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General Board / matrix overlays on BPMN activities/pool
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:24:26 pm »

I need to define CRUD or similar categories between BPMN activities and pools or lanes that contain them.
An activity located under e.g. a pool doesn't lead to an association so I don't have any way to apply a matrix overlay onto it. If I start creating dependencies between activities and pools or lanes to apply the overlay, these relationships show up on the diagrams (and this leads to additional work to maintain those links up to date, either manually or via a script).

I can't think of a workaround to achieve what I'm looking for. Any suggestion?


General Board / Using XMI to import models from MEGA
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:46:04 pm »

We are looking at the feasibility to import large models defined in MEGA tool to EA via XMI. Is there any detailed information on the XMI contents that need to be generated to EA?


General Board / Errors after migrating to EA11
« on: May 13, 2014, 10:32:06 pm »

I have a number of shared projects in SQL Server + SVN where BPMN diagrams + linked documents have been defined.
I just upgraded to EA11 which lead to major issues on the existing project:
- I have a BPMN diagram which is located in a controlled package that's different from the package where nodes like activities are stored. If I select with a simple click an activity from the diagram, I get about 10 popup error messages "Cannot perform nesting operation. The parent item "" is locked" --> this makes the model unusable.
- We've documented many activities using EA Linked Documents; where existing linked documents can be accessed, it is no longer possible to create new ones on other activities. Have linked docs been replaced with something else in EA? How can we migrate? Why has it been disabled?

As it currently stands, I have to go back to EA10 as EA11 isn't compatible with the projects. This is the first time I'm getting major issues in migrating versions.


General Board / Cannot view Notes on composite activities in HTML
« on: July 02, 2014, 12:43:54 am »

A BPMN process is delivered as an HTML report to be accessed via a browser (EA isn't required).
Some of the activities are documented using the Notes ; for composite activities/subprocess that link to a composite diagram, users aren't able to open the notes since a click on this kind of activity will open the linked diagram.
I haven't identified any workaround to open notes or linked documents on a new HTML page.
Any idea? Does it require a feature enhancement in EA? (e.g. add links to open the Linked Document, add links to open the Note)


General Board / Override BPMN2 validation rules?
« on: June 30, 2014, 05:42:17 pm »
I've got a number of BPMN2 diagrams and models ; it's been decided that activities should be stored in a separate package from diagrams, lanes, gateways, etc.
As a result when I attempt to create a sequence flow from an activity to a gateway (that aren't in the same lane since activities are moved away from a lane, into a dedicated package), EA throws that error message.
Is it possible via the use of add'ins to let users EA create this type of association?


General Board / Classifier's stereotype kept on instanciation
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:10:49 pm »
Is there any way to keep a class stereotype when creating an instance?

I have "client" and "server" stereotyped classes ; when creating a lifeline on a sequence diagram, can I tell EA to apply the class "client" or "server" stereotype on the instance/lifeline?


General Board / Version control : Check Out loading time
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:42:59 pm »

When using SVN with shared projects (EAP or centralised DB), I noticed that the Package Control "Check Out " takes a rather long time to run (since EA checks the content of each XML file to update any information in the running model).
Is there any way to improve this loading time? Any tweak in EA or in the SVN admin to be aware of?

Has it been improved in EA 11?


General Board / Impact on the DB to enable the audit log?
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:38:55 am »

I'm running a large EA project that shared via Ms SQL Server (coupled with SVN). As I recently had to identify how parts of the model disappeared (deleted by a user), I used the Baseline compare feature with older versions of the XML files, retrieved from SVN.

I think EA auditing would provide me with finer grained results, hence I'm considering enabling this feature. However due to the amount of extra data to be stored, can anyone share any experience in the long run ?
Should the audit be cleared on a regular basis or can it be kept ? Should it be stored as a backup in a different table or DB?


General Board / Association of a WSDL type element witits XSD type
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:35:03 am »

I've got a couple of WSDL files that I imported in EA (v9.3).
I also use an XML Schema file (.xsd) that I imported in the same EA  package as my WSDL files.

Opening a WSDL package in EA & its "XSDSchema" Type package, I have my XSD element which type is defined in the XML Schema file.
If I open this element, I get the correct name of the Type with the name of the XSD but it's not associated with the corresponding UML class in EA (resulting from the XSD import)
EA will let me manually choose the right UML class in the model but I was wondering a workaround to make EA automatically do this.

As it currently works I have no option to obtain traceability when importing my WSDL file (provided I've already imported my XSD)

Here is an example :

WSDL file content :
<xs:element name="Something" type="xsdfile1:Something_Type"/>

XSD file content
<xs:complexType name="Something_Type">

>> both files are imported (XSD then WSDL)

Thanks in advance for any help

General Board / Auto names and counter on associations?
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:15:07 pm »

I'd like to know if associations, agregrations, dependencies, etc can be named automatically with a prefix + auto incremented number + suffix like what can be currently achieved with elements (class, reqs, use cases...)


General Board / Mandatory tagged values
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:50:19 am »
I defined a number of tagged values in a stereotype through a UML profile. I don't seem to find a way to set some tagged values as mandatory.

Is it possible to forbid a tagged value to be empty?


General Board / Annoying behaviour on BPMN diagrams
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:27:02 pm »

I noticed a weird and annoying behaviour when you select an activity or another node from a BPMN2 diagram: existing connectors associated with this activity are modified. As a result I often have to move the connector back to where it was.

Could this behaviour be amended so connectors aren't modified upon selection of an activity, gateway or event?


General Board / BPM workflow engine recommandation
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:46:16 pm »

We have a number of BPMN2 diagrams maintained in EA that we need to execute via a BPM workflow engine. This way we can start and follow several instances of the same process.

I read Sparx whitepaper on using EA tasks and resources, however our client requires an Open Source workflow engine.
I'm looking for any experience with EA BPMN2 diagrams and one of the workflow engine that's available.


General Board / Deploying an artefact to a Device node
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:57:47 am »

I'm working on a UML deployment diagram to define the artefacts that must be deployed onto devices.
To do so I create a "deploy" dependency from an artefact to a Device node. However when I use the quicklinker, EA doesn't give me the choice to creating this Deployment dependency. It works with Nodes, but not Devices.

However the OMG specs define the following: "A Device is a physical computational resource with processing capability upon which artifacts may be deployed for execution."
The UML metamodel confirms this should be feasible, according to figures 10.3 & 10.4 from the OMG UML 2.3 Superstructure specs (page 218), showing that :
- a deployed artifact can have several "deployment dependencies", each to a single "deployment target" that can be a Node
- a Device is a kind of Node

Is there any reason for this limitation in EA? I know that I can create this dependency using the toolbar, but I'd like to know why it's not supported by the quicklinker.


General Board / Timing diagram : repeat the timeline ?
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:31:29 am »

I created a Timing diagram with 3 lifelines (value & state) based on the same time line (from 0 to 60 minutes).
Is there any way to display the time line under each lifeline including the time values ?


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