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General Board / Re: Branching the Model for New R&D Team
« on: May 04, 2010, 06:22:18 am »
Thanks again for the advice! We just had a meeting and will be incorporating your ideas.


General Board / Re: Branching the Model for New R&D Team
« on: May 04, 2010, 03:37:34 am »
Thank you, Geert. It sounds like maybe we'll just try to "wing it," maybe using the baseline feature to help us understand what changed.


General Board / Branching the Model for New R&D Team
« on: April 30, 2010, 01:35:06 pm »
Here's the deal. I have a new team that I'm ramping up that's going to add a new area to our product. We're going to branch the source code so they can work in isolation for about 6 months to build the new area, without interrupting the core product's team ability to ship additional releases during that time.

My challenge is determining how to allow the new team to work on their own independent EA model for the product, and merge their changes back into the "real" EA model (the one for the core team) when they are ready to merge their new area of the product into the main team's code base.

Until that time, I don't want the main team confused by changes and additions made by the R&D team so I want to keep them isolated.

Does anyone have advice on the best way to handle this?
* Make a copy of the model, export to XMI when ready to merge, and do a diff and merge, and import the result?
* Use version control at the package level? (I've played around with this and the implementation leaves a lot to be desired when you're used to Visual Studio's integration with Team Foundation Server.)
* Use version control of an entire EAP model file?

Any sggestions would be greatly appreciated.


General Board / Re: Source Safe - Configure for Entire Project?
« on: November 12, 2003, 07:26:07 am »
Proposed solution:

1. Open Visual Studio
2. Copy how it works with source control.

I know, an oversimplification, but this is an example of "if you can't do it right, don't do it at all."  I'm sure a lot of time and energy went into designing and coding the feature, but it was designed in a fashion that doesn't solve the problem.

General Board / Re: Source Safe - Configure for Entire Project?
« on: November 04, 2003, 05:51:19 pm »
Hmmm.  OK.  I guess it isn't what I was expecting when it was announced. I'm trying to eliminate the shared database on our network by checking the model into Source Safe in its entirety.


- Dave

General Board / Source Safe - Configure for Entire Project?
« on: November 03, 2003, 08:50:05 am »
Now that Source Safe integration has been added, I intuitively expected to do something like the following, based upon my experience with Visual Studio:

1. Configure EA so it recognizes that I'm using Visual Source Safe, providing my user name, etc.
2. Right-click on the root node, and click something like, "Add Model to Source Control..."
3. Specify the name and location of the project in Source Safe.

That's it.  Now, this isn't EXACTLY what I'm seeing.  It appears that I need to configure source control for every single package in the entire project, including sub-packages.  It appears that I need to manually type in file names and versions.

It's really strange, and I'm not sure exactly why I would need to go through all of this.  One mouse click and one dialog should handle it.

Is there any other way to configure a model to use source control?  Is it really this difficult?  Or am I missing something.

Thanks in advance,


General Board / Re: Where's EA-Req Pro (from World EIT)
« on: June 17, 2003, 06:00:22 am »

For those of us unfamiliar with your project, can you explain a little bit about what benefits your EA add-on will provide, while we're waiting for the Web site to come back up?

I'm curious to hear about the functionality that your product will provide that is not included in Enterprise Architect.


General Board / Hide Sequence Message Parameters
« on: September 23, 2003, 01:22:32 pm »
Is there any way to completely hide parameters for sequence messages? I thought I had figured out a way to do this at some point, but now I can't figure it out.

Thanks in advance,

General Board / Embed, as opposed to link file?
« on: September 19, 2003, 07:25:38 pm »
Does anyone know if the ability to embed a file inside the EA database has been added?

I'd like to be able to write my use cases (which can run up to 20 or 30 pages) in Word, but still model them in EA. I'd then attach the Word doc to the use case.

Needless to say, I don't want to just link to the doc; I want to have the doc accessible by any user viewing the model.


General Board / Re: EA 3.60 Beta
« on: August 18, 2003, 05:18:34 am »
I second that motion!  It would be great if I could have that selection dialog wherever I can select a type from a combo box.

General Board / Re: HELP! on UI Models
« on: August 19, 2003, 12:44:45 pm »

The tricky part is that I have two levels of requirements. I have "core" requirements that apply wherever the control is used, but then I have specialized requirements that apply only for a particular form/control combination.

We've started to try out the component idea and it appears that it will work, as a side benefit, it is helpful to have a construct that supports generalization, since even among our standard control requirements, there is a hierarchy.

For example, we have a standard "Combo Box" that has certain behaviors. From that, we can get a "Category Combo Box" that adds or modifies base Combo Box behaviors.

Even though this is not a technically "correct" use of the UML Component construct, I think it's going to work pretty well for our particular problem.

General Board / Re: HELP! on UI Models
« on: August 18, 2003, 10:49:17 am »
You know, reading another post has made me realize that if I could use Entity as an instance classifier, this should solve my problem.

I could create a "UI Domain Model" that models that different user interface controls I need, including the "standard" behavior.

What's nice about that, is that Entities don't appear in the Type list when selecting the type for an attribute or return type for a method.

I could then create UI objects, set their instance classifier, and be done with it.

What I could do, while I'm waiting for Sparx to consider that change, is use a Component to model a UI component. This wouldn't be using the UML definition of a component in the truest sense, since I'd be modeling a "conceptual" component, but it would allow me to do what I need.

Anyone have any additional thoughts on this matter?


General Board / HELP! on UI Models
« on: August 18, 2003, 10:27:25 am »
My problem:

We're designing a Windows app that uses UI controls with specific behavior in multiple UI forms.  Most of the behavior is the same, regardless of where the control is used, but there are some exceptions to this rule. This means I need to be able to specify both "standard" behavior as well as "special" behavior.

Example: "State Text Box"
Standard requirements:
- Max length is 5 characters
- Forces characters to uppercase as they're entered

Special requirements:
- On this form, the State text box is disabled if the user has not yet entered the company name

Here are my ideas for possible solutions:
1. Either specify the "standard" requirements with the UI classes themselves, then add instances of the controls to a custom diagram that shows the mock-up of the UI.
   - Benefit: Since my problem fits nicely into a class/object paradigm, this solution would accomplish my goal well.
   - Drawback: I'm coupling the requirements to the implementation model. Theoretically, the UI mode shouldn't "know" about the implementation model.

2. Create special "UI requirements" classes, and do the same thing above.
  - Benefit: I keep the UI requirements decoupled from the implementation design
  - Drawback: Whenever I use the combo box to select a type for an attribute or method return type, I'll see all of my "requirements" classes

3. Create a completely separate model for the UI requirements, and use the method outlined in #2 above.
  - Benefit: I won't have my type lists being cluttered by strange types
  - Drawback: Now I need to manage two separate models, and flip between them to look at different types of information.

You know, the best solution would be if I had the ability, on a per-package basis to select an option that says, "Don't show classes in this package in type list." This would solve my problem.

Does anyone out there have any other ideas? What do you think is the best solution?


General Board / Re: <br> in HTML Documentation
« on: August 18, 2003, 04:55:08 am »
I should have been more clear.

I'm seeing "<br>" on-screen instead of the text being wrapped to the next line.

So, in other words, it appears that EA is TRYING to build the HTML with the line breaks built in, but <br> is appearing instead of a line break when I view the documentation in IE.

General Board / <br> in HTML Documentation
« on: August 15, 2003, 12:55:09 pm »
I have constraints on my entity properties that have carriage returns/line feeds in them. As I posted in other threads, I haven't had luck with the RTF documentation printing these correctly, so I tried the HTML documentation.

It APPEARS that it's trying to put them in, but they just show up as "<br>" in the HTML docs, as opposed to carriage returns.

Anyone have any idea how to fix this? Or is this simply a  bug in EA?


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