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General Board / Re: RTF Style Templates
« on: August 15, 2003, 11:32:57 am »
I'd like to figure out a way to print constraints without having the carriage returns get stripped off.  My nicely laid out constraint descriptions get all mushed together in the RTF document, making them unreadable. (I'm describing calculations, although simple, require multiple lines to keep readable.)

Anyone have any ideas on this one?

General Board / Re: What does the red triangle mean?
« on: August 09, 2003, 05:55:19 am »
Cool!  Thanks, Potterm.  You learn somethin' new every day.


General Board / What does the red triangle mean?
« on: August 09, 2003, 04:50:07 am »
I have a custom diagram on which I have several entity classes. I have a small red triangle over the top center of one of them pointing down. I have no idea what this means.

Does anyone else know what this indicates?


General Board / Re: How are you Handling Change?
« on: August 08, 2003, 12:36:25 pm »
Javier: Do you use the "Phase" tag in EA to track the iteration?

If so, are there any tips and tricks as far as reporting goes?


General Board / How are you Handling Change?
« on: August 08, 2003, 08:04:34 am »
I'm wondering if I could get some general feedback about how others are handling changes to the model that they then need to disseminate for review and for updating the team.

My current thought goes something like the following for the initial pass:
1. Generate RTF documentation for version 1
2. Save as a Word document
3. Have it reviewed. The reviewer can use the track changes feature in Word to notate changes
4. Update the model
5. Re-generate the RTF doc
6. Check it into Source Safe, marking it as version 1.

For a revision, it would go something like:
1. Make changes in EA until you're ready for another pass to be reviewed and distributed.
2. Generate an RTF file
3. Overwrite the version 1 file, selecting Word's option to merge changes. This marks all changes as long as you have the track changes feature turned on.
4. Submit for review. The reviewer can just scroll through the parts that have changed.
5. Make edits from reviewer, check in, and distribute the doc. Again, all changes are marked and easily visible in the Word doc.
6. Accept all of the changes in the document before the next pass.

Does anyone have a better option than this?  This seems the only way to communicate each and every change for each new version of the document.


General Board / Line Breaks in RTF Constraints
« on: August 08, 2003, 07:59:35 am »
I'm writing constraints in my domain model to document requirements on a per-attribute basis.

My problem is that the RTF documentation generator strips out all of the line breaks I'm using to make my text readable!  For example:

The calculation is:

Unit Cost = Total Cost / Quantity

Note: If Quantity is zero, the result will be zero.

Turns into:
The calculation is: Unit Cost = Total Cost / Quantity Note: If Quantity is zero, the result will be zero.

Needless to say, this is a bit more difficult to read.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. One problem is that I cannot find any documentation for using the RTF template feature!  I have no idea what the codes mean, so I don't know if I can just create a custom template for attributes to not strip out the line breaks.


General Board / Re: Default Document Size
« on: August 05, 2003, 09:58:25 am »
Click View | Options, then click the Diagram node.

Click the Page Setup button and select Letter in the Size combo box.


General Board / Re: Copy Attributes and Operations?
« on: July 17, 2003, 04:50:58 am »
AWESOME!  Thanks, Bruce.  This is EXACTLY what I was looking for.


General Board / Copy Attributes and Operations?
« on: July 16, 2003, 10:56:13 am »
Does anyone know if there's a way to copy attributes and operations between classes? I know you can copy entire classes, but being able to copy individual pieces of a class would be a big benefit to me.

General Board / Re: Show Get-only Property in C# Class Diagram?
« on: July 17, 2003, 04:54:51 am »

Thanks for the suggestions. We rely heavily on code generation, so unfortunately, those suggestions do not work. EA depends upon "property" being the stereotype to know to generate the property getter and/or setter.

Code generation saves us hours and hours of time, so I don't think it's a viable option to stop using this feature. Perhaps the custom code generation templates will allow us to specify a set of stereotypes that trigger the property code generation.

General Board / Show Get-only Property in C# Class Diagram?
« on: July 16, 2003, 03:37:03 pm »
Does anyone know of any way to denote that a property is read-only in a class diagram for a C# class?  

It's great that I only need one operation for a property, but the problem is that I can't see what properties are read-only by looking at the diagram.  I have to remember to go to the Tags tab to figure it out, which sometimes results in problems that are only found once the code is generated.

General Board / Re: Display Use Case Text in Sequence Diagram?
« on: May 27, 2003, 10:45:21 am »
Thanks, Martin. I actually did the opposite--I pasted a link to the use case, linked the note, then deleted the use case and it kept the link.

The ONLY drawback I see is that I want to be able to add vertical space between the sections of the use case text, so that the sequence diagram steps will line up with the use case text.

So, something that is more involved will require more "white space" then simple steps.  I may end up copying in the text after all...we'll see.

General Board / Re: Display Use Case Text in Sequence Diagram?
« on: May 23, 2003, 03:44:04 am »
Now THAT is what I'd call a HOT FEATURE.  Holy crap!  This is a great tool!

Thank you, Kelly.


General Board / Display Use Case Text in Sequence Diagram?
« on: May 22, 2003, 08:07:02 am »
We're using the ICONIX process, which includes the use case text down the left-hand side of the sequence digram. Is there any way to display this information besides copying and pasting the text into a note?

It would be great if there was some way to display this information in a way that wouldn't require me to tweak the text in two places if I had to make a change.

General Board / Weight in Scenario Type
« on: July 08, 2003, 02:23:56 pm »
Does anyone know what the "Weight" is used for that's part of each Scenario Type (Reference -> General Types -> Scenarios...)?

I would have expected it's used to sort the scenarios automatically in the UI and when generating RTF documentation, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

It's not a huge deal to reorder the scenarios manually, but I was just wondering what this field is used for?  

(I want to order my scenarios Basic Flow, Alternative Flows, Subflows, and Scenarios in the RTF documentation.)

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