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General Board / Re: EA for the masses
« on: February 28, 2011, 04:54:44 am »
Quite frankly, I stopped having any interest in EA when it became clear that it had zero support for Aspect Oriented Design notation.  UML is a language, AOD is a methodology.  I do not wish to have my methods constrained by language.  Shape scripting did not help to add that notation.  In my world, the methodology is much more important than the language used to discuss it.

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General Board / Re: Changing Attribute colors (Data Modeling)
« on: March 24, 2010, 05:06:26 pm »
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Thanks for the response, but let me explain a little more what I'm trying to accomplish.

For example:

what if I create a Element (DB2 Table) and have 5 attributes (columns) within that table.  How can I make 1 attribute line (red) and 2 more attributes (blue), and the remainder black within the same structure.

Sounds like you are using Extended Relational Analysis, yes?

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General Board / Re: Direction of Aggregaton?
« on: December 13, 2007, 09:34:07 pm »
I'm not sure what you mean by source and target; those terms have never been defined to my satisfaction.  However, in an aggregation relation, one object represents the holonym (the whole aggregate) and the other represents the meronym (which is a part of the aggregate).  For example Car (holonym or aggregate) has Wheels (meronym or part). The diamond, belongs at the holonym (car) end of the relation.

In any UML tool, you do what you gotta do to make that happen.

-Jim

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General Board / Re: Behaviour of interfaces in Component diagrams
« on: January 27, 2009, 05:31:58 pm »
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How can I describe the behaviour of the interface in the component diagram. Somehow I want to describe the timing behaviour of the links.

I'm not sure I understand your question.  In my world, interfaces do not exhibit behaviors;  that is, operations provided by the interfaced component may be declared, but not defined.  Interfaces do have protocols that are best described with Protocol Use Cases or, perhaps, State diagrams that my employ timing glyphs.

HTH
Jim

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General Board / Re: actor stereotypes in use case digrams?
« on: December 26, 2008, 02:53:11 pm »
Well, I'm not one to explain exactly how to do this, but you might investigate the Shape Script feature of EA.  There is a starting point for you in the help files.

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General Board / Re: actor stereotypes in use case digrams?
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:09:23 am »
Have you tried using rectangular notation for the actor sysmbol?

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General Board / Re: Which views to divy-up the artifacts?
« on: January 12, 2005, 10:13:07 am »
This thread is old, but the discussion is useful...

Jamie said that if you dont use Sparks' views you loose some of their rich features and documentation.  I'm wondering, specifically, what those are?

My clients like the iterative approach of the Rational Unified Process (RUP).  How do those of you using RUP handle model views in this context?

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General Board / 830 - What's new?
« on: May 30, 2008, 03:36:00 am »
OK, I installed build 830.  Is there anything new about it?  I can't find the normally provided list of features, etc.

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General Board / Re: Modelling enterprise-wide architecture using E
« on: May 30, 2008, 02:38:49 am »
I see this primarily as a UML Question....  I offer the following thoughts, if you need more, let me know..

UML approaches:
  • Think of each application system as an object  in the Enterprise domain.  If your organization is of a Divisionalized form with multiple instances of each application; then the application may be abstracted as a class.
  • The protocols between the applications can then be defined as a set of Use Cases, depending upon the client/server relationship between them.  
  • The clients would be system actors modeled in rectangular form; the server usage modeled as an ellipse.
    UML Interaction and/or Sequence diagrams could define inter-application communications.  Nodes on a Deployment diagram could document their distribution across the Enterprise Resources.
EA approaches
If you really need special shapes for the applications, you can resort to the shape scripting features of EA.

Hope this gives you some ideas.....
Jim

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General Board / Re: Modeling publish subscribe signals in UML
« on: May 01, 2008, 02:13:13 pm »
Have you given any thought to Statemachine Diagrams?
The publishing of a signal would be an event causing state changes across many diagrams.  Just a thought...

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General Board / Re: Was I helpful Yes No Thumbs
« on: March 18, 2008, 05:11:15 am »
Well, they have one thing under control.  Even though you made several posts (in this thread) to which I tried to vote Yes, I got a message that I must wait 60+ mins before I give you another vote.

As far as seeing increased stare shine, you need a higher resolution monitor I think.  Looks like like the range is  ( -500 or 0? ) to 500;  one vote won't do much I think.

I think I'll not let my star shine be a factor in my self worth anymore.  With 2.5 stars, I've faded from guru to average.  Nor will I let it be a source of pride and reward for participating in the forum either.  Instead, I'll measure the value that Sparx places on my contributions by the number of my recomendations and requests they implement within their product (which in two years here, hasn't been much).  

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General Board / Re: Was I helpful Yes No Thumbs
« on: March 18, 2008, 03:55:06 am »
 exactly! My thoughts too Thomas..

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General Board / Re: Was I helpful Yes No Thumbs
« on: March 17, 2008, 02:05:55 pm »
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Perhaps don't think of it as a score, but (like Karma itself) some general indication of the overall appreciation of the contributor by the forum community.

The flaw with the previous star system was that a person could become an EA Guru simply by posting lots of unhelpful new items (although I do point out that all the forum members with the highest scores are actually true gurus and much valued). More significantly, an infrequent but highly gifted contributor could post a suggestion that helps the entire user community whilst retaining the somewhat belittling epithet of "EA Newbie".

The new system is more representative, with the true gurus gaining karma value and 'starshine' regardless of the frequency of their postings. (With some 13,000 forum members, a truely helpful person could easily get 500 good hits on just one posting, if everyone used the system.)

I wonder how many of the members know this?  I know that I did not understand Karma nor Starshine in this forum's context nor the importance of voting Yes or No to help one to ascertain a level of credibility in advice received from others in the forum.  

As Paolo says: Consistency, Consistency, Consistency;
I say: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.

How do we get the word out on this?  :-/

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General Board / Re: Was I helpful Yes No Thumbs
« on: March 16, 2008, 12:52:35 pm »
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We each see the buttons on others' posts, not our own.

That makes sense.  So, where does one go the see the results of the Yes and No votes?

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General Board / Re: Was I helpful Yes No Thumbs
« on: March 16, 2008, 08:05:44 am »
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Where is this "Start New Poll"

I'm not even sure that the thumbs are related to polls!  :-/  Nor do I see the "Start New Poll" button.

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