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Ah - so that's what those are for.
Pure genius, as always Q.

"I have at TON of EA automation "helpers" written VB.NET "....and that's precisely the reason why eaDocX was written in, and why it's still in
It's about the usefulness of the function, not the language it's written in. And we've got a few 1000 customers who'll back that up.

FYI -  when an add-in is responding to a 'EA_OnPostNewConnector' event, calling either of these causes EA to crash. Unless anyone knows how to delete the connector which just got passed by EA.
Probably not a big surprise, I guess - deleting the subject of the event probably isn't what EA was expecting to happen.

General Board / Re: 'Link' Connector type - did I imagine it ?
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:22:53 pm »
Thanks @KP  - good to know how to (probably) make things backwards compatible. Could we have a note somewhere in the final V14 documentation to say that this has changed?

General Board / Re: Excel Import
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:55:40 pm »
Never noticed that before - well done Takeshi!

General Board / Re: Aris vs EA for Process Modelling
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:53:38 pm »
So far, I'm getting best value from Q's response.
I realize that 'it depends' is the most logical answer, but, like most clients, they haven't decided exactly how they are going to do their process modelling.
And I think this is a reasonable approach.
But before you scream 'that's no way to choose a modelling tool', given that they have realized they WILL need a tool, then surely the smart thing is to tailor their approach to (1) their own requirements, but also (2) the capabilities of a tool.

It seems like a solution -> Requirement approach, but don't we need some measure of this? No point crafting a wonderful modelling approach, then finding there is no tool to which can do it without huge modification. And when maybe a small change to the modelling approach would make it fit disproportionately better with one or other tool.

As an example, just look how us EA users have adapted our modelling approach to the lack of any usable time-based modelling - we just skip around the idea of roadmap planning which lots of people say they need. (yes, I do know there is some time-based function in EA, and no, it doesn't come close to what most customers SAY they need). But we get around it with some baselines, a bit or branching and merging, and some fast talking.

So, Aris users: what's it good at?

General Board / Aris vs EA for Process Modelling
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:35:09 pm »
I have a client who is looking for some help evaluating Aris & EA for process modelling.
All of us, I'm sure, have a natural preference, but does anyone have any recent experience of these two? If it helps, my client is willing to pay money for someone with this experience.

OK - I now have code to extract this, if anyone ever needs it.

General Board / 'Link' Connector type - did I imagine it ?
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:10:58 pm »
I'm (fairly) sure that there used to be a Connector Type of 'link', which UML says (or at least, used to say) we're supposed to use to connect Instances with each other.
The element/element relationship connector type defines what the instance/instance connection means, but I thought that the instance/instance connector itself was just a 'link'.
Did I imagine this?
It seems that in V14 (and I think 13 as well) I seem to have to lost the ability to create a simple link.
@Sparx - was this deliberate? Maybe a new corner of UML which I missed? Or maybe it got lost?
And, if I just add 'link' to t_conectorTypes, is that allowed? Feels like a big step, inventing new Connector Types, which might have bad consequences.

General Board / Re: V14 Beta - Import/Export XMI
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:05:34 pm »
...and thanks @Peter

General Board / Re: V14 Beta - Import/Export XMI
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:04:31 pm »
Gee thanks Nizam. I'll add that to the other 500 simple shortcuts I'm expected to remember!  ;)

General Board / V14 Beta - Import/Export XMI
« on: April 10, 2018, 10:56:48 pm »
In Build 1405, I can't find the Import/Export XMI options, except in model roots. Views and Packages don't seem to have it.
Has this option gone somewhere else ? Or been removed ?

This may not be news to some, but it was to me...
I could never open older (pre-v14) versions of EAP files with modern versions of Access, but the good news is that EAPX files can now be opened in Access 2016. Much easier to see where Sparx have put new information, or to do searches outside of EA.
'just thought you might like to know...

Outstanding work! Thanks from the eaDocX team - this is the kind of information add-in writers really need.

General Board / Re: When is an instance not an Object?
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:26:47 am »
So this is the list of element types which create instances which have the same object_type as their classifier:
  • Component - and, i think, MDGs which create stereotypes of Component
  • Artifact
  • Requirements Checklist
  • Matrix specification
  • Report specification
  • Activity
  • Collaboration (not the new V14 collaboration thing - i think)
  • Deployment Specification
  • Device
  • Encrypted Document
  • Execution environment
  • Review (the v13/14 idea)
  • Node
Please note also:
- this is just derived from experimentation, so Sparx might change it if they feel like it
- these are just the types I can find - there may be more
- its seems likely that stereotypes of these types which are created by MDGs will also create 'typed' instances, but I've only looked at a few, and lots of MDGs just stereotype 'Class', so they will produce object_type="Object" anyway.
- I have no idea what instances of some of these mean in a model!
- all other seem to create instances with object_type="Object"
@querty - maybe this could go into the next 'Inside EA'?

Can I have my life back now please ?

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