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Explore Panel

You can use the 'Explore' panel to navigate the repository and explore its contents. Most repositories will contain thousands - if not tens of thousands - of elements, and having tools to navigate through and locate items of interest is critical when working in the repository. There are a number of Browsers that are tree views, showing the hierarchical relationships of Packages (folders), elements, diagrams, features, resources, views, items and more. The 'Properties' option provides access to a collection of windows that provide information about the model and system activity. They provide a rich set of methods for viewing information about elements as you navigate through them in diagrams or the Project Browser. The Notes window provides descriptive text, the Summary window lists the important aspects of an element and the Properties window provides details of an element's metadata and more. The 'Trace' option provides facilities for following relationships and linkages between elements through the model. The Search helps you to find elements, diagrams and Packages regardless of their location.

Explore panel of the Start ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Available Facilities

Facility

Description

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Browse

Click on this icon to select from a list of tools for displaying the structure and content of the model, including:

  • Project Bowser - displays the 'Global' tab of the Project Browser, which lists the entire contents of the project
  • Context Browser - displays the 'Context' tab of the Project Browser, which shows only the selected node and its contents
  • Navigator - displays and hides the Navigator bar, which helps you to navigate the hierarchy of Packages in the repository using a textual breadcrumb control, showing you the current Package location
  • Element Browser - shows a summary of the added properties of the selected element
  • Team Library - use to review and add to a hierarchically-structured repository of comments, reports, reviews and documents on any structure, feature or aspect of the project or of other, related projects
  • Model Views - use to capture information on the objects in your model from different aspects that you define yourself, helping you to encapsulate your model under the areas in which you are interested
  • Resources - a repository of project-standard and re-usable document generation templates, MDG Technologies, Relationship Matrix profiles, commonly-used model elements, stylesheets, UML Profiles and Patterns, with facilities for creating and modifying these structures and facilities and, in some cases, for applying the facility to the current model directly from the window
  • System Output - displays the data that Enterprise Architect generates during each of a range of processes; the data from each type of operation generally has its own window tab
Using the Context Tab Navigator Toolbar Model Views The Element Browser Resources Window Team Library The System Output Window The Project Browser

Properties

Click on this icon to select from a list of Properties pages and windows for the features and internal contents of elements, such as the:

  • Properties dialog - displaying the name, status, and general properties of the object
  • Notes window - displaying any notes created for the object
  • 'Requirements' page of the Responsibilities window
  • 'Constraints' page of the Responsibilities window
  • 'Scenarios' page of the Responsibilities window
  • Features window for attributes, operations, receptions, Parts/Properties, Interaction Points and Connection Points
  • Tagged Values window - add, edit and delete Tagged Values on the currently-selected element
  • Summary - displaying the Summary View showing the object properties
  • Linked Document - displaying the Document window showing the 'Linked Document' tab
  • Construct - displaying the Construct window to add resources and project management items to the object
Tagged Values Notes Properties Dialog Responsibilities The Construct Facility Linked Documents in the Document Window

Trace

Click on the drop-down arrow to select from a list of options for reviewing relationships and relationship chains and performing a Gap Analysis on the model or part of the model:

  • Relationships -provides a comprehensive view of all relationships of one or more selected elements, showing the type, direction, stereotype, source and target elements, and characteristics of the source and target elements
  • Traceability - helps you follow the connections in a chain of elements, starting with a single element to establish the dependencies radiating from that element
  • Relationship Matrix - shows how sets of elements in one Package are linked to each other, or to elements in another Package, and helps you to add and delete relationships where necessary
  • Gap Analysis Matrix - helps you explore the implementation of features in the model, and identify potential gaps between solution architectures
Gap Analysis Matrix The Relationships Window The Traceability Window Relationship Matrix

Search

Click on the drop-down arrow to display this selection of search facilities that you can use to locate objects in the model, or code in source files.

  • Model - display the Find in Project view, which provides access to the full range of standard and customized searches in your project
  • Files - locate and open source files having specific characteristics, using the 'Find in Files' dialog
  • Recent Diagrams - display the 'Find in Project' view defaulted to an executed specific search for recently modified (that is, Active) diagrams. The default time period is the three days prior to today's date
  • Recent Elements - display the 'Find in Project' view defaulted to an executed specific search for recently modified (that is, Active) elements. The default time period is the three days prior to today's date
  • Recent Tasks - display the 'Find in Project' view defaulted to an executed specific search for Active Tasks (those that are in progress)
  • Diagram - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the Diagram Details search to locate diagrams of a specific name or type
  • Package - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the Find Package search to locate Packages of a specific name or type
  • Browse for Diagram - locate and select a specific diagram using the 'Select Classifier' dialog, which shows the full hierarchy of Packages in the model
  • Browse for Package - locate and select a specific Package using the 'Find Package' dialog, which shows the full hierarchy of Packages in the model
Model Search Select Dialog Search in Files

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