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General Board / Losing objects when synchronizing?
« on: April 09, 2003, 08:22:00 am »
We've been experiencing issues where objects disappear after a synchronization.  Its getting to a point where I cannot handle the risk of losing parts of our model.

This morning I synced with the master, and I lost most of the attributes off classes on which I had modified an attribute.  I lost all attributes except the ones that had been modified.  They just disappeared and it is going to take some significant time to recreate them.

At this point I am very nervous about using the product with any sort of replication.

Has anyone else had issues with this?

General Board / Attribute length without 'table' stereotype?
« on: April 15, 2003, 11:00:03 am »
I want to use stereotypes to classify some of my classes as 'Siebel business component'.  I also want to record the length of Siebel 'DTYPE_TEXT' fields.  However if I do not use the 'table' stereotype, I cannot specify the length of attributes.

I've browsed the Access tables looking for some internal meta-data that instructs EA how to deal with a stereotype.  Is the 'table' stereotype hard-coded, or is there a way for me to tell EA to support attribute length for other stereotypes?

General Board / Bug - creating constraint on attribute of a class?
« on: April 09, 2003, 08:09:40 am »
I can't seem to save a constraint I have added to an attribute of a class.  Sometimes they are saved, sometimes they are not.  For example, I cannot save a constraint with a name of 'Enumeration', but I can save one with a name of 'Values'.  I don't get an error, the constraint just does not appear when I press save.

Related to this, I believe I had set up constraints with this name prior to the latest release.  I installed build 606 this morning.  The constraints appear to have disappeared?

General Board / Re: Import into Rose - how?
« on: April 23, 2002, 10:27:55 am »
Thanks Geoff, will look forward to it in the next release, even though I much prefer working in EA than Rose.

BTW where is the next release, I need my weekly fix  ;)  BTW I really admire your practive of putting out 'weekly' releases with incremental improvements.  Are you using automated testing tools for regression testing?


General Board / Re: Import into Rose - how?
« on: April 19, 2002, 09:45:54 am »
I've been able to get a basic import working, by running the entire model thru, and manually making sure the DTDs used by both tools are in the directory where the XML document is.

But much of the model information is lost along the way.  Our model is principally packages, nodes and components, with a small class diagram.

- components are turned into 'component-stereotyped' classes in Rose's logical view.
- all diagram info is lost.  This alone makes it pretty onerous as the diagrams would take a long time to reproduce.
- associations are lost

The Rose import interface is flakely and reports many occurrences of the dreaded VB 'object or with block variable not set' error.  It also seems to dislike the XMI document syntax in a few places.

All in all, unless you want to get only a basic verson of each object into Rose, its not a viable route.

General Board / Re: Import into Rose - how?
« on: April 17, 2002, 09:16:51 am »
Using the latest version of Rose Enteprise, circa 2002 I believe.

I was doing a bit more research, and noticed in the EA User Guide that I should be trying to export a complete model to Rose, not a single package.  And I haven't seriously attacked this problem yet.  Therefore let me try a few more things before taking you up on your offer to look at the XML.


General Board / Re: Import into Rose - how?
« on: April 10, 2002, 11:27:01 am »
Thanks Paul, I found the importer just after posting, have installed it.  Unfortunatley I get syntax errors very early in the import, or Rose GPF's.  Trying various options to try to get it to work.  Any suggestions, other than keeping it simple?


General Board / Import into Rose - how?
« on: April 08, 2002, 11:29:23 am »
Can anyone tell me how to import an EA package into Rose?  I think I know what to do on the EA end - generage an XMI file for the package.  But I cannot find anything in the Rose user interface for importing this package!

I'm working with a client who has 5 copies of Rose  :P gathering dust, would like to use EA  :D but would feel better knowing that its possible to eventually take the models into Rose.

Thanks in advance,

General Board / Re: Error Loading Diagram
« on: April 19, 2002, 09:18:25 am »
Could it be an underlying database error?  Could an Access 'repair database' help?


General Board / Reverse engineering VB to document
« on: April 17, 2002, 09:30:01 am »
I need to reverse-engineer some VB code to produce system documentation, and of course to support forward-engineering of the code.

Two questions:

1.  Other than what is in the user guide, is there a recommended approach?

2.  How does EA parse out VB comments - what are the rules?  it appears that it picks up comment lines prefixed with '' (two single quotes) that appear in front of procedeure declarations.  Are the full rules documented anywhere? (I've looked).

3.  Oops three questions actually.  How difficult would it be for EA to find class references to create links between classes?  Any plans for this?  This is what would really be useful.

BTW we built such a tool in the mid eighties in the Tandem environment, and the ability to forward/reverse engineer while picking up references to all objects in the code was truly awesome.  All it took was establishing some solid naming conventions oin advance.  True, however, that if becomes part compiler and less of a simple scanner.


General Board / Re: new to EA 3.10
« on: April 17, 2002, 09:13:18 am »
I have not used this feature yet, but ... I think if you organize your diagrams/classes into packages, you can use 'controlled' packages which link to a configuration management system (e.g. MS SourceSafe).  If one user checks out a package XMI file and is editting the package in EA, then in theory the package and its contents should be locked to the other users.  You will have to read the User Guide and see how EA behaves.


General Board / Re: Printing objects referenced in a diagram
« on: April 16, 2002, 12:13:17 pm »

Thanks for the workaround.  The diagram-based approach is nice because it allows you to have a single object participate in multiple ''views', which is what I need.  For now I will print the entire spec and have the users navigate themselves.

Small issue.  Still love the tool.   :)


General Board / Printing objects referenced in a diagram
« on: April 15, 2002, 11:05:30 am »
We have a fairly large component model, and we are adding to it a number of increases in scope.  This is a typical 'change request' scenario, where the users have identified 6-8 changes, each of which impacts 10 or more components.

The approach we have taken is to update each of the components with the impact of the change, and use a diagram to show an overall picture of the components affected by the change.  But I find that I cannot print documentation for only those objects referenced by a diagram in a package.

I think this would be a useful addition - a new RTF Documentation parameter that indicates that objects referenced in diagrams are to be exploded in the documentation.  I say 'exploded' and not 'included' as a diagram object might be a package.

I've looked for other ways to identify the components related to a change, but cannot use version (a single component is part of many changes) or date.

Its really a collection of objects that I want to print, and I can't move them to their own package.  A diagram would work perfectly for me.

Any thoughts?


General Board / Re: The Nightmare of EA & the file system
« on: April 15, 2002, 10:54:43 am »
Could you extend this facility so that it also applies to generic files attached to any object on the Files tab of the property sheet?  

Otherwise one has to use the web notatation specification 'file://directory/myfile.doc'.  This works if files never change locations, but does not enable users to use the layer oif redirection to move files around as required.


General Board / Re: Issues Issues
« on: February 25, 2002, 02:17:57 pm »

I'm interested in reporting too.  I'd be very interested in getting something that could produce reports, especially in HTML.


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