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Greetings Sparxbeings!,

Just tried EA13 today and by-crikey things certainly have changed around here while I was away. (But judging by a bit of a browse through recent postings there are still some more-experienced (read "old") faces around and there are still some of those wonderful "consistent inconsistencies" abounding.)

Anyway, serious question on theory:

Is there such a thing as a "constrained, enumerated multiplicity"?  By that I mean a multiplicity on an association that can only be one of a set of enumerated multiplicities and that choice is dependent on a value in the owning class. In other words, for a given instance of the subject class where the value of a specific attribute is "x" then the multiplicity of objects related to that instance via that association is exactly "y", where "y" may be a single value or a range.

Consider this example:

class:Religion has attributes Deities and Theism_Type.
class:Deity is associated to Religion through the Deities set.

So, an instance of Religion where Theism_Type = "mono" can/should have 1 and only one Deity instance. Another instance, with Theism_Type = "duo" can/should have exactly 2 Deities instances and so on until the instance with Theism_Type = "multi" can have 1:* Deity instances associated.

My problem is figuring out how to show this type of multiplicity concisely and simply and is not specifically a how to do it EA question.

Any input?


p.s. Yes, you may well be thinking "OMG! Someone's left the back gate unlocked and that nutcase has crawled back in again!"  ;D

Suggestions and Requests / Splitter on element editors
« on: February 18, 2008, 06:42:45 pm »
Just by way of limbering up ...

How about a splitter on the editor forms between the "instance" area and the "list". For example, o the Operations editor there's a list of operations below the editBoxes for the currently selected operation.    But sometimes, just sometimes  (  ::) ) the contents of the No&tes editBox are  a bit more important than the list.

Currently the list gets stretched and the No&tes stay the same height - about 3 lines.

This is not what [size=24]I[/size] want. [/b]

I mean its not that difficult a concept is it?... or have I been spoiled lately  :)


Build 799
Why do artifacts render with the adornment clobbering the name.

This has ben annoying me all afternoon to the point of "totally infuriating" and I just want to know whether its been fixed yet.

This is another "simple" fix!!!  

If someone can tell me that its still a problem I will raise a duly worded fault.

bruce  >:( >:( >:( >:(

Suggestions and Requests / zxgypknly Association Ends (again)
« on: March 06, 2007, 12:31:20 am »
Don't know if this rightly goes here or "General" or "UML" but...

Association Roles (Source|Target).Changeable atribute!
From the hemp help file ...
Changeable :  Specifies how this role is subject to change

So what do the three offered ^%$^%$ options mean 'zactly???

   "none"= is not now or ever changeable ??? (i.e. it can never even be set? ???
   "frozen"= ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? (is a fish finger? ???)
   "add only" = is only changeable by an accountant or actuary ???

What I want is to specify that the attribute is able to be set once and once only ...   at any time in the instances life cycle.  In fact,  :-/ :'( :'( :-X :-/ , what I am trying to do is specify that for this particular attribute, which is a collection, that you can only add thingo's to it.    You, she, he and not even the dog can't delete it once its added (and persisted).

perpetually confused & infuriated


Suggestions and Requests / To Die For´s
« on: November 21, 2006, 11:45:51 pm »
These are all SMP´s

1) Set the alt-P shortcut on the Operations form [Copy] button.
2) Set the alt-P shortcut on the Attributes form [Copy] button.
3) Make the add Package context menu item automatically open the Change Diagram Type dialog box --- triple please with ice cream -- before it creates yeat another package diagram.
4)  [glb]Multiple select[/glb] (or have I sadi that before? a couple of times?)

Not so SMP
5) Links(*) are people too! Give them the same rights as ¨elements¨.

Goin' back to sleep now.....


* --> Paolo: edges, smedges whatever.  My Polish pure maths professor called them ¨nurds and ijuds" or at least that´s what we though he was talking about.

Suggestions and Requests / Tear off toolbars
« on: August 02, 2006, 04:49:44 pm »
Following on from
Also, if you look at the Main Menu under Element | Inline Features, you can tear that menu off to use as a toolbar.
in the previous post.

What would be trooly cool  8)  would be the ability to tear off specific toolbars (e.g. profiles).


Suggestions and Requests / Bug: Cant raise a bug report
« on: October 25, 2006, 02:47:00 am »
I cant post a bug report on the registered users priority support page.

( The submit button )  returns:

Page Not Found (404)  
Sorry, but the page you tried to access on does not exist.
Please check the URL, or use our search engine above the menu on the left to find what you are looking for. Otherwise if you feel that this is an error, please e-mail us and we will investigate.

Now here's the problem ( in the hope that Neil or somone will read it)

Elements and link labels still dont resize properly

1) Elements with a stereotype that dispays an icon adornment wont hold the manual resizing.  This was reported as fixed in 799.  If I remove the stereotype it now works, but not when the stereotype is present.
2) Longish link labels wont hold their manual sizing when they are moved.

Create a deployment diagram.
Add a node and call it "Product Web App Server"
Add a device and call it "Front End Firewall NXFW3178"
Add a communication path and call it "External WFD VLAN910"

Set the appserver node stereotype to "server"
Set the firewall device sterotype to secure.

Now I want the device node to be a size so that the label wraps to 3 lines and the element is a nice size.  Try it!!

Now I want the same thing for the node...

Finally I want the link name to wrap so the IP address is on the second line.  This works, but when you move the label EA reshapes it exactly how I dont want it.


p.s. Why are the problem report boxes so small on the website?? (Firefox) Its about 2 inches wide.  Does sparx only want small problems? :-)

p.p.s.  Theres another problem too.  If you open any element details form and just change its name, when you hit return it doesnt do anything.


Suggestions and Requests / Bug: Stereotype supression doesn't
« on: October 25, 2006, 04:11:18 am »
( Having a great time today)

Diagram option - "Show element stereotypes" when turned off, doesn't suppress «device» stereotypes

In a deployment diagram, when I turn off this option, the node element stereotypes dissappear but the device elements still show «device».


Having coloured all the passive nodes (devices) in a luverly  shade of light grey and all the active nodes in various obnoxious hues of my choice, I thought I could make the picky a bit more readable by turning off the stereotype display.  NUP!

Why doesn't this flag hide all stereotypes???

Dare I say it!   C - C - C


p.s.  The model is a 5-tier deployment with full redundancy across all info paths.  There are 176 nodes and devices in the entire solution and I am going cross eyed trying to find the missing connectivities.

p.p.s. Paolo - how do you get guillements into your posts??

Suggestions and Requests / Suggestion: Note blobs
« on: October 25, 2006, 03:40:12 am »
This relates to several other threads arounf the place, but here's my twist.

Occassionaly, I want to add a "reference marker" in a diagram that refers to a note in some textual description somewhere.  For example, I just want to add a circle with "A" or "B" or summat next to a link.  The diagram text would have a statement of the ilk " ... at point A,  the friggit is wungled"  or something.

Now the twist.  I have been using UML note elements to do this but I also want to add some pertinent information to the note itself that will appear in the generated documentation.  Like, for "B" I want to add "reef the fiber cable physically out of the socket" or "inject 600-700 64K ping packets" or "intercept and corrupt the TCP stream"  (Yes, Virginia we are doing system tests).

Can I shapescript note elements somehow to do this?  Or can we have a (albeit) non UML annotation element please?


Suggestions and Requests / BUG: Node elements wont resize properly
« on: October 05, 2006, 07:05:55 pm »
No matter what I try I cannot get Node elements to retain the sizes I want them to be on the diagram.

They insist on sizing themselves according to some strange witchcraft associated with the length of their name.  This is NOT what I want - I want the name to wrap.   >:(

e.g. ASX SWIFT Access Alliance Server::Node <<server>> insists on being about 3 inches wide!


Suggestions and Requests / BUG: Status colours not working
« on: October 09, 2006, 04:33:39 pm »
At 798 the status dropdowns and status colours do not seem to work AT ALL once a new status is added to the list.  I wanted to add "Scripted" as a status, which seemed to go OK, but now:
1) The dropdowns in the properties form and on the docked properties window do not operate
2) The colors do not appear for any element.

>:(  >:(  >:(   >:(  >:(   >:(  >:(  >:(


Suggestions and Requests / Links with multiple contraints
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:55:59 pm »
Suggest :  If multiple stereotypes can now be seen on links, can we also have multiple constraints listed as well  - like how the superstructure shows them!

e.g.  {constraint1, constraint2, ...}


Suggestions and Requests / Exe only for beta
« on: August 24, 2006, 03:43:10 pm »
Would it be possible to issue an exe only download for the beta - I already have 01 (thanks Sparx support) but I now have a (hopefull) temporary connection that is s.....l......o....w


Suggestions and Requests / Location of Diagram Close button
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:30:01 pm »
I know this may sound like trivia but...

Could I suggest that the diagram close button at the top RH corner be moved just a little bit to the left.  As I preferentially  use autohide and quite a lot of the dockables set on the RHS  of the screen, I continually "miss" the button and unhide the dockables when I'm bieing a bit quick on the mouse.


I don't know if this is a bug or whether I have created something incorrectly.  Has anyone seen this behaviour or can anyone comment.

Environment is EA Ver 6.1.789 + local EAP repository on Win2000 + Jet 4.0 + MDAC

I have an activity element in an activity diagram.  It was stereotyped by dragging a profile element onto it.  It has existant control flow links to other activity elements.

Now, I added an ActivityParameter (AP1) to it, created a controlflow link from AP1 back to the Activity.  This displays fine and dandy.  Then I added another ActivityParameter to it (AP2), "shift dragged" the source end of an existing controlflow from the activity to the new AP2.  Still fine.  Finally, I "shift dragged" the target end of the controlflow from another activity back on to the current activity (i.e. another error condition flow).  Now, AP2 has "disappeared"!  It's still there but is invisible.

Any comments?


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