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Suggestions and Requests / Special icons for elements with linked documents
« on: December 05, 2014, 06:53:31 pm »
This might be a good idea to display slightly modified icons in Project Browser for elements and packages with linked documents.

When on a diagram, such elements are marked with red "A" letter.
The same way to mark elements in Project Browser would be helpful in large projects, especially in multi-user projects projects, when sometimes the most of the notes is placed inside a linked document because of attached tables or pictures.

General Board / Sending and recieving parameterized signals
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:01:17 pm »
Hello, All!

My activity diagram contains two parallel flows:
  • Flow A periodically generates some random number and throws a signal using action of "SendSignal" kind
  • Flow B listens to signals (using action of "AcceptEvent" kind) and performs some action depending on the random number generated in flow A
When running simulation everything works as a charm, except I can't succeed in passing parameters to signal on SendSignal action and reading these parameters on AcceptEvent action.

Can anyone, please, explain:
  • How to assign values to signal attributes in SendSignal action? (there is an ability to bind input pins of SendSignal to signal attributes, but I suppose it doesn't work as expected)
  • How to read attributes of received signal in AcceptEvent action?
I am using EA 11.1.1113 with Corporate license.

Thank you!

General Board / Re: Verify EA application version connecting to re
« on: April 05, 2015, 11:58:16 pm »
Thank you for suggestions, Q!

But the problem is:
 - some employees do not use any add-in at all
 - some employees may firstly install EA and only later install required add-in

Beta or newest trial version can easily be downloaded by any employee and installed and potentially contain a bug ('cause it's "beta") or some incompatible behavior.

And there is no way to prevent someone from going to his local "c:\distribs" or whatever folder and installing some legacy version.

General Board / Verify EA application version connecting to repo
« on: April 05, 2015, 11:03:01 pm »
Hello all!

In our company we are using a DBMS-based repository shared with different workgroups. Each workgroup has their own license pool and is able to use their own EA aplication version. The owner workgroup of the repository not long ago upgraded their licenses and asked group employees to install EA v11. But we still can not be sure employees from other workgroups are not using some legacy, beta or brand-new versions of EA application.

We suppose the simultaneous use of different client application versions can break the repository or some of it's elements. As for EA8 and EA11 - we'd already made some tests and figured out limitations, but we can't repeat those tests on any EA version.

Now we would like to monitor (or, preferably, to limit) access to our repository for untested versions of EA applications. Using add-ins is not an option: we are unable to force employees installing any kind of validating add-in. Workflow scripts are also of no use: from within those scripts there is no access to client app version data.

Any suggestions on how to limit repository clients by EA version would be appreciated. Thank you!

General Board / Re: EA v12 (BETA) feedback
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:26:16 am »
Found this feature on EA12 description page:
Support for XMI merge using Baseline Merge sets. Provide the ability to selectively merge sets of changes in a multi-user environment. Each user must supply both an XMI of their current work, plus a Baseline merge file detailing how their XMI differs from the original. Only the listed changes are merged and all other changes to the Master package remain untouched.

Does it mean, that two or more users can simultaneously check-out the same version-controlled package and then check-in only the elements they changed?

Whether so or not - could anyone, please, explain, how to find and try this new feature?

Thank you.

General Board / Re: Document storage in EA
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:56:14 pm »
in EA11 you can create "internal artifact" by drag-n-dropping files  directly inside the model. So, file format is not limited to RTF only.

The files are stored in the model, but their content is managed by external associated applications.

Unfortunately, I could'n make the contents of such documents appear in model reports.

General Board / Re: Using EA v8 and EA v11 in parallel
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:32:17 pm »
Uffe, thank you!
Currently, we are deploying test repository and preparing a test plan. Known issues (like the one with enumerations or the other one with templates) are very helpful now.

General Board / Re: Using EA v8 and EA v11 in parallel
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:20:36 pm »
Tried running the query: less than 10 elements having object_type "class" and stereotype "enumeration". Not a big deal :)

We mostly develop requirements, not architechtural models.
We never use "Maintenance" items at element level, but we have lot of custom RTF templates. Our elements often contain Linked Documents.
Any known issues on these features?

General Board / Re: Using EA v8 and EA v11 in parallel
« on: June 23, 2014, 04:18:04 pm »
Q, Simon, thanks!
How can I determine those incompatible features without totally testing our repository? Should I compare DB schema&? Or is there already some info in [un]official documentation?

What exactly do you mean saying "enumerations"? Are they some EA basic lists (list of permissions, list of supported element types) or anything else?

Thanks again.

General Board / Using EA v8 and EA v11 in parallel
« on: June 21, 2014, 01:05:59 am »

We have two teams using the same SQL server hosted repository. This repository was created under EAv8 some years ago and currently stores lot of models and elements (10k+ at least).

One of the teams is about to upgrade their licenses and wish to install EA v11 client software.

The question is, whether it's possible to continue using two different versions of EA in parallel without loosing or corrupting any data in shared repository? Splitting our repository in two (one - to manage under EA8, the other - to manage under EA11 is not an option)

Thank you!

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 11 RTF bork bork bork
« on: December 08, 2014, 08:45:38 pm »
First we reproduced it under 8.0.858, but it is still reproducible under 11.1.1111 and 11.1.1112

I'll try to share the repository later over priority support page, but I have to obfuscate the data. The obfuscating tool from Sparx, I've seen lately in some topic, works fine but does nothing with linked documents.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 11 RTF bork bork bork
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:52:44 pm »
Geert, sorry, but the case is reproducible both on 32 and 64 bit systems. And the only way to fix it was changing that max GDI object limit.

eaDocx is a nice tool, but at a time there is no opportunity to migrate to it.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 11 RTF bork bork bork
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:46:39 am »
We've noticed similar behavior (EA crashes upon RTF generation or resulting document is incomplete).
The one is reproducible on large packages (hundreds of elements, about 2k pages in document)

The problem was in leaking GDI objects in EA.exe process: it reached the limit of 10.000 (Windows-defined per-process limit) and generation stopped. We solved the problem by increasing MaxGDIObjects limit in Windows registry.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Report Writer 11.1 not as good as 11
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:27:39 pm »
Q, nice tool, thank you! We've just been looking for solution of securely sending a bug.

But I have to mention, this tool doesn't change the contents of "linked documents", so it's possible to occasionally leak some data to Sparx.

Bugs and Issues / Parameterized custom SQL search & model document
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:43:15 pm »
Dear All,

Faced this issue while trying EA11, build 1107:

1. Create custom SQL search "MySearch" with the statement
Code: [Select]
SELECT ea_guid AS CLASSGUID, Object_Type AS CLASSTYPE, Name FROM t_object WHERE t_object.Name='<Search Term>'
2. Add Requirement element to project. Name new element 'MY_SEARCH_TEST'

3. Create new master document 'TEST MASTER DOC'

4. Add new model document to 'TEST MASTER DOC', fill model document's tagged values as follows:
Code: [Select]

5. Run RTF report on 'TEST MASTER DOC'

6. No report is generated. Message 'SQL Search selected or zero results returned' is displayed in the output window.

On running the same search manually with the same search term I get no error and 'MY_SEARCH_TEST' element is selected.

Using non-parameterized search as model document data source returns no errors and report is generated as expected.

Reproducing steps 1-6 in EA8 returns no errors and report is generated as expected

What am I doing wrong? Isn't it a kind of bug?

Thank you!

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