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Bugs and Issues / Re: Query timeout expired
« on: November 12, 2016, 02:39:59 am »
Likely a DB filesystem issue.  Cannot select all t_object as it hangs on DB level.

Ignore this comment for now.


Bugs and Issues / Query timeout expired
« on: November 12, 2016, 01:08:08 am »

Trying to connect to my EA database hosted on SQL Server 2008.  I'm getting Query Timout Expired when attempting to open a hosted model.

The database itself is in good order (cluster 16cpu, all in good shape, 9% busy, lots of memory).

Very odd - Everything was running fine.

How can I go about figuring out what is wrong with the db?  Running EA 12.1.1225.



A BPMN 2.0 diagram has Gateway nodes which can be Exclusive, Complex, Parallel, etc.  How do I get that type using the interface?  For all Parallel & Decision Gateway types, when I query the Element I get the following values: Type is "Decision", the Subtype is "0", SterotypeEx: "0", ClassifierType: "", MetaType:"Gateway", Gentype:"<none>".

State StartStop differ on Psuedo type with 3/4 but this doesnt seem to be the case with Gateway elements.  I cannot differentiate Decision from Parallel using anything other than the name, which would be incorrect.

What is the correct way to get the gateway type of the element?


Fantastic.  Thank you!


A state diagram has Initial and Final nodes. These nodes are differentiated by Psuedo state types.  How do I get that type using the interface?

An Initial element is an Element.  I can get the type which returns StateNode but I cannot differentiate Initial from Final using anything other than the name, which would be incorrect.

What is the correct way to get the psuedo type of the element?


Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA11 - Anything in the wishlist implemented?
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:31:06 am »
I asked for diagram themes about half a year ago.

In principle it doesn't go far enough to adjust the basic diagramming to compete with something stupid like BizAgi.

4 simple enhancements:

1. Rounded corners and connectors everywhere with auto routing
2. Connectors automatically snap to the middle of an edge of a component so that all connectors are neat with guide points.
3. Big Drop-shadows

Comments on implementation:
- Its the right capability just not solving the problem.
- The default needs to be improved so that ease of use is improved on default installation.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA 11 wishlist
« on: June 06, 2013, 03:14:34 am »
I have two requirements:

1. Enhance the diagram to make diagramming like bizagi.  Really, this is my biggest competitor to getting it adopted as a corporate wide standard.

2. Create an easier way to export the information as a website.  Provide a basic mechanism to allow people to extend/enhance the website generated so I can add a comment system to pages.  I wrote a script that publishes the model as a website every hour.  

I'll make this public if you wants it.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA 11 wishlist
« on: April 14, 2013, 03:52:22 am »
Some basic UI diagramming enhancements would get me to standardize the entire company's dev team (100+ engineers/developers/business analysts) on EA.

Alas, I don't believe any of my UI enhancement requests have even been acknowledged/prioritized.

I'm not even sure that the team have a consistent view on how to improve EA.

Each release seems to include a hap-hazard selection of stuff that makes no sense.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Diagram Filter - SQL/tagged values please
« on: November 17, 2011, 02:58:38 am »

I have the same/similar needs.  

More advanced diagrams would be fantastic as it allows you to present to an audience and quickly show different concerns in a visual manner.  I'd also like to be able to filter which components based on their participation in specific diagrams (activity, sequence, etc).  This allows me to take a large complex component diagram and show what a specific process affects.

I'd also like to filter based on connectors.


When I am in the "Diagram Filter" and click "New Filter" and move to the filter configuration, If you press "Help" and see ththe "Search On" documentation it shows how you can search for different types of structures.

I am unable to change my filter to anything other than "Element".  Anyone have comments on this?

Why can I define a Model Search on TagValues but I cannot use the same query on Diagram Filters?

When I use "Add Filter" in a Model Search I have full flexibility however I do not have this same flexibility in the Diagram Filter.   It seems as though Diagram Filter even uses the same "Add Filter" dialog except it is fixed to constrain "Element" types.

Model Search is exactly the capability I need (and I believe everyone else also needs it) however Diagram Filter is locked on Element?

This would allow you to write scripts to analyze and tag part of your model and then visualize it appropriately.


I would like to have dependencies, captured in sequence diagrams, automatically reflected as dependencies/associations in component diagrams.

If I have a number of components (upwards of 50 to 60) each with multiple interactions.  Each interaction has at least one sequence diagram captured.

Now, I would like to create a component diagram that shows all of these dependencies between components.  The information is already captured in the sequence diagram and I see no need to capture it again.  If I had to capture it twice then when someone updates the sequence diagram then they also have to adjust the component diagram.

Is this possible?

Thank you,

General Board / Re: Rotate Text On Image Element / Filled Boundary
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:35:19 pm »
Really....... really... !!!?

Why cant Sparx do a simple diagram only release?  Every release I see 40 to 50 enhancements/fixes which relate to functionality I don't need, but I am almost certain, that everyone needs enhancements to the actual diagram component.

General Board / Rotate Text On Image Element / Filled Boundary
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:31:04 pm »

I am trying to rotate the text on a component and on a boundary.

I'm feeling like my IQ is dropping a little as this must be implemented somewhere.  I might-as-well use visio.


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