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As already stated somewhere in the form, I have several use cases for using the decision table feature, but for me it is useless just because of the “very primitive” implementation.

As I remember it is even not possible to rearrange things, apart of deleting and adding anew.

I cannot imagine who gets value from that feature with the current implementation.

General Board / Re: Scope of specification manager
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:39:05 pm »
If that works for you, fine!

But keep in might that this is more to view/look on things rather than specifying things.

General Board / Re: Scope of specification manager
« on: October 08, 2016, 04:35:10 am »
AFAIK there is unfortunately no feature to do such things, expect doing an sql select.
However there is the RaQuest plugin providing such a feature (not sure if you can edit tags).

I do not really know the Archimate 2 implementation, but from what you describe it is pretty clear that Archimate 2 impementation “overwrites” the UML Object by the stereotype “ArchiMate_DataObject”, and one part of this “overwrite” is to overwrite the presentation features (how the object can looks like on a diagram) with a sharp script.

By removing the “ArchiMate_DataObject”  stereotype you convert your ArchiMate object to a UML object.
So either Archimate or the Sparx Archimate implementation does not satisfy your needs.

I do not say, that what you have done is bad, but your model is now not a pure Archimate model but a mixture between Archimate and UML.

What feature can be shown on a Diagram depend mainly on two things.

-The “basic” type of the element, and
-If the element is expanded by a stereotype

So to get help, you need to state what your concrete element is.

Expanding elements typically lead to additional features. And one of this feature could be, that how the elements look on a diagram is changes. This is done by a shape script.

In you case you are talking about Archimate Profil what for sure includes lots of expansions and might have shape scripts as well.

Hallo Paolo,
Yes, I use the features within Package Control.

I just have one root and two “EA-views” underneath, so what you have mentions is not a problem for my. If so, I would thing about to solve that problem with a script.

Another possibility I have in mind, is defining an “edit group” and assigning it to any user who is allowed to update some stuff, so I could just disable the update stuff in this group.
Both approaches I have not jet tested to be reliable, so there might be problems that these changes are only active when users reload the project or even restart EA, or maybe the script engine is ignored in those security features,….

Currently your “brute force” way, I could do as well. But the day will come when my IT will disallow me such “critical” things.

Another way I have in mind, is providing only Cloud Service access to the users. By doing so, I could lock out users by the Cloud Service (setting passwords, stop cloud server, …). Another advantage of that would be, that I would not need to give users write access to the DB. This would work fine I assume, if all EA features could be used over the cloud service.

Currently I lock the stuff as user (me), but honestly I have not jet investigated if this is reliable enough.

Here is the response from Sparx about my “One SQL select transaction” question.

“The data is read over time.”

So from my point of view, it is very recommended lock out the users with write access when doing long transfer, baseline, import/export stuff.

Bugs and Issues / State Machine State Actions “burned in” Behavior
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:30:16 pm »
Once I entered a UML <behavior-type-label> or in EA wording added an "Operation" to a State and add a <behavior-expression> by selecting a Model Element on the Behavior Tab.

This behavior is “burned in”!
In other word to get rid of this behavior in my “Operation” I have to delete the whole Operation.

General Board / State Machine State Actions <behavior-type-label>
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:28:02 pm »
To allow defining of a <behavior-type-label> for state machine states, EA uses the "Operations" feature from Classes.

By doing so, is there any reason why I can define a return in the method signature of classes but not in the “method signature” of States?

General Board / Re: Collaboration with business on EA
« on: September 29, 2016, 06:38:32 pm »
You can look directly to the DB schema within you DB, or for eap just open that file with MS-Assess.

Further on you might look to this: (book from querty)

or e.g. to this: (to find some examples)

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EA Repository As A Service?
« on: September 29, 2016, 06:27:54 pm »
Yes, the Sparx Systems plans matter. And it might need some additional EA features as well, just remember e.g. the Project Transfer over cloud.

Maybe there first repository in your service (once your VAR’s are interested in), is to share the ideas in your consortium.

General Board / Re: Collaboration with business on EA
« on: September 29, 2016, 05:48:35 pm »
Hi Aaron.a,
it is hard to give you guidance on this level of information.

What I have in mind when I read your points, I would say you can do all that with EA.
If it fits to your specific and concrete details? I do not know.

Maybe you give it a try with EA and when you come to concrete points just post an issue.

1) Look to EA Reporting features. Virtual/Master/Model Documents might be interested for you
2) Either you need some kind of import/export (several features are supported) or your peers need access to the model.
3)  Of cause can be done
4) There are several analyses features available. As a most powerful analyses features, you can do SQL-queries once you understand the DB schema used by EA.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EA Repository As A Service?
« on: September 29, 2016, 05:28:34 pm »
Glassboy’s comment:
If you do create Cloud Sparx as a Service, then you have scope to allow a second tranche of cooperation in building shareable models. 
is something interesting as well!

I develop lots of model content to be shared by other projects.

And at least what information the model represents, for sure could be usefull for other organizations as well.

As a very simple example, I have a considerable library of SysML ValueTypes Quantities and Units rather than just the SI base stuff.

Ok Helmut!
In General Settings of hoTools I set „Linestyles and more“ to "Disable" and deselected „Linestyle Support“, but that was not successful (or what I thought what it should do).

What solved my problem was setting “Setting default Linestyle”/”Statechart” to “no”.
So, that is ok for me, however setting “Statechart” to something else is not “default” but “force”.

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