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Bugs and Issues / Re: MS Access 2013 and EAP files
« on: May 06, 2016, 06:48:37 am »
We've established a Postgres database on our server and migrated an EAP file into it. We then connect to the database from both EA and a custom Access front end. After some performance tuning of my code, it all seems to work quite well. My table and code configurations are such that we don't do any data manipulation on the EA tables but only on the custom tables I created. So I feel like we've minimized the risk of bad things happening and still leveraged the power of your approach.

I've had some issues in the past with Postgres based repositories, especially migrating off them.  Given what you're doing, I'd suggest you test a transfer to an EAP based repository just to make sure you haven't accidently locked yourself in (as it were).

But these Document Script fragments actually turn out to be pretty nifty. Since the script has access to the whole of the API, including DocumentGenerator, it should now be possible to generate arbitrarily complex documents, completely independent of the package hierarchy, with everything sorted the way you want it, without having to write a browser script and without having to model your documents.

Anything would be better than having crazy filters to get documentation customization at the element level.

General Board / Re: When is an instance not an Object?
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:10:50 am »
You can easily show that with a shape script.

I wonder how that would go as a feature request.  It would make the release notes more fun.

I was very excited when the new feature document fragments was announced, but from all the posts on it it seems as much fun as stabbing yourself in the leg with a fork.

General Board / Re: When is an instance not an Object?
« on: May 05, 2016, 07:14:34 am »
Actors can't have operations. But if you create a class with operations and change it to be an actor it keeps the operations. Just to continue you list of strangenesses.

That would excite me if it also had a red nose that lit up.

Uml Process / Re: Visualising Classifier Relationships
« on: May 04, 2016, 01:32:57 pm »
Good points Simon, to which I'd add the following (hopefully) insights I've garnered along the way.
Firstly, I don't believe UML defines what Ownership MEANS (I stand to be corrected).  However, in this case, it seems to mean the following:  If I have an owned element, I control how you may address (access) it.  If I am X and I have owned element Y, then you can ONLY reach Y via X.Y.   Further, while I own Y, if I am destroyed, then my owned elements are destroyed.  Because of the X.Y relationship, we say Y is "nested" in X.  The semantics of Nesting are similar to Composition, but they aren't the same - hence the different rendering of Nesting versus Composition.

Paolo, standing for konsistency and systemic violence :-)

General Board / Re: Is there any solution for Docs Generator (RTF)?
« on: May 04, 2016, 01:29:09 pm »
So that's where you work skiwi :-)

Uml Process / Re: TOGAF and Model Structure
« on: May 04, 2016, 08:41:34 am »
The M in ADM is the method.  The content metamodel describes how you structure your content.  The ADM may have something to say about what views you generate but shouldn't dictate the way you structure your elements.

I should also point out, I have never seen anyone do TOGAF well.  No one has ever been happy to have me look at thier repository as and indicative example.

General Board / Re: Import XPDL2 into EA
« on: May 03, 2016, 11:23:24 am »
Walk in, sing "You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant", and walk out?

That'd be more productive than griping about it.  8)

Bugs and Issues / Re: Project transfer empty
« on: May 03, 2016, 11:17:03 am »
I've had that happen once, but after I restarted the client and recreated the target it all worked again.

General Board / Re: Import XPDL2 into EA
« on: May 03, 2016, 11:09:51 am »
I've already put in a feature request.  Everyone else should also put in feature requests.

And the only reason I'm singin' you the song now is 'cause you may know
Somebody in a similar situation.

Or you may be in a similar situation, and if you're in a situation like
That, there's only one thing you can do:

Uml Process / Re: TOGAF and Model Structure
« on: May 02, 2016, 12:00:42 pm »

General Board / Re: Arguments for the use of Enterprise Architect
« on: May 02, 2016, 09:58:58 am »
You should never actually make an argument for a tool.  You should make an argument for adhering to a standard way of working.

General Board / Re: Unit of Measure to be modelled
« on: May 02, 2016, 08:50:49 am »
I hear that the USA is promoting its own unit, the TRUMP.

General Board / Re: Nesting classes (and generalization)
« on: April 25, 2016, 07:12:29 am »
If you have never faced a situation where you had to use visual embedding you are not modelling something too complex, or you do not print your diagrams, or you are not very environmentally conscious.

I visually embed where it is useful, subcomponents in components et al.  However I also see I lot of Visio-upping of designs that are ambiguous and just the result of the architect not taking the time to model properly. 

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