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General Board / Building Profiles and Patterns
« on: February 03, 2003, 06:45:09 pm »
Hi folks,

Just wanted to ask a couple of questions about patterns and profiles.

1) Are there any resources about how to build our own UML profiles? Or will we have to decode the XML in the file ourselves?

1a) The custom icons that some stereotypes in the profiles show... where do these come from? They don't seem to be in the XML file. Are they hard-coded into EA?

2) I've built and saved a pattern, but am rather annoyed that I can only put one pattern in a file. I'd like to build a file called GoF Design Patterns, and load that. How do I go about combining different files?

Thanks in advance,


General Board / Business Case for Enterprise Architect
« on: November 12, 2002, 11:12:46 pm »
Hi folks...

We're looking to get EA adopted as a CASE tool for our team. We've been told to put together a business case for the app. Can anyone suggest the features the EA brings?

The main competion is Visio and Rational Rose. We do Microsoft-base web development (i.e. using MS SQL, ASP, normal web-type bits, COM, and so on)

Current ideas are:
  • productivity (we'll do some metrics)
  • good modelling ability (a little vague... specific measures, anyone?)
  • a single repository for documentation
  • UML support
  • Documentation... although I feel a little week on this
  • testing support
  • code generation (which we don't actually use yet  :-/)

Any other suggestions?



General Board / Anyone know of a Business Analyst community?
« on: October 10, 2002, 11:01:15 pm »

I'm just wondering if anyone is aware of an active Business Analyst/Systems Analyst community. I'm a big believer in such things as knowledge sharing places. I've had a look around the web, and couldn't find much. It seems like an oversite.

What I'm looking for is a discussion board/mailing list/some other thing where people exchange knowledge about business analysis... requirements gathering, solutions, and so on. (This board probably counts as a modelling community.)

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

General Board / Robustness Diagrams
« on: September 02, 2002, 05:44:41 pm »
Hi folks,

I'm trying to create some robustness diagrams in EA. (e.g. something like...)

The problem I'm having with EA is in the creation of the Interface, Entity and Control objects. In order to get the effect I'm after, I'm using a logical diagram, and using objects of sterotype 'case worker', 'entity' and 'worker'.  This is a) somewhat inconvient, and b) ends up with little men in the Control and Interface objects (what does this stick figure signify anyway?)

What I'd prefer is to have the icons available in the toolbar. (They are sort of available in the sequence diagram. But - this includes an object lifeline, and is always positioned at the top of the page.)

Is there an easier way to make robustness diagrams than changing the sterotypes of classes or objects?


Michael Ruschena

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