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That's a strange thing to say about ArchiMate.  Firstly because it doesn't have the generalisation relationship, but from a wider perspective the most practical way of modelling some architectures is to create an archetype and have elements that realise it.

Glassboy - I'm not sure from your comment what specifically you find strange ... ? The use of the work generalisation? I was couching my response in terms of Richard's suggestion which inherently relies on the concept of classes and instances (both supported explicitly by Sparx) which don't translate into Archimate; attempting to do so (using specialisation not generalisation as pointed out by Paolo) would be cumbersome at best.

It's like you don't bother to read what people reply to you with.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Need: Category (Tagged Value Type)
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:15:44 am »
I can select by a substring in Keywords to include or exclude packages and (I think) entities in the gernated document view. (See link).
You can insert the Keywords field in generated documents.

It doesn't seem to be visible from places like the specification manager.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Need: Category (Tagged Value Type)
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:23:37 am »
My scenario is that I am managing requirements.
I must be able to generate a view of the requirements model as a word document.
For example:
  • A requirement has a classification 'requirements level' (e.g. Must, Should, May)
  • A requirement has a category 'platform' (e.g. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • A requirement only has one 'requirement level', but may apply to more than one 'platform'.
I have a similar requirement.  I've been trying to use keywords for a category but I don't seem to be able to expose the keywords in any meaningful way.

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Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: 1 to many tag value
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:08:47 am »
Picture would be good.  You stick it on some kind of public host and use a link to it.  Please not Dropbox tho' as I can't see Dropbox from my work computer.

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It looks as though the definition is our restriction, not inheritance.  Is that your reading?

Well I think you have to be careful to compare apples with apples.  ArchiMate is a notation and UML is a language.  In UML it's useful to talk about the language concepts and abstractions in a theoretical way.  With ArchiMate if you can't produce a viewpoint that conveys the same information to every viewer with symantec consistency you're just wasting everyone's time.

I can't think of a time where I wanted the same element on a view twice because mostly I either have the archetype view, the realised view, or ArchiMate just can't inherently produce the view I need*.

My reading of the ArchiMate specialisation is that it is a kludge and that you're applying more rigour to it than the ArchiMate authors.

* For example how do you show what a product is used for (and no this is not any of the motivation elements).

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Richard - for me the challenge is that we are using Archimate as well as UML.
From an Archimate perspective, there is no such thing as an instance (or alternatively an element is the instance depending on how you look at it).  The overhead and implications of creating children and generalisations make that quite messy, and breaks the model (in the sense that there are multiple things representing the same thing).

That's a strange thing to say about ArchiMate.  Firstly because it doesn't have the generalisation relationship, but from a wider perspective the most practical way of modelling some architectures is to create an archetype and have elements that realise it.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: MDG Load Error Logs Needed
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:41:07 am »
Do they use it in any way?

Honestly I never looked into the Windoze logs. Probably since I never could get any useable info from there unlike from *NIX logs. It's not that I think they are pretty or smart, they aren't, but they are used in a way by most sub-systems in a somewhat common way so you CAN get useful info.

As a daily user of both Windows and *nix and someone who spent a significant proportion of his career dealing with monitoring and management systems I'd have to say that the Windows log sub-system is by fair the better.  Looking on my work machine I can only find errors in my application log for the couple of times EZ.exe crashed.  So basically no, they don't seem to make use of it.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Current user's name (about the display)
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:55:48 am »
It would be interesting to have the current user's name in the "About EA" dialog box (or elsewhere).

What would that help with?

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Bugs and Issues / Re: MDG Load Error Logs Needed
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:51:30 am »
These guys just don't know what error logs are. I asked for that ages ago and never ever I saw the slightest improvements. This hidden "dberror.txt"  speaks for itself. They have a so called System Log window but it shows only messages created by (user) script. Bah!

It's not like Windows doesn't have a extensive logging subsystem built in.

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It is a shame that the EA Tool does not generate a log file when 'internal errors' occur as this would be very helpful.

My personal feeling is this is something the EA Tool should be handling 'better'. It reports an error - but - performs the action, e.g. add 'Business Event' to a diagram.

Have you looked in dberror.txt?

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General Board / Re: Linking flows in Technology views
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:24:34 am »
You're asking a language\notation specific question without specifying what language\notation you are using.

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I'm sure I don't understand this properly, but this makes me think that requirements entered in the specifications manager are not the same as requirements in other sections of EA. Is that correct?  I was actually thinking that using this specifications manager was just another method to enter requirements to the same data structures.

The requirements are all the same.  There are a lot of options in document templates, including filtering.  You may want to spend some time researching the documentation function so you can adjust the templates you use to the way you build your models.

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Not knowing what document template you are using I'd have to suggest that you are using a template that looks at the diagram not at the package.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram element Align keyboard shortcut don't work
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:43:52 am »
Rotate the screen? Does it have servos?
Probably you have some Windoze settings that capture the key combination.

IIRC it is the display chipset software not native windows.  Most have configurable key combinations.  There seems to be an unofficial convention tho for what the defaults are.  It may even be in the WHQL specs somewhere.

We've had a lot of fun when people leave their machines unlocked by software rotating one monitor, physically rotating the other, and changing their mouse to left handed.

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Are you saying that all displays are running at 200% DPI scaling, or are you running mixed scaling?
Mixed scaling - the Desktop screens are running at 100%

This may not be a strictly EA problem.  I was recently helping out with some debugging and it looks like things can get weird with mixed scaling and surface screens.  In the advanced systems settings you can turn off a lot of the visual effects like windows animations (sorry can't tell you the exact menu 'cause my work laptop is locked down).  Try setting it to performance so all the visual effects are turned off and try again.  From my experience that will make scaling problems go away or get much much worse :-)  If it does make a big difference you can then progressively activate the effects until you find what is causing the window to misbehave.   


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