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I just did my first DB schema import for a while (just two tables).  I ticked every option I could find on the import, but the Associations that represent the Foreign Key Constraints didn't import.  What did I do wrong?

IIRC, there used to be an option to show the FKs as Associations or not or is my memory failing me?

TIA,
Paolo


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General Board / Can you use multiple values in <Search Term>
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:28:09 pm »
We have a Project Search that uses the IN operator:
TaggedValue.Value IN ('<Search Term>')

If a single value is supplied, it works fine.  Is there any way to get multiple values in?

I even tried "tricking" the query by making <Search Term>= value1', 'value2
hoping the resulting '<Search Term>' phrase would look like:
'value1', 'value2'
which works; if I hardcode it.  But to no avail!

Is there any way to achieve the multiple values?  Is it actually the expression of a defect?

TIA,
Paolo

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If I search for the search term "Party"; in our repository, I get 66 results only 6 of which are for the exact term "Party".  The search is a contains search, so the effective search term is "*Party*".  Is there any mechanism short of adding a new exact match search that allows me to change the contains to an equals search?

Paolo

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This has already been reported, but there is now a workaround!

When you create a Virtual Connector End (VCE) the Doppelganger if you try to hide the arc by pressing the delete key, the VCE will also be removed from the diagram (even though it is not selected)! Since one of the principal use cases (at least in our view) is to have multiple instances of an item visually embedded in a number of encompassing elements, this causes problems!  Interestingly, you can hide the connector itself by using the Set Visible Relations [Ctrl+Shift+I] and hiding the arc using that dialog.  Consequently, why can't we do it with just the delete key?

These types of problems could be overcome by having REAL t_diagramobjects marked as Doppelgangers.

Reported,
Paolo

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When you create a Virtual Connector End (VCE) the Doppelganger (if visually embedded within an encompassing element) does not have the ability be moved with the encompassing element, even if its Z-order is correct.  Since one of the principal use cases (at least in our view) is to have multiple instances of an item visually embedded in a number of encompassing elements, this causes problems!

These types of problems could be overcome by having REAL t_diagramobjects marked as Doppelgangers.

Reported,
Paolo

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When you create a Virtual Connector End (VCE) the Doppelganger does not have the ability to have its Z-order changed independently.  Since one of the principal use cases (at least in our view) is to have multiple instances of an item visually embedded in a number of encompassing elements, this causes problems!  Interestingly, you can adjust the Z-order of the Doppelganger by changing the Z-order of the master.  However, as will be appreciated, this could cause problems for the master vis-a-vis its Z-order.

These types of problems could be overcome by having REAL t_diagramobjects marked as Doppelgangers.

Reported,
Paolo

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Apart from writing an Add-In function, is there any way to get at the Virtual Inheritance property for a Generalization Arc?

TIA,
Paolo

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The "Recent Portal" on the Start Page lists Open and also Recent Diagrams.  It would be good if the Node Path of the Diagram were made available as a tooltip.  Similarly, the file path to the "Recent Source Files" could be provided as a tooltip.

Reported,
Paolo

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Using the Query Builder, is it possible to create searches that can use more than one tagged value?  (Property=P1, Value=V1) and (Property=P2, Value=V2) - Don't need to use <search Term> for the present.

When you try to add the second TV, the editor gets confused.
Property=P1
Property=P2
Value=V1
Value=V2

TIA,
Paolo

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Suggestions and Requests / Diagram Memory - Recently Closed Diagrams
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:15:35 pm »
In most application programs there is a Recently Used list of things.  EA provides such for the last so many Repositories (or Shortcuts) opened.

With enterprise-wide repositories, you often open diagrams from "all over the place".  We also have a lot of diagrams open simultaneously.  EA provides a dropdown list of currently opened diagrams.

It would be REALLY cool if an additional sub-menu "Recently Closed Diagrams" were added so that as you close a diagram, it would move to that sub-menu and allow you to re-open it easily (rather than having to traverse a (probably quite deep) hierarchy to get to the diagram in the browser.  As with the Open Diagrams list, at this stage, it need not survive a session.

Thoughts?

Reported,
Paolo

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When you Drag & Drop a Diagram from the browser onto another diagram (as a Hyperlink), the "[ ] Run auto layout" is sticky and on my machine is set to true and disabled - so I can't change it!

VERY inconvenient!

Reported,
Paolo

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Bugs and Issues / Urgent! Repository.GetConnectorByID fails!
« on: October 12, 2017, 04:39:44 pm »
I'm using a VBA library I've used for nearly a decade to process repositories (both EAP and SQL Server) with Excel.  Today for the first time in a while I tried to use Repository.GetConnectorByID().  It failed to return the requested Connector!  The connector exists and is confirmed by the fact that Repository.GetConnectorByGuid() with the correct GUID will return the connector with the correct ID!

Can anyone reproduce?  This is on an Access 2000 repository - because I'm off-line and can't access the corporate SQL Server repository.

Integrity Checker says there are NO problems.

Help!
Reported,
Paolo

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If a Matrix Profile is specified as part of a Project Shortcut file ($matrix://<Profile Name>),  when the matrix opens, the profile name Is NOT in the Profile: dropdown.

Reported,
Paolo

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We use the copy path to clipboard functionality in the Project Browser quite a lot to point each other at items in the browser we want to notify others about.  However, for items in the Resources Window [[Start | Show | Windows| Resources]].  Should it be possible?

Before I submit a feature request, I thought I'd get others' thoughts.

Paolo

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When switching to Rectangular Notation, the shapescript will ignore the existing diagram object sizing (especially if larger than the default) and reset to the default size specified for Rectangular Notation.

If object sizing is  Ox×Oy and the default non-Rectangular (Icon) Notation sizing is Ix×Iy and the Rectangular Notation sizing is Rx×Ry, then it could be argued that if at the switchover, if Ox = Ix and Oy = Iy, then they should be switched to Rx and Ry respectively.  However, if they are not the default values, then the object sizing should remain Ox×Oy.

My user found it quite annoying that where they had large object sizes, typically encompassing other objects, on switchover, the sizing became very small and they had to resize.

Reported,
Paolo

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