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General Board / generate JSON attributes with the schema composer
« on: April 01, 2017, 08:43:40 pm »
Hello All,

the schema composer generates JSON properties from a class model as follows:
- JSON property name = attribute name
- JSON property type = attribute type
- JSON property description = attribute description

Question: can the schema composer generate JSON attributes minLength, maxLength, pattern, format? How to specify these attributes in the class model?

Many thanks,


Suggestions and Requests / Support for ISO20022
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:37:03 am »
ISO20022 is number one standard in the financial industry, it is time to implement support for it too!

Suggestions and Requests / Add 'Show InformationFlow <<flow>> Lab
« on: November 29, 2015, 09:16:15 am »
Feature Diagram > Properties > Connectors > Show Stereotype Labels does not work on InformationFlow connectors - I guess this is because InformationFlow is NOT a stereotype.

The <<flow>> labels however often need to be removed to reduce clutter in diagrams. At present, I am forced to hide the labels one by one with Hide Label from the context menu on right click on a label.

Suggest to add feature Diagram -> Properties -> Connectors -> Show InformationFlow <<flow>> Labels, in "checked" state by default.

Currently location of .FDB and .EAP model files in the CloudService is fixed (C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Cloud Services\Service\Models) and can not be changed. There are operational considerations why the location of these models should be different. Therefore I suggest to make the location of the models settable with the path above being a default.

Please refer also to discussion item for more background.

Thanks, Alex.

Suggestions and Requests / Hide all compartments in a class
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:15:52 am »
As I was told that EA does not have an option to hide all compartments of a class except a class name and I have just submitted a feature request to Sparx to add such a feature.
If anyone else needs such an option, please comment in support.


General Board / Set-up location of CloudService models directory
« on: October 07, 2015, 04:27:21 am »

is there a way to setup the directory where CloudServices stores .fdb files to a directory of my choice? The default location is  C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Cloud Services\Service\Models and I can not find a way to change it.

Thanks for help.


General Board / Sparx Cloud Service does not create secure port
« on: May 11, 2014, 06:19:14 am »
I am setting up a secure http port with Sparx Cloud Service, but without success so far. On start-up the service writes following message into the log:
2014-05-10 20:19:53 [WARNING]: Unable to create secure server on port 443.

Also, should note that:
- netstat -a -b does not show any other process listening on 443 port - e.g. port 443 is available.
- the same Sparx Cloud Configuration but without SSL (REQUIRE_SSL=0) works fine
- I have created private certificate in server.pem file
- I run windows 7 in VMWare.

Any idea what can be wrong?

General Board / Hardware sizing for repository on MQ SQL 2005
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:24:44 pm »

What is the recommended machine (GB of memory and number of CPUs)  to host Sparx EA in MS SQL server repository capable supporting 20 concurrent users and 100,000 elements in the model?

I am working to deploy Sparx EA on MS SQL in my organisation and technical infrastructure team need specification about the size of Virtual Machine to deploy the MS SQL server.

Can you help?

Thanks, Alex.

General Board / the demo model for Simulation with UI
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:25:38 pm »
Hello All,

At the front page of the EA release 10

there is a section "Simulation - Bring User Interface Designs to Life!" with a diagram showing a demo model.

Where can I get this model to play with?


General Board / Style of Archimate elements imported with CSV
« on: November 29, 2011, 11:14:51 am »
I import new elements with CSV Import feature as Archimate component. I do this with setting element properties Type="Component" and Stereotype= "ArchiMate_Component".

When I drag the imported elements into a diagram, the shapes of the elements imported are OK - as Archimate component shapes supposed to be, but the colour of the shapes is default grey and not Archimate's blue.

How to ensure that the shapes of the imported elements have Archimates style - ie. blue colour for Archimate_Component, yellowish for Archimate_Process.. and etc.?


General Board / How to export elements in a diagram into csv?
« on: November 20, 2011, 12:25:46 pm »
Need to export elements in a specific diagram into csv format..
How can this be done with EA?

The diagram contains a subset of many elements in a package, so the EA standard export to csv feature is not suited..

General Board / Display source code  from web location
« on: July 08, 2010, 12:33:46 am »
I need to display source code in source code viewer window (Alt-7) from web location by clicking on element in a diagram.

Seem Filename property supports (EA version 857) only local paths and does not support Web Address.

Is this how it is or there is some catch I am missing?
is there any workaround?

General Board / 3 way compare and merge
« on: September 30, 2009, 06:41:59 pm »
Original topic:
Let me ask a smaller question instead.

I played with the compare tool and I see only 2-way compare. Is there a way to do 3-way compare with EA?
Is it possible to compare 2 versions of a branch (in version management terms) of a model and merge into another branch with functionality available in EA? I am just wondering - is this how it is or I am missing some twist?


General Board / Merging of changes with EA
« on: September 24, 2009, 10:44:18 am »
Hello All,

I am looking for advice about how to approach an IT transformation modeling project.
The goal is to model and visualize a transformation of an existing IT system; the existing system needs to be "reverse-engineered" first.

Simplified, the process looks as follows:
(1) Build a model of current state of the system ("current" model);
(2) Based on the “current” model, create a model of target system ("target" model);
(3) Create a gap analysis report (differences between the “current” and the “target”) which will be the source of tasks to perform the transformation.

The first idea coming to mind is to apply EA baselines/compare/merging features:
- Create a "current" model;
- Create “current” baseline it in EA;
- Create the "target" model from the “current”;
- Use EA diff tool to show differences between the head the “current” baseline to create the gap analysis.

Unfortunately it is not that simple; as the “precision” of manual "reverse-engineering" is as such, that I will probably never have a 100% complete/accurate "current" model. So, I will need to fix the "current" model as I discover inconsistencies between the model and reality, and I will need to merge the changes in the “current” model into “target”.
This requires comparing between past baselines of the “current"  model to identify changes and merging the changes into the “target” model. This is a classical task in software engineering, but I do not see how to accomplish this with EA diff tool.

What is the right way to approach such a project with EA?
Can you please suggest the state-of-the art approach how to do this with EA?

Thanks a lot in advance!


General Board / Quick question: how to disable compartments in cla
« on: September 05, 2009, 03:13:58 am »
Dear All,

how to disable showing all class compartments in a diagram and to leave class name only?
I believe it should be supported by can't find how to enable this option.


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