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Bugs and Issues / BUG: Getlatest not working when using EA security
« on: October 09, 2009, 07:23:16 pm »

We use the security feature in EA with the option "Require user lock to edit" option.
Recently I've controlled a part of the model in TFS.
One of the issues is that I can't do a "getLatest" because the package I try it on is not "locked" by me.
I also cannot lock the package since that option is greyed out when controlling a package in TFS.
The only option I have to get the latest version is to do a checkout, and then an "undo checkout".
EA should allow a getLatest on packages who are not locked by me.

Steps to reproduce:
- Setup EA using security and the option "Require user lock to edit"
- Control a package in TFS (or another VC I guess)
- Make sure the package is checked-in, and the lock are released.
- Select option "Package Control/Get latest..."
- Notice the error saying that the necessarry security is not available.



Bugs and Issues / BUG: Compare utility broken with nested packages
« on: October 09, 2009, 08:20:37 pm »

Yet another bug regarding version control.
I've setup version control with TFS and used the option "Save nested version controlled packages to stubs only (recommended)"
Then I have controlled all packages in a model tree so that there are controlled nested packages.
Then I tried the option "Package Control/Compare with controlled version" on a package containing controlled subpackages.
This showed me a whole heap of of "Model only" attributes, links, tagged values etc...
When I try a Compare on the individual sub-packages then I don't get any differences.

Steps to reproduce
- Create package (packageA)
- Create package (packageB) as nested package of packageA
- control both packages in TFS (or another vc system I guess) using the option "nested packages as stubs"
- Compare packageA with the controlled version
- Notice all the "model only" differences.

Reported to Sparx


Bugs and Issues / BUG: Relations in XMI export messes up VC
« on: October 09, 2009, 06:57:02 pm »

I've just setup version control with TFS and I've had some issues with relations showing up in the compare utility where they shouldn't.
Apparently EA includes relations in the XMI export even if these relations are owned by other classes/packages then the one being exported.
This really renders the compare utility useless because of all the noise. (not seeing the trees through the forest anymore)

Steps to reproduce:
- Create two packages (PackageA and PackageB) and create a class in each package (ClassA and ClassB)
- Create a diagram in PackageB and add ClassA and ClassB on the diagram
- Draw an association or dependency from ClassB to ClassA setting the sourceRole Non-Navigable and the targetrole navigable.
- Export the packageA to xmi (using the only the same settings as the version control: full EA roundtrip XMI 1.1)
- Open the XMI file and notice that both relations are defined in here.

Reported to Sparx


Bugs and Issues / Constraints deleted when package gets deleted
« on: July 30, 2009, 08:01:44 pm »
I've found a very disturbing bug.
When I add a constraint to a diagram, then move the diagram to another package, and then delete the original package the constraint is deleted as well.
Apparently the constraint is defined as a child element of the package, but it is not shown on in the project browser.
When the parent package of a constraint is deleted the constraint itself is deleted as well, and since I cannot see the constrain in the project browser there is no way to move the constraint to another package before deleting the original package.


I've reported this to Sparx Support.


Bugs and Issues / InformationItem not in list Element/Change Type
« on: July 13, 2009, 09:12:26 pm »
The type "InformationItem" is not in the list that is shown when you select Element/Advanced/Change Type.
This leads to the strange situtation that I can change an InformationItem to a class, but this class cannot be changed back to an be an InformationItem.

Bug submitted to Sparx Support.

Bugs and Issues / Effect on Action does not wrap
« on: September 25, 2009, 10:29:37 pm »
When adding an Effect to an Action the textbox allows multiple lines.
When you check tick the checkbox "Show Effect in Diagram" the whole effect is displayed in one line stretching the Action to ridiculous propertions.
The effect on the diagram should be displayed in multiple lines just as in the tab of Action.

Reported to Sparx.


Bugs and Issues / Error when checking out package from TFS
« on: September 22, 2009, 05:21:16 pm »
Sometimes i get the error:
The current action cannot be completed as the necessary security is not available when checking out a package that is controlled in TFS.
Before it starts I get the dialog asking me to lock the package (as we have security setup with the option "Require user lock to edit"). I confirm that I want to lock the package, but sometimes it seems that there is a race condition where the checkout process begins before the locking is finished.
Trying again to check out a package works, but this is just annoying.
I've reported this to Sparx


Bugs and Issues / Multiselect broken in select<item> dialog
« on: September 08, 2009, 09:50:16 pm »

I defined a tagged value that references a list of operations.
After adding my tagged value to an element I can select the operation with the select<item> dialog.
Multiselect works with Ctrl-select.
My problem now is that I cannot add an operation from another class/interface because opening a class/interface/package deselects wathever was selected and highlights the opened item.
According to the help file this should not happen:
Multiple Selection

Where an operation permits the selection of multiple items, the Select <Item> dialog is automatically enabled to support this. To select the items, press [Ctrl] as you click on each item. Having selected an item, you can continue to expand and browse the hierarchy, and/or search for items; the dialog retains the existing selections until you click on the OK button.
This is really annoying. >:(

I'll report it to Sparx.


Bugs and Issues / New Note already filled in
« on: August 28, 2009, 10:52:51 pm »
When I add a new Note to a diagram it is already filled in.
It has a text and a non-standard color. (red)
Looks like there is some sort of default for new notes, but I don't seem to remember having an option to change the default for notes to include text.
This only happens on one model, for all users, so it is definitely something model based.
Anyone ever experienced the same? (or even better, knows the solution?)



Bugs and Issues / Repository.GetElementSet("",0) results in SQL err
« on: July 31, 2009, 07:42:53 pm »
When I try to get all elements in my model using Repository.getElementSet("",0) I get an SQL server error: "The query processor ran out of internal resources... "
Our model is located on a  SQL server 2008 with 16GB of memory.
The t_object table contains about 45000 rows.
I guess the query used to retrieve these elements is not optimal and SQL server chokes on it.

Bugs and Issues / Error in documentation help (Method)
« on: August 21, 2009, 09:25:22 pm »
In the page about the Method (api reference)
it says
 Read only. An optional ID of an element that 'owns' this diagram; e.g. a Sequence diagram owned by a Use Case.

This seems to be copy/pasted from the diagram documentation

Reported as bug.


Bugs and Issues / GetFormatFromField("RTF",text) add new p
« on: August 11, 2009, 09:25:12 pm »
The Repository.GetFormatFromField() with the parameter RTF is not working correctly.
I have two different strings to convert:
Code: [Select]
Repository.GetFormatFromField("\r\nStringWithNewLine\r\n");results in:
Code: [Select]
"{\\rtf1... (more RTF Codes)... \\saauto1 StringWithNewLine\\par}and
Code: [Select]
Repository.GetFormatFromField("\r\nStringWithoutNewLine");results in
Code: [Select]
"{\\rtf1... (more RTF Codes)... \\saauto1 StringWithoutNewLine\\par}It is this last "\\par" wich is wrongfully added in the GetFormatFromField function.
I will now have to find out first if my string has a newline and the end and if not remove the last "\\par" from the RTF string, pff... just the kind of thing I like   :-/

I'll report this as a bug.


Bugs and Issues / SQL error when element name > 255 characters
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:51:19 pm »
When you change the name of an object to be longer then 255 characters the GUI will allow it but you get an SQL error "string or binary data will be truncated" when it tries to save the element to the database. At first it seems like the name is accepted (the element shows the full name on the diagram) but when it is refreshed the name of the element is not saved to the database and reverts back to the original name (Action1)
The only seems to happen on a DBMS (SQL Server) and not on an Access repository. The latter will not show the error, but truncate the name anyway.

Steps to reproduce:
  • Add a new action (or any other element) to a diagram
  • In the name field paste a name longer then 255 characters
  • Click OK
  • Notice the error "string or binary data will be truncated"
  • Notice that the full name (>255 ch) is displayed on the diagram
  • Doubleclick the action on the diagram
  • Click OK.
  • Notice that the default name ("action1") is displayed.

In my opinion the GUI should validate the length of the name before trying to submit it to the database thus avoiding the technical error.
I'll report this to Sparx in a bug report.


Bugs and Issues / Issue.DateResolved cannot be set to null by api
« on: July 15, 2009, 10:22:06 pm »
When creating an issue through the automation interface
using following code:
Code: [Select]
EA.Issue defect = (EA.Issue)wrappedElement.Issues.AddNew("Defectname","Defect");
           defect.ElementID = parentElement.getID();
the "DateResolved" field is filled in with 0:00:00
This has as effect that in the GUI the date resolved is filled in with "30/12/1899" and the checkbox is checked.
When adding a defect through the GUI the field is left null.
It is however not possible to set the field to null using the API.

I've reported this as a bug to Sparx

Bugs and Issues / InformationItem cannot be used parameter type
« on: April 10, 2009, 05:12:29 pm »
I was trying to use an information item as the type of a parameter and the return type of my operaration. The Application allows me to select the informationItem, but does not retain the information once selected.
Using an InformationItem as type should be allowed as in UML the information item inherits Classifier with inherits Type
The type of the Parameter is of type "Type" so informationItem should be allowed.
Steps to reproduce:
1. Create InformationItem (A)
2. Create operation
3. click on the "..." button to open the "Set Element Classifier" window
4. Select the just created InformationItem and click "OK"
5. Notice that the field "returntype is still empty
for the issue with the parameter type
1. Create InformationItem (A)
2. Create operation
3a. click on the "Edit Parameters" button
3. click on the "..." button to open the "Set Element Classifier" window
4. Select the just created InformationItem and click "OK"
5. notice that the field "Type" is empty

I've sent a bug report to Sparx as well.

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