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Suggestions and Requests / forums available as rss and/or news
« on: October 03, 2005, 12:27:29 pm »
It's been a while since I contributed to EA forums - to be honest this mendium isn't conducive!

What about an rss feed or a news server?


General Board / Code import - c# and collections
« on: November 30, 2006, 06:33:35 am »
By setting the collection classes I can make a simple 1 to many relationship between Company and Employee to use a collection class called EmployeeList - that is great.


When importing fresh source in to a model - the exact same code misses the link between the collection and the '1-many link'. An 'Association' is created from 'Company' to 'EmployeeList' - but the whole concept of the 'Aggregation' is missed!

Is there any way to make EA realise that I have a collection in these cases?


General Board / Re: Tests - they seem to get a bit lost!
« on: January 20, 2006, 03:43:51 am »
Been looking in there recently - I have a test that failed and now passes - just wondering how that can be captured.

Firstly I think there needs to either be a way of storing multiple runs of a test or at least a 'duplicate test' option...

Anyway - now I have 2 test results - one that failed on Tuesday and one that passed today - but I also print a report of all failed tests as a quick heads-up on what's not working. Was immagining adding a new status type like "Used to Fail" which I could filter out but can't find where the test result list comes from  >:(

Alternatively I'm thinking of adding a type but it doesn't feel right (Standard, Load, Regression, Obsolete) - nah!

What are other people doing in these cases?


General Board / Re: Tests - they seem to get a bit lost!
« on: January 13, 2006, 10:46:11 am »
I agree - if they ended up as regular elements then they could be dependancy traced and I could control the reports much better!
Also then I could maybe point multiple requirements and other stuff at the same test - but isn't that what a TestCase is? And how would the testing pane then work?

There seems to be very little in the literature I have regarding how tests and testing fits into the UML. If I am going to put requirements in and trace things through use cases to code and deployment surely I want to link all that back so that I can test the final system against the initial requirements and verify with a measurable test-requirement coverage that we are 'done'. I just can't see how that can be acheived with EA at the moment.

I am starting to think that an external system that serves the early and late part (requirements gathering and testing against them) which feeds into EA through the DB or automation interface might be the best shot - has anyone done silimar?

General Board / Tests - they seem to get a bit lost!
« on: January 07, 2006, 10:56:22 am »
What are the guidelines for maintaining tests in EA?
I have a problem that they seem to get a bit lost - it's not obvious when an object has some tests - it seems that we have to select each object with the "Test Cases" pane open and see if there are some there. This is hampered by a missing aggregated 'All Tests' tab - so you have to flick between all of the test types as well.
So I resorted to an advanced search - that's better - I've found all of the objects within a section  of the tree that have test objects but as I use the keyboard goig up/down with the arrow keys in the search results list doesn't update the test pane (clicking does!).

Ok - So finally I want to run a tracability matrix to see if all of my requirement objects have tests and stuff like that - but they don't seem to appear in there  :(.

I am resorting to build test-cases packaged in use-cases where the use-case has a dependency stereotyped as "tests" (don't feel that is the right link) to the requirement and then putting a bunch of the tests into the use-case.

I think this is going to help a little but I think there is still a load of useful stuff that could be done with the tests (maybe there already is and I am missing it  ;))

General Board / Re: Drilldown link
« on: March 01, 2006, 01:01:04 am »
Agreed - I got that one, but was looking for something to press with my left hand which rests on the keyboard while I clicked with a button on my mouse with my right hand  ;D

General Board / Re: Drilldown link
« on: February 28, 2006, 02:45:41 am »
That's pretty cool! I didn't know it at the time, but that is exactly what I wanted too!

Is there a keyboard override to get to the properties of the composite object instead of the diagram on a double-click (like holding <ctrl> at the same time) - tried the usual suspects!


General Board / Re: Full, real-life example?
« on: February 12, 2006, 10:28:16 am »
I do think that EAExample just doesn't do justice to the best CASE tool I've encountered so far

Agreed - the UML is something that has varying interpretations and features within EA have Sparx's spin on them - there are times when I yearn fro something that helps to show EA's perspective in a particular instance - a guide for common process patterns within the tool.

Things that spring to mind are:

  • The concepts behind the relationship matrix and other features designed to help one traverse the dependancies of a model.

  • How the testing entries all fit together

  • Good model structure - goodf practices for packages and sub-diagrams and sub-objects.

I'm sure there are plenty - but each time there is going to be a UML task around which the explanations / examples will hang so you would get the best of both worlds.


General Board / Re: Status types on elements other than requiremen
« on: February 10, 2006, 05:53:42 am »
Thanks - the amber mono screen my great grandad gave me is in the skip now!

It was ticking the 'applies to' box - I thought that filtered the list on the drop down  :-[ rather like the stereotypes configuration   :o


General Board / Re: Status types on elements other than requiremen
« on: February 10, 2006, 03:32:39 am »
I have just tried this and I must say that I am not seeing the colour of anything changing  ???


General Board / Re: UCD Q: Difference between Basic Path & Sim
« on: February 10, 2006, 03:06:15 am »
Use Cases seem to be the prime focus of debate in any UML discussion I have.
There are various differences of opinion between UML-centric people and what I call Cockburn-centric (see "Writing Effective Use Cases", 2001) Use Case writing.

I try to sit somewhere in the middle.

Apart from all this confusion EA now adds this 'simple' path - which I find doesn't fit anywhere. Firstly it is very rare that a use case will have only one path - that implies that it hasn't been investigated far enough - and even if it did, surely that would be the Primary (Basic) path still - that way when you finally work out later on that there is actually an exception to the rule (which there always is) you don't have to go back and change the simple to something else.

Personally I am not very enthusiastic about the scenario entry tab in EA - it doesn't give enough room or tools to help that much. It would be much nicer if each of the lines could be automatically numbered and had some indentation management for extensions.
I am rapidly coming to the opinion that it is better to shove another diagram and objects underneath the use case to cover the scenarios at present.


General Board / No 'realize' in Quick-Link
« on: February 03, 2006, 02:41:43 pm »
Quick-Link between Requirements does not present 'Realize' as an option - is the available list definable somewhere or is not considered a 'normal' link?

I have quite a few links like this indicating that some 'new' finer-grain requirements realize some older coarse-grain requirement but I don't want to lose the old one.


General Board / Re: SYSML support announced in Build 778
« on: February 03, 2006, 02:36:33 pm »
I am also having trouble finding where/what is actually implemented relating to SYSML.

General Board / Re: Why is realization not in Class pane?
« on: December 29, 2005, 02:23:00 pm »
Interestingly on that point - if I go from 'maximised' (with enough v-pixels to see the whole list and, therefore, arrows greyed-out) then to 'restored' (without enough v-pixels to see the full list) then the little arrows don't enable again - one has to switch to another list and back to get the arrows to enable!


General Board / Re: Diagram Gate versus Message Endpoint
« on: December 22, 2005, 05:05:10 pm »
Was kinda looking for something a little 'tighter' than that - something that could be used in a dependency check...


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