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Here's a tip

If you use a Composition or Aggregation relationship between two elements to model a whole-part structure, then obviously you have a traceable relationship, but when you move the child inside its parent on a diagram, the relationship disappears.

Best of both worlds!



As of the organisers and also one of the presenters, I really appreciate your comments.

Many thanks for posting your feedback

All the best


General Board / Re: Incorporate Model Templates Problem
« on: May 09, 2016, 08:51:21 pm »
As far as I know there is no way, however I have just had a look at the BPMN 2.0 MDG as supplied by Sparx, and the entry for the ModelTemplates is as shown below:

    <Model name="Business Process" description="Create a simple BPMN 2.0 Business Process diagram" file="p_BPMN2.0.xml" default="no" icon="29" filter=""/>
    <Model name="Choreography" description="Create a simple BPMN 2.0 Choreography diagram" file="p_BPMN2.0Chor.xml" default="no" icon="29" filter=""/>
    <Model name="Collaboration" description="Create a simple BPMN 2.0 Collaboration diagram" file="p_BPMN2.0Coll.xml" default="no" icon="29" filter=""/>
    <Model name="Conversation" description="Create a simple BPMN 2.0 Conversation diagram" file="p_BPMN2.0Conv.xml" default="no" icon="29" filter=""/>

By digging around the files referred to are located in a folder named ModelPatterns which is a folder in the EA installation directory.

You could try saving your XMIs here and see if they are picked up by your MDG, but if it worked, each user will still have to copy XMIs to that folder

Best I can come with



Yes Geert is correct, in a SQL fragment you are limited to #PackageID# and #ObjectID#

Support for #Branch# would be useful though



General Board / Re: Drawing relationships between documents.
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:42:17 am »
Instead of the Artefact in the Common section of the diagram toolbox, try the Document (a variation of Artefact).

This Document element, exhibits a double-click behaviour to open, directly, its Linked Document

General Board / Re: Formalism to model data integration across systems
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:39:50 am »
Would NIEM work in this case?

Are you intending to use the same elements on all diagrams?

If so, try right-clicking the BPMN Process flow diagram, selecting Copy Diagram

Move to a new package and the paste diagram selecting a Shallow Copy from the options

If you want to create a brand new set of elements, then use Geert's suggestion or proceed as above and select deep copy from the options.



Are both installations of EA using the same Diagram Themes?

At a guess the top example is Enterprise Architect 12 theme whereas the bottom one is Enterprise Architect 10

Just a thought


General Board / Re: BPMN layers and creating Child diagrams
« on: March 31, 2016, 06:57:44 pm »
In version 9 of EA you cannot select a diagram to become your composite, however, there is a rather clumsy work-around:

1) Select the diagram you want to "drill down" to in the Project Browser
2) Move this diagram as a child of the element you want to link from
3) Make this element a composite
4) Repeat 2) and 3) for all other elements you want to link from
5) Move the diagram back to its original position

This will suffice until you upgrade to version 12.1



Hmm Interesting

To add Properties to a Block in a BDD, what I do is

1) Add two blocks to a BDD
2) Create a "whole-part" relationship between them using a Part Association (Composition) or a Shared Association (Aggregation)

EA then creates a Property typed to the "Part" Block as a direct child to the "Whole" block

You may have to hide the Properties compartment for the Blocks on the BDD

To add a Value Property to a Block on a BDD what I do is

1) Drag a Property from the Toolbox onto a Block on a BDD
2) Type the Property to a ValueType
3) Delete (Using the Delete Key) the Property from the diagram

EA then creates an entry in the values compartment

Oddly, the above only appears to work correctly if the Block is in the same package as the BDD, otherwise its back to drag and drop within the Project browser.



My answer would be to check the elements check box which is a child of the diagram checkbox in the document template editor.

Do not include any data for the diagram tags, but do include data for the element tag:

package >
diagram >
Elements on diagram:

element >
Name: {Element.Name} : type : {Element.Type}
< element
< diagram
child packages >

< child packages
< package

This produces a list of all linked elements, but no image



Bugs and Issues / Re: Creating Custom Styles Makes my Cry inside
« on: March 04, 2016, 07:53:20 pm »
For a quick tutorial on stylesheets please check out

on the Sparx Community


General Board / Floating Licence on AWS VM
« on: January 30, 2016, 01:37:49 am »
Hi All

Has anyone had any success in locating floating licences on an AWS VM EC2 Windows 2008 server instance?

I ask because a client on mine has tried and failed.

EA fails to connect to the AWS VM using a elastic IP address (which is static and does not change)

The Security Group for the AWS VM are set to accept incoming TCP on all from all hosts

Have also set firewall rules to allow access via 7770 on bot the VM and the client machine

Any advice most welcome



Suggestions and Requests / Re: ArchiMate Derived Relationships
« on: September 25, 2015, 05:49:36 pm »
This has been implemented in the latest version of BEASI


An indicator on my wish list is in the Project Browser and / or in the Package Browser

is if at least one Baseline exists on a Package then show on the Package Icon

Just a thought


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