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Suggestions and Requests / merging partial classes
« on: October 19, 2007, 02:36:17 am »

one of the new worlds keyword is 'partial'.

In C# it means one can spread the implementation of a class
over different files.

The problem when you reverse engineer them, that these parts apear as different class elements in the project explorer. This again leads to the problem, that one doesn't know which of the class element to take, when drawing a sequence diagram. I always take the wrong one where the method is not part of it, which I currently want to show on the seqence diagram.

1. Request: Let them appear as one class element in the project explorer.

The other way EA is not supporting the partial key word at code generation. Therefore

2. Request: Please provide a mechanism to support the partial idiom at code generation.

Suggestions and Requests / Icon in tool group header
« on: October 17, 2007, 02:02:39 am »

a little icon/button in the tool groups header, which are visible in the tool box would be nice.

The icon indicates that the tool group is pinned or not pinned inside the toolbox.

If implemented as button, a toggle functionality could be implemented for that.

Additionaly some arrows for moving tool groups up and down inside the tool box would be very helpful.


Suggestions and Requests / favourites
« on: October 08, 2007, 09:58:56 pm »

we would like to have a favourites package.

This would behave like this:

Drag and drop any object (class, package, diagram, ...)
into the favourites package.

Thus a reference to the original object is created in the favourites package.

The favourites pakage is a top level package.

Now yoy can drag and drop anything your are currently workin on into the favourites package.

close ea if you go off,
start ea and your last work state is ready for continuing in the favourits.


General Board / How to format numbering for heading
« on: December 09, 2015, 08:30:47 pm »

how can we Format the heading numbering for document Generation?

When generating docs, the headings get numeric numbers like
1.2, 3.4 etc.

How can we modify the formatting?
We cannot find anything for that in Stylesheets etc.

General Board / how to link to diagram in model documents
« on: December 03, 2015, 07:31:56 pm »
our customer is using virtual documents.
they have ea model packages containing the model with the SW artifacts  itself
and in parallel to it
documentation packages based on master and model documents.
The model documents are linked to a package structure which is defining the document chapters.

Fine so far.

What they do now is copy the diagrams from the SW artifacts packages into the document structure packages.

Of course this is cumbersome if the diagram changes.
All changed diagrams have to be copied again.

Is it possible to link a diagram from the artifacts packages into the document chapter packages?

Thus the copy wouldn't be needed.


General Board / Code Generation for SPS
« on: February 22, 2013, 01:13:20 am »

has some of you ever had the problem to generate code for Siemens Automation SPS controls?

Are there Add-ins available?
Have you adapted the code Generation process for those Automation scripts?

Thank you and regards

General Board / Better Doc's for some EA topics
« on: November 04, 2011, 11:38:14 pm »

the documentation regarding EA automation object model, RTF document generation and how to generate code and adapt code templates for code generation from state machines are a bit rude or let's say not very verbose.

Does some of you guys out there know some better documentation sources?

Thank you
Mr. Sanders

General Board / Model transfer
« on: June 26, 2009, 05:31:17 pm »

I try to transfer an EAP file to an MS SQL Server, but I always get the message:

Could not open target database.

I already tried a couple of things, e.g. assigning the user do the admin roles, give him all right explicitly, ...

Nothing works.

We use Windows Authentification.

Is there a hint to solve this?


General Board / BUG?: grey images after importing UML pofile (818)
« on: November 03, 2007, 05:18:23 am »

I am creating an UML profile with new stereotypes in it.
Some of them have an image attribute where a jpg is assigned to it via a shape script e.g.

shape main{
image( "smiley.jpg", 0, 0, 400, 200);

When I import this UML profile in another EA project and use my custom stereotypes, the appearance of the elements is just a grey rectangle.

I have to do the following to get the images visible in the target project.

1. Add the image via Settings | Images.
2. Give the image the same id as in the UML profile.

But after this, the images are still grey.

3. Additionaly I have to close the EA and reopen the target project.

Than I have the images in my diagrams.

Now my questions:

I. It is nonsens, that in the target project where the UML profils is imported, the images have to be imported manually too and giving them the same names as in the profile.

The user can't know the images and their names.

How can I manage, that the images are importet automatically, when the profile is imported?

II. Is it a bug, that the images stay grey and I have to close the EA and restart it to get it visible?


General Board / default size of elements in diagrams
« on: February 01, 2008, 06:03:08 am »

is there a way to define the default size of an element e.g. package?

I allways have to reduce the size of the package elements on
the package diagrams, because the are to large and i want to have them a smaller size.

It is even problemeatic when using auto size (alt-z).

Than the element enlarges itself to the (unwanted) larger size. By the way, the package element is just empty and there is nothing to show, so there is no need to enlarge it.

PS: I am talking about 7.0 build 818


General Board / Show Name Space in class diagram
« on: December 10, 2007, 04:33:30 am »

when we activate the show name space checkbox in the diagram options, the class names in the class diagrams are prefixed with its immediate namepspace parent node where it is declared, but not with its namespace, as the option says.

Is there a way to show the complete namespace?

Because we have a couple of subnodes called e.g. PresLayer.
So if one has declared a class in it, you see PresLayer::MyClass in the class diagram, but this info is pretty useless, because this is the info you will see for every classes on these subnode level, regardless if the class belongs to A::PresLayer or B::PresLayer or C::PresLayer, ...

This is not helpfull!
We want to see the complete namespace or nothing.
This subnode is pretty useless.


General Board / different packages in relationship matrix
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:05:41 am »

let's asume having a model with three layer architecture which is e.g. mapped to the following package structure


Now I want do see the dependencies of ALL elements in one layer which are in different nsr's?

How can I handle this with the relationship matrix?


General Board / convert component into package
« on: January 07, 2008, 03:01:12 am »

is there a possibility to convert a component into a package?


General Board / Tagged Values in stereotypes (818)
« on: November 03, 2007, 05:42:25 am »

on a stereotype in an UML profile, you can attach tagged values.

The Online Help tells me the following:
Stereotypes within a UML Profile can have one or more associated Tagged Values. When creating a UML Profile, you define these Tagged Values as attributes of the stereotype Class.

I have done it this way.
I added an attribute called "status" (int) with initial value 0.

But when I create an element of this stereotype in another project, the element neither has an attribute, nor a tagged value.

So what are these tagged values at a stereotype for and how do I get them in the target model?


General Board / c# generics
« on: November 26, 2007, 07:42:18 am »

I already read some threads about generics and problems with EA, but I can't find a solution, just problem descriptions.

I want to model an agregation from class A to

class MyGenericClass<MyConcreteClass> in a way that it resulst in

class A
 MyGenericClass<MyConcreteClass> myInstantiatedGeneric;

Is there a way to model it and to generate that code?

I do not want to model it as an attribute!
Thats what I have done now as a workaroud.

I want to model an aggregation relationship.


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