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Messages - Geert Bellekens

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Is there anyone who knows if it is possible to render events assigned to trigger on documents without scripting, and if so how?

I don't think you need scripting, but you will probably need an SQL fragment as previously suggested.


Do you mean you have a tagged value like
"Gender" where you can select "Male" and "Female", and you now want to add an extra choice "X"?

If that is the case you will need to update the tagged value definition.

How to do that depends on where the tagged value has been defined.
It could be
- standalone tagged value definition in the model
- standalone tagged value definition via an MDG
- tagged value defined in a UML profile

With an add-in you can only change the definition of a standalone tagged value.

To do so you will first need to get it tagged value definition by looping EA.Repository.PropertyTypes
Once you find it you can change it's definition and update() it.

You also might need to go over all the existing tagged values to add the missing value as well (I think it's stored in the notes field)


General Board / Re: MDG on V12+++
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:44:22 pm »
PS. Why version 12 now ??? The current version is 14.

Weeeellll -- more like the current version is 13.5 and the upcoming one is 14.

Since the official release of 14 (build 1418) they've been rushing out bugfixes at the rate of one a week, so I'd let things quiet down a bit before I'd call it stable.

Can't argue with that, I've been telling my customers to wait another month or two before upgrading as well.  :-X


General Board / Re: MDG on V12+++
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:09:23 pm »
I don't want to sound condescending, but have you tried searching the help?

I just did a search for "mdg" and the first hit was a page "Manage MDG technologies".

It might be a huge timesaver in the future as EA tends to move menu options around quite a bit with new updates.


PS. Why version 12 now ??? The current version is 14.
That's like upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7  :o

The problem is that the default color is not defined in the shapescript, but in the default appearance for the stereotype element, and that cannot be inherited.


General Board / Re: About Domains
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:41:03 pm »
In UML that would be Datatypes and that is supported by EA.

I'm not sure if/how this is done in the database modelling part.


Bump, any support from sparx? This request is some kind of issue in EA.
Hi Dexterxx

Welcome to this forum.
Please be advised that this is a user forum, and as such you are mainly reaching your fellow EA users.
Although Sparx employees do frequent this forum, and help us out from time to time, this is by no means an official channel to get in touch with Sparx Systems.

You can contact Sparx by entering a feature request or a bug report.

I'm not aware of any such option, so in the mean time you might need to fall back on a xslt or something similar.


My 2c..

You'll be much better off re-creating the Visio diagrams in EA, making sure they follow the internal guidelines and metamodel.

I'd forget about the Visio import. I don't think it's going to speed up anything.


You can download previous versions of EA. It just needs a bit of search. Hide and seek not only in menus...


Previous releases yes, but I don't think you can download previous builds of the same release.


You still have to load the MDG file you created in order to make it active.


General Board / Re: Cannot download my licensed version of EA
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:42:56 pm »
You cannot download anything without a valid username/password.

Best to contact



All of the add-ins I know of are written in C# (except maybe eaDocX. Ian is kind of hush-hush about that ???).
So although it should technically be perfectly possible to write an add-in in VB.Net, I think you are much better off using C#.

- There are a lot of open source add-ins available in C# => lots of example code.
- C# in general is used a lot more nowadays than VB.Net (and personally I like the syntax a lot better), so you'll find a lot more solutions online for the problems you will be facing.


PS. You can find some of the open source add-ins on my Github page

Bugs and Issues / Re: Cloud Services logging bug
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:29:16 pm »
When using EA without cloud server there is an option to encrypt the connection string when saving a project shortcut. This is to avoid storing the password in plain text in the shortcut file.

Maybe there is something like that for the cloud server as well?

If not, you might be able to choose windows authentication instead of an SQL server user, or don't allow to save the password in the ODBC connection.



Have you tried setting the default appearance of your stereotype object?


GetByName only works for a limited set of EA.Collections.

But I wouldn't use it anyway if I were you. It will only return the "first" element with the given name, but you don't know in which order that will be.

Better to pretend GetByName doesn't exist and always "for each" the collection and test for the name.


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