descriptions for all UML connector types would not.

Any takers?

Cheers,


/Uffe

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Suggestions and Requests / Link Note to connector note
« on: May 05, 2012, 12:58:04 am »
Hey hi ho,

I can create a Note and link it to an Element Note.
I can create a Note and link it to a Connector Tag.
Is there a particular reason why I can't create a Note and link it to a Connector Note?

Only it'd be really really useful.
As I'm sure you'll all agree....... Right? :)


/Uffe

153
Suggestions and Requests / Float diagrams from project browser
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:55:05 pm »
Hi all,


With today's panta rei EA it'd be really nice to be able to open a new floating diagram directly from the project browser with drag-and-drop.

The scenario is this:
I've got the project browser floating on its own, with the EA main window somewhere on a different screen. I want to open a diagram, so I double-click it.
The diagram opens, but in the main window. I have to find that and drag the diagram off from there to get it to where I'm working.

What I'd like is to be able to drag the diagram off the project browser, drop it on the desktop and have it float there - same as the behaviour when dragging it from the main window diagram area.

Any takers?

Cheers,


/Uffe

154
Suggestions and Requests / Project name in floating windows
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:59:43 pm »
Helluuurrrr,

If you're combining floating windows with multiple EA sessions you get headaches, especially if you don't have enough 30" screens.

Could we get an option to display the EA project name in the title bars of floating windows? Exactly the same as in the main window, in other words.

Who's with me?


/Uffe

155
... please?

/Uffe

156
Suggestions and Requests / Separate toolbars for floating diagrams
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:45:34 am »
Hi all,

It would be really useful if the diagram toolbar (not the toolbox) could be included in each floating diagram.
At present, you have to click inside the diagram to give it focus and then click the toolbar button, which may be far away on the desktop.

An option in the Customize menu to control whether the diagram toolbar should be per-diagram or not would be acceptable, but I'd be just as happy with having the toolbar moved to the individual diagrams.

Thoughts?


/Uffe

157
Suggestions and Requests / Request: EA_OnPreChange events
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:16:00 am »
Hi!

In an Add-In, to stop the modeller from modelling incorrectly, you can catch EA_OnPreNew and EA_OnPreDelete events.
At the moment, however, there are no EA_OnPreChange events. These are also needed if the Add-In is to have a fighting chance to maintain model integrity.

Looking at the existing EA_OnPre events, I would rank the change events in order of priority thus:
EA_OnPreChangeElement
EA_OnPreChangeConnector
EA_OnPreChangePackage
EA_OnPreChangeAttribute
EA_OnPreChangeMethod
EA_OnPreChangeDiagram
EA_OnPreChangeDiagramObject
EA_OnPreChangeGlossaryTerm

Anyone else?

Cheers,


/Uffe

158
Suggestions and Requests / Diagram / Baseline Compare: Connectors
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:39:57 am »
Hey hi there,

The new diagram / baseline compare is beautiful, but it only shows changes to elements.
I would like to be able to see changes to connectors as well; added, removed and rerouted.

Anyone else?

Cheers,

/Uffe

159
Hello everybody,


When working with a Project Glossary I come up against a limitation which I find a little bit annoying: I can't create two entries for the same term.
This is by design: the term is highlighted whenever it appears in a Note, and Ctrl-click takes you to its definition. Fine so far - except sometimes you would like to create alternative definitions for the same term, if for instance you are working with several disciplines (eg analysis and design) in the same project.

Each glossary entry has a Type, which could be used to achieve this. However, the type column in the t_glossary table is non-key.
If the type column was instead made key, the unique identifier would be the combination of term and type.
This would require some behaviour changes when there was an ambiguous definition: EA would have to indicate this in the tooltip, and the Ctrl-click would need to show a list of possible definitions.

I think it would be worth it in larger projects, and I don't think it would negatively affect current usage as a single-definition term would continue to evoke the same EA behaviour.

Comments?


Cheers,

/Uffe

160
Suggestions and Requests / Search results to diagram
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:51:15 am »
Hi again!


This would be very useful in many situations:
Add to the Model Search result context menu "Add Selected to Diagram."
This would bring up a browser, allowing you to select an existing diagram, or specify a location and a diagram type for EA to create a new one.

EA would then add all selected search results to the diagram.
Availability should follow the same rules as the Find menu items, ie it should be available when EA can determine the element type and identity.

Whacha think - useful?


Cheers,

/Uffe

161
Suggestions and Requests / Project Hyperlinks
« on: January 04, 2012, 08:29:27 pm »
Hey guys,


Well maybe I'm a complete idiot, but:

In medium-to-large EA deployments I usually recommend my clients to set up links between related projects, and typically to establish one central project whose sole purpose is to link to all the others (kind of like a home page).

The way we do this is by creating Hyperlinks to files which are .EAP shortcuts (which in turn are simply text files containing an EAConnectString).
The problem with these is that they only work if you have access to the file (server) where they are located, which in larger installations is not always the case even if you have access to the database holding the project. Think WANs, think intranets, think external consultants, you know the tune.

Now you can also create an EA Command Hyperlink which holds a FileOpen command - but that only pops up the Open dialog, it doesn't allow you to specify an EAConnectString.

That, simply put, is what I would like: the ability to create EAConnectString hyperlinks.
They should ideally be proper model elements rather than just diagram objects, like linked documents, but I'll take them as Hyperlinks if that's all I can get.  ;)

Or am I in fact an idiot and is there already a simple, one-click procedure to achieve this without going through an external file?

Cheers,


/Uffe

162
Suggestions and Requests / Diagram Filters: Filter on Tagged Value
« on: April 07, 2010, 07:29:36 pm »
Hi!


Diagram Filters - sooo cool!

Now can I get the option to filter based on tag and value please?
Ie, tag named X contains/equals/etc value Y.
I'd accept a "hacky" way of entering it into the Diagram Filter dialog, eg "NAME=X,VAL=Y" in the dialog's Value column. Initially. ;)

I would also like filters for
  • Lock Status (Locked/Unlocked; disabled if security not enabled)
  • Baseline Version (contains/equals/etc)
  • Version Control Status (controlled/not controlled/checked-in/etc
Thanks!


/Uffe

163
Suggestions and Requests / Search Results to Excel
« on: April 27, 2010, 05:51:55 pm »
Hi!

I'd like the option of shifting the results of a Model Search to Excel, either by exporting them as a CSV file, or by copying them into the clipboard in CSV format.

Cheers,

/Uffe

164
Suggestions and Requests / Edit: Copy Name
« on: April 09, 2010, 06:16:27 pm »
Hi!


I'd like an item added to the Edit Menu: Copy Name. This copies the name of the selected element (or connector, or feature) into the clipboard.
Normally, you can do this by F2 - Ctrl-C - Esc (edit name, copy, cancel edit); however, if the element is locked editing is prohibited.

And please don't tell me not to use such long element names that I can't type them in somewhere else. *I* know that. It's these other bozos... ;D

Cheers,


/Uffe

165
Suggestions and Requests / New Baseline: Set Package Version
« on: April 09, 2010, 06:36:37 pm »
Hi!


When I create a new Baseline, I would really really REALLY like the option of automatically setting the package's Version to whatever version identity I select for the new baseline.

Cheers,


/Uffe

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