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Several other people have asked for this.

Perhaps what Sparx should do is poll how many registered users are running EA under Wine, and use that to estimate the potential benefit of a native port.

That said: I'd bet that EA has a BUNCH of close ties to Windows APIs - UI APIs, DB APIs, etc. - and that it wouldn't so much be a "port" as a "reimplementation damn near from scratch". Sure, I'd love to see them do something like port EA to Qt, but I know that were I the program lead, my question would be "Given that I'm spending millions of dollars in direct costs + opportunity costs, where in all of this do I *make* millions of dollars?"

Suggestions and Requests / A more generic interface would be nice....
« on: April 24, 2010, 06:54:14 am »
What I'd like to see is a more generic VCS interface. I would assume (and we all know about assume....) that there is only a finite set of "things" that EA does with a VCS  - add a file, delete a file, check in a file, lock a file, etc.

What I'd like to see is a "Generic VCS..." setup, with the option to define what command line is needed for each command line, with appropriate macro parameters - then we could tie ANY EA into ANY VCS.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Viewing more things 'side by side'
« on: September 25, 2009, 01:46:36 am »
Hear Hear! I'd love to be able to view both the scenarios for a use case and the communications diagram I am creating for that use case.

I'd prefer to see a move away from the Windows Multiple Document Interface to something where I can better leverage my dual monitor setup.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Version 8
« on: February 10, 2010, 09:29:11 am »
Like each time:
zip current EA
install new version
rename EA to EA8
unzip the old one

I just invoked the Layout Manager. It sent EA to an endless loop. That's too beta for me....


In a way that's where us Linux folk have it easier:

Create new Crossover bottle.
Install EA8 into new bottle.
Still have old EA in old bottle.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Crossover office - move to WinXP
« on: October 10, 2009, 01:10:30 am »
I've had good luck running EA under plain ole Wine (latest version), with the default WinXP setting.

You'll need to have the latest "winetricks" script, then:

sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6
sh winetricks mfc42 jet40 native_oleaut32
sh winetricks gecko mdac28

and that works for me.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Active Directory / LDAP integration
« on: September 29, 2009, 04:54:49 am »
This would be great if it would allow Linux users to use an LDAP directory to do floating licenses rather than the current "shared directory" approach which does NOT work under Wine.

Suggestions and Requests / More meaninful error than "Network error"
« on: October 11, 2009, 02:21:17 am »
We had a strange problem with one of our users not being able to access a shared MySQL database for the model. While the problem wasn't really EA's fault, EA didn't make the problem easy to diagnose.

The symptom was that the user could select the database, put in his credentials, successfully "Test" the connection via the test button, but when actually attempting to open the model, EA would spit out a "EA has encountered a network error and will shut down" message and die.

It turns out that the MySQL permissions for that user were screwed up, and he didn't have SELECT permissions - so EA could open the connection and "test" it, but actually USING it was broken.

The buggered permissions aren't EA's fault - but to find the problem, I had to run Wireshark and dump the communications between EA and the MySQL server.

Feature #1: If EA gets a data base error, don't just DIE - show me (or at least offer the choice to show me) the failing SQL command and the response from the server.

Feature #2: When you do the "test" button, do a bit more than just check if the connection can be created - test the various features that EA needs to work, and report on any that fail.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Remote Desktop Services Support
« on: September 29, 2009, 04:58:49 am »
One thing I've tried that works is to run EA under Wine, and then tunnel it via SSH - that will allow EA to run on machine while displaying on another.

Just FYI.

Suggestions and Requests / One file to load them all....
« on: September 10, 2009, 02:41:47 am »
Currently, it is very difficult to pull an EA project out of a version control system that EA doesn't directly support: you have to import every XMI file plus any "Project Resources" files by hand.

It would be nice to have a single XML file which would, upon being selected for loading, pull in any related XMI files, project resource XML files, and other related files in one go.

Suggestions and Requests / Easy way to highlight messages in a comm. diagram
« on: September 09, 2009, 02:49:40 am »
When reviewing communications diagrams, it would be nice to be able to open up the sequence chart, and as you select items on the sequence chart have the corresponding element on the diagram be highlighted.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Enterprise Architect on Mac
« on: August 26, 2009, 07:06:09 am »
You want it on Mac, I want it on Linux - maybe we can both stir up enough requests to help Sparx decide it is a good idea to do a port. Maybe they could target Qt and support everybody?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Add GIT as a supported VCS
« on: August 11, 2009, 11:46:11 pm »
I was thinking about that, but the actual git-svn is actually the exact wrong thing: it takes git commands (which means EA cannot use it) and it talks to Subversion (which is not what we are using).

I've looked at either the git-cvsserver (which would allow EA to use cvs to talk to the git server, albeit with all the limitations of the CVS model of RCS), and options like staging through a SVN then importing into GIT - not exactly what I'd want to do.

Maybe I should generalize my request: what would be nice would be an option for EA to support *any* VCS system. This would require the user to provide a set of command lines for all the "tasks" that EA performs, such as "add new file", "remove file", "rename file", "commit file", etc. Given a set of hooks like that then any VCS could be tied in.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Add GIT as a supported VCS
« on: August 06, 2009, 01:15:56 am »
I'd recommend looking for an SCC client for GIT, but I couldn't find one in a quick search.

From everything I've read, this is unlikely: the SCC interface is only available from Microsoft under NDA - which pretty much eliminates any likelihood of GIT supporting it.

Would it be possible to find out exactly what EA expects from SVN - what command lines it passes to SVN? It seems to me that the most likely way I'm going to get any kind of support quickly would be to create a wrapper that accepted the same command parameters as SVN, but then invoked GIT appropriately. However, trying to map ALL of SVN -> GIT would be a huge undertaking: If I could limit the scope of this to a couple of commands that would be much easier.

Suggestions and Requests / Add GIT as a supported VCS
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:01:40 am »
Due to the distributed nature of our development process, we use GIT for source code control, and would like to use it for UML control as well.

So I'd like to ask that support for GIT be added to EA.

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