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Incorporate Model Templates

When a user creates a model within their project, they can choose the type of model to develop from a list of standard model templates. You can also develop custom model templates to add to this list via your MDG Technology.

Access    Project Browser package context menu | Add | Add a New Model using Wizard...

Add custom model templates to MDG Technology



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Create a package that contains all sub-packages, diagrams, elements, notes and information links that you want to provide in your model template.

See the EAExample.eap model for illustrations of what you might include, or create a model from a standard template and see what is generated.

As a model template, the package would be self contained and not contain any dependencies or other links to elements outside the package.


Model Wizard


Export your package to XMI.


Export to XMI


Create a reference to the XMI file in the MTS file; open your MTS file in a text editor and copy and paste the following <ModelTemplates> block at the top level inside the <MDG.Selections> block:



  <Model name="Template Name"

         description="This is the description."



         icon = "34"

         filter= "Filter Name"




You can include as many <ModelTemplates> blocks in your MTS file as you have model templates.

The attributes within a <ModelTemplates> block have the following meanings:

Model name: The name of the model template to show in the Model Wizard, which displays when you create a new model or when you execute the Add a New Model using Wizard menu option
description: The text to display in the Model Wizard when the name is selected
location: The path of the XML file that contains the XMI export of the model template package, relative to the location of the MDG Technology file; if the XMI file is in the same folder as the technology file then this just contains the file name
default: Contains either yes to indicate that the model template is checked by default, or no to indicate that the model template is un-checked by default
icon: Contains an index to Enterprise Architect's base icons list; to show the appropriate view icon, use one of the following values: 29 = Use Case, 30 = Dynamic; 31 = Class; 32 = Component; 33 = Deployment; 34 = Simple
filter: If you have a large number of model templates, you can group them on the Model Wizard by giving all the model templates in the same group the same filter name; the filter name given appears in the Select from: list box in the Model Wizard
isFramework: Defines the possible uses of a model pattern; there are three possible values:
isFramework="true" - never strip GUIDs; the Pattern is intended as a re-usable package for any model
isFramework="optional" - prompt to strip GUIDs; the Pattern is intended as a re-usable package, but the user can choose
isFramework="false" - always strip GUIDs (the default, if not stated); the Pattern could be applied multiple times within the one model

Working with MTS Files

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