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General Board / Re: Locked element import problem
« on: September 04, 2002, 06:29:52 am »

We weren't aware of any problem in this regard, we will need to investigate cause and once it is fixed we will let you know.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Import from Rational Rose
« on: August 19, 2002, 03:34:50 am »

EA supports import and export of UML model elements using the XMI 1.1/UML1.3 protocol.
This is supported in Rose by way of the free Unisys XML tools that can be downloaded for Rose on the Rational Website - you will need to download and install this add in first.

To use the Rose export to XMI - after installing the Unisys product, go to the Tools/Export to UML menu item and export
Run EA and select the XML file from the step above to import from.

You can also export from EA (check the Use Rose/Unisys format box when doing so) and import into Rose.

Warning: This is not a perfect process -
   Diagrams are not 'officially' supported in the XMI spec, so the diagram appearance is not always the same in either tool
   The Rose/Unisys tools seem to have periodic changes in format - which is a pain to keep up to date with
   The Rose/Unisys tools do not explicitly honor the UML13.DTD, so validation is difficult

Having said that, people are using this to move information into and out of EA and Rose.

Hope this explains the situation

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: How can I turn off code generation for a class
« on: September 04, 2002, 06:25:29 am »

To do a selective code generation do the following,  select 'Code Engineering' -> 'Generate Source Code' from the context menu of the package in the tree. You will then be  presented with a list of classes in that package, you can now select any class you want to generate code for and any that you don't want should remain unselected.

To clear the GenFile field of a class that Kelly has referred, click on the object in a diagram and then using the object properties docked bar, delete the value in 'Filename'.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: CPP and HPP files in different directories? Ho
« on: September 04, 2002, 06:13:55 am »

At the moment it is not possible to store the header and source files in different directory, however we do have this item on our list of future enhancements.  So we will be looking at including this at a future date.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Q: not able to resize synch bar with mouse
« on: August 27, 2002, 06:25:43 am »

I have just tried to resize a synch bar and was able to successfully do it, using the following procedure.  Select the bar (so that it is highlighted) then click and drag on one of the corner squares (that is shown once the object to selected) to the desired size.  You can also use the Ctrl + Arrow Keys to resize the object.

Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Problem with bigint of MS SQL Server 2000
« on: August 27, 2002, 05:09:43 am »

By default EA only supports SQLServer7 and because bigint is a new datatype for SQLServer2000 it is not recognised by EA's ODBC import process.  Unfortunately adding the bigint definition to the Reference -> Database datatypes will not change the import process, and EA will still import bigint as varchar (because this is the default).  We are currently reviewing the way the import process works in EA, so that the application does not need to be changed to support new products. ie the data contained in the Database Datatypes reference screen will control the mapping to the  ODBC datatype.   Sorry we couldn't couldn't be of more help at this stage.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Importing Conceptual Model From PowerDesigner
« on: August 27, 2002, 05:39:46 am »

Without looking at the XML that PowerDesigner produces it is a little hard to tell what would be the best method to import this information.  If the structure was similar to XMI then the easiest process would probably be to write some XSL to translate from one structure to another.  However if the two foramts are not similar then it would probably be easier to write a program to either convert the XML to XMI or read the XML and use EA's automation interface to update the model directly.  Hope this information helps.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Declaring Withevents in VB
« on: August 21, 2002, 06:30:08 am »

Try your first option with a stereotype of 'with events', notice the space between with and event.  EA should then recognise this stereotype and create the correct code.  Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: EA does not support win2k of chinses edition?
« on: August 19, 2002, 03:47:43 am »

I believe the problem you are describing is caused by the << >> characters around stereotypes, because these characters are in the upper 128 section of the 256 ascii character set they do not display correctly in languages such as yours.  There is an option to turn this feature off.  Goto 'View'->'Options...' and make sure the 'Use extended << and >> characters' checkbox is unchecked.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Reverse Engineering Notification
« on: August 17, 2002, 06:20:22 am »

EA does not store the date that last time a object was generated and it does not have any facilities to notify people, however you can bring up the Find Object screen and search for any object modified after a particular date.  This way is not dependant on someone else physically generating the source code again.  Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Simple way to retarget language to procude cod
« on: August 15, 2002, 06:35:20 am »

EA already contains a function that will do what you have asked for.  Right click on a package in the tree and select 'Code Engineering'->'Reset Options for this Package...'.  On this screen you have the ability to select the source language and the new target language as well as a couple of other options.  Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Import DDL from Oracle 9.2
« on: August 14, 2002, 06:47:18 am »

We have not tested EA with the version of Oracle you have mentioned, in theory all Oracle ODBC driver should work the same, however this is not the case.  My guess would be the internal name of the Oracle driver has changed and therefore EA cannot recognise the fact that it is an Oracle driver.  

We have written a small tester program that uses the same methods as EA does to read this internal name.  I would like to send you this program and get you to run it on your machine and send us the results.  Could you send us a note to  and we will forward you a copy of the tester program.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Problem on Activity Diagrams
« on: August 14, 2002, 06:37:52 am »

This is an internal error and it sounds like some information hasn't been saved correctly.  I think the easiest thing would be to send us a copy of the project (in zip format) to  and we will investigate the cause of the problem.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: VB Code Generate
« on: August 11, 2002, 06:16:10 am »

We have had a look at this and changed the default scope to be private when where instantiating methods from an implemented interface.  This change will be included in the next build which will be released within the last week.

Paul Mathers

General Board / Re: Installing patches
« on: August 11, 2002, 05:25:54 am »

The ea310.exe file is only kept for backup purposes, ie if you upgrade to the new version and then find for some reason you want to revent back to the previous version, you can rename ea.exe to something else and then rename ea310.exe back to ea.exe.  However if you would prefer to use another naming standard (like including the build number) you could do that.  We didn't use this standard because this could leave many versions of the application on the machine.  I hope this answers your questions

Paul Mathers

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