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Bugs and Issues / Defining a database table
« on: April 06, 2016, 02:12:53 pm »
I'd life to define a database table so that the resulting DDL generated would look similar to
Code: [Select]
CREATE TABLE Archive.dbo.Records
        [Id] [uniqueidentifier] ROWGUIDCOL NOT NULL UNIQUE,
        [SerialNumber] INTEGER UNIQUE,
Its not clear to me where to enter the qualifiers such as ROWGUIDCOL, UNIQUE, and FILESTREAM.

Can anyone help please?

Bugs and Issues / Using the "Callout" Shape
« on: March 16, 2016, 06:56:40 am »

I thought I had a use for the callout shape (in EA 1224).
Has anyone else observed the following, or found answers for them:
  • no matter which appearance I select (e.g. paper clip) it stubbornly remains the default
  • no matter what font I choose it remains italic
  • repeated new lines in the original text are ignored
  • I can't find any way of removing the centre justification of the text


I want to generate a document including some entities from different packages.
I created a diagram to drag them to, and selected the diagram properties as shown above.
What do you think these settings should produce?

Bugs and Issues / Is there, is is there not, a linked document.
« on: February 12, 2016, 02:42:37 pm »
In the project browser there is a pretty little icon of a document.

In the notes dialogue there is a pretty little icon of a document with a red A in the lower right corner.

Neither, however actually tell you if there is an existing linked document.
(Someone might like to speculate on why the icons are different).

Now the kiss of death statement:
It would be (really) useful if it was possible to see in the project browser (and notes editor) if there really was a linked document in existence (really),

The only way as far as I can see, is if the Project Browser context menu provides you with the option to delete the said linked document (or of course you know that the absence of such an option means there isn't a linked document)

don't use no double negatives

Bugs and Issues / Mouse over tool tip for connector does not work.
« on: February 11, 2016, 02:50:44 pm »
If a connector has no entity behind it, a handy little tool tip shows if you hover over the connector, viz:

However if there is an object behind the connector it seems that you can never get a tool tip for the connector to pop up, instead the next entity down the z-order's tool tip shows up! viz:

Bug or feature?

Bugs and Issues / Toolbox layout not preserved
« on: February 10, 2016, 09:30:41 am »
This has been bugging me for quite some time.

I have my toolbox rolled up as shown (who needs to see those pesky and rarely useful shapes, arrows and thin arrows).

When I close and reopen EA (same project) it has all changed (for the less usable).

I wish that what appears to be the default un unrolling the spahes etc and rolling the common was reversed,
or better, EA remembers how I had my toolbar.

Can anyone suggest a good reason why one cannot drag a view level package to another (higher) level in the tree,
e.g. if I decide to refactor my model!

General Board / Export entities not in package
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:14:24 am »
We are taking a 'catalogue' approach to our modelling.
This means that when exporting and importing a diagram the elements are not in the diagram's package.
We have no desire to export entire catalogues, or move entities into the package before export and restore them back to the catalogue after the export.

Is there any kind of 'deep export' that can include the entities outside of the package in the export?

Bugs and Issues / Copy and paste via clipboard between models
« on: February 05, 2016, 06:57:58 am »
Using Edit > Copy on an entity from a diagram in one model and then attempting to use paste into a diagram in a separate model does not work.
Why is it I have a recollection that it used to work?

Bugs and Issues / Document fragments
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:33:11 am »
I thought it was high time I got to grips with document fragments.

I created a fragment

I then took

and updated it to

and voila, no more images!

Any ideas?

Suggestions and Requests / Find in project browser - direction
« on: February 25, 2010, 08:40:06 am »

I would find a directionality flag useful, eg up, down, all, especially when I have gone past something and want to go back.
Also the ability to stop the search continuing past the scope of the package selected when the search dialogue was opened.

Suggestions and Requests / Suggestion: Orthogonal boundary
« on: May 11, 2015, 02:47:42 pm »
When using the boundary common artifact a rectangle only goes so far.

I suggest a boundary where extra sides can be added with internal and external right angles.

This would make it much easier to use a boundary in some diagrams.

(orthogonal boundary - cf orthogonal line style)

And yes, I know this is a diagram enhancement suggestion, so I'm not holding my breath, but if anyone likes it as I idea we could both put in a feature request

For an entity you can "Find in all diagrams", or "Element | Relationships".

What is the equivalent for a connector, I'd love the find a "Find (connector) in all diagrams)" or "Connector | Entities" equivalent?

All I know of is the unsatisfactory (because I can't click through) "visibility | Hide Connector in other diagrams"

Suggestions and Requests / 8.0 diagram enhancements
« on: June 21, 2010, 02:30:07 pm »
Elsewhere I suggested that there was no reason why EA diagrams and diagramming should not be on a par with Visio for both look and ease of editing and layout.

As I struggled to do some basics today I thought it might be instructive to list some of the issues, in the hope that
1) someone will tell me that it can be done, and why
2) others in the community will add to the list
3) at some point lots of us will submit these as feature requests
4) Sparx will implement the feature requests  :D

PS when are we going to be allowed to upload images directly instead of having to go to twice the effort.

When setting the colour of an object (say the border color) in a diagram the dialogue box shown is

When setting the colour of a connector in a diagram the dialogue box shown is

A different range of different colours is shown.

This makes it hard in some cases to choose the same colour,
and I wonder why there isn't consistency,
such that all colour dialogues are the same (reuse!)

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