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Suggestions and Requests / Re: DOORs interface
« on: January 16, 2010, 12:37:26 am »
Unfortunately there is none as there is no sync mechanism back and forth. If you change or move a requirement which has been imported by DOORS it will be overwritten by the next import.



Suggestions and Requests / Re: Question about licence
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:34:00 pm »
I never report a bug in this way, but I want to... just hope to speed up things. But if  I do that, would I receive email if any question occures on the Sparx side?

The license account is independent from your mail address. You log into the Sparx site as a registered user with the registered user ID and password. When reporting a bug from there you give your email address for further correspondence.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Make minimize application work
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:37:57 pm »

When I have a note open on a diagram (that means: have a diagram on your screen and make a new note, or edit an existing one), than this minimize option does not work. But this is not the only place, EA behaves wierd. It was just an example, it acts the same way if I have the properties open on that same diagram, and I suppose there are a lot more occasions of that wierd behaviour.

This is what Simon refered to when talking about "modal dialogs". The properties dialog is implemented as modal as well as a few others which prevent EA from being minimised that way. The notes window (Shift-Ctrl-1) is not and I could easily minimise EA having it open, docked and undocked.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: New online lesson
« on: December 11, 2009, 07:30:06 pm »

Errm, on my way to work I actually drive past a construction site and I am not quite sure but that beast lookes almost the same as the device with which they tar the road. Well, that one has wheels, but besides that, it looks rather similar  8-) ;D


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Gantt chart?
« on: December 08, 2009, 12:14:13 am »
Hi Oliver,

Yes, I know that TA relies on the EA resource and allocation data, but it used it's own entry for the resource, when I was testing it.

Not sure which version you have been testing but all versions I have worked with including the latest syncs with the resource field from the project management view.
Though I'd not deny that in rather early versions this could have been different.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Gantt chart?
« on: December 04, 2009, 10:53:10 pm »
I personally wasn't very satisfied with TimeArchitect, because it uses a slightly different data structure than EA default. EA allows resource allocation on tasks, where TimeArchitect doesn't (didn't at that time I've evaluated it).

TA indeed does rely on the EA data for resource allocation and efforts. It just enriches them with a UML profile and tagged values.
If you change some assignments in TA and save them they are populated into the EA element information.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: GUID integrity
« on: December 01, 2009, 12:10:47 am »
But, then again, my problem is winning the lottery one time in a row.   :(

I have that very same problem so the chances that one of us is winning the lottery once have at least doubled.

BTW, does it affect propability that I never play such things?  ;)


Suggestions and Requests / Re: GUID integrity
« on: November 28, 2009, 02:05:08 am »
To summarize the GUID issue and to add what Geert said:

The GUID is unique across all elements inside a EA project (propably also outside though I have not checked this).
GUIDs never change for an element unless it is deleted and recreated.

Exporting elements also exports the GUIDs, reimporting the elements reimports them with the former GUIDs so that all references to elements are still valid and existing. New elements in the xmi file get new unique GUIDs.

Reimporting the elements with the "strip GUID" option set reimports the elements with new GUIDs (by freshly/redundantly creating those) so references from the former project are not restored.


Vote vote vote


My above point was pointed at your requirement to organize your model not with regard to modeling issues but with regard to documentation requirements. This is a way which I do not recommend as it might lead to a chaotic approach in the end. Your model might not reflect the way it is built but the way people would like to see it documented.
So it is a very good idea to clearly separate views (eg. a RTF report) from the model.


Nevertheless, displaying sub-packages at the end of a package as in the export would still be desirable, as well as the project-related free sorting option.

Again, you can do this in the RTF template by specifying the child packages section to reside at the desired location.


Current (Nov. 2009, build 848) situation and it's restrictions:
With the correct setting of the project browser options ("allow free sorting"), it is possible to freely sort all objects - except diagrams and sub-packages. These are always positioned at the top of the package (first diagrams, then sub-packages), which is not acceptable when writing reports. In typical reports, it should be possible to insert images (positioned in the diagrams) at every point of the structure. Sub-packages are exported at the correct position in the created document, but this is not apparent for the user when looking at the structure in the project browser.

As Simon already wrote the document structure in RTF reports is not determined by the position of the element type in the project browser but by the position in the RTF template. Thus your sorting will lead to no change unless Sparx also frees the template structure from this limitation. Which would lead to critical side effects.
For HTML reports this does not apply as you have full access to the navigation from the project browser. However I am not aware whether the free sorting is reflected in the HTML report.

If you want special documentation for a requirement by a diagram just place it below that element or use the notes feature of the diagram.


Have you tried the "Maintenance" window (View menu/Maintenance or Alt+4?)

Once this is displayed you have 4 tabs for Defects/Changes/Issues/Tasks.

Uh oh, there are rather useful things in EA which slipped through my fingers and one of those is that maintenance window.
How could I ignore this as it delivers exactly what I have been looking for before? :D

Thanks Graham for remembering.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Undelete
« on: October 15, 2009, 03:32:25 am »
Consider using baselining for this purpose.
This is the recommended way of creating snapshots and merge the changes back into the model if required. If carefully applied this works.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Can you provide online chat service?
« on: October 10, 2009, 02:44:09 am »
I fail to see how that is even remotely related to an online chat service.  :-?

I can see that online collaboration brings quick results when discussing a model approach especially in distributed development environments like ours is. Exchanging model information here brings a definite benefit.
However there are alternatives available- like eg. WebEx or cheaper solutions.
(No, I am not talking about MS NetMeeting. Last time I tried I got black and pink boxes all over the model moving slowly in various directions. This is not for desktop collaboration).


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