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General Board / How to create a Project template wizard
« on: October 11, 2012, 05:39:04 pm »

I've got an EA project in which I'm storing several models (roots). I set up a basic template that I'd like to use for new models (for a new system to design).

I course the easiest option it to run a Copy to Clipboard, but I'd like to add this structure to the Model Wizard list (new "model pattern").
Any clue how to do this? (MDG?)


General Board / Shared model on DBMS + SVN
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:32:31 pm »

I'm testing a project that's shared via a DBMS (e.g. MySQL) + SVN (to have a lock on packages, and to allow Undo Checkouts).

I have 2 questions :
1- I can't work offline since there's no EAP. So would it work if I create a local EAP and associate it with the SVN existing VC settings? (e.g. create a blank EAP, associate with the existing VC setting and run a get all latest on the XMI) >> this way I would be able to run a checkout on a package before disconnecting from the network, and work offline

2- As the number of XMI files grows, it tends to take a lot of time committing files onto SVN or running a Checkout Branch >> is there any process/hint to optimise this? Would other VC systems like Perforce or other be more suitable?


General Board / PSM class model and property
« on: September 23, 2012, 02:03:33 am »

I created 2 Java Classes : Order and Orderline
I have a 1 to many association from Order to Orderline that's named lines on the Orderline side

I need to generate the getters/setters in my Order class.
How can I achieve this, similarly to my attributes where I select the Property dialog?


General Board / Traceability standards : associations to create
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:29:08 pm »

When you define the traceability between elements of your model, you follow predefined rules, e.g. a use case realises a requirement, etc

Is this defined somewhere in the UML metamodel? (I couldn't find them in the specs)


General Board / Sequence diag : show param & argument on msg
« on: August 28, 2012, 06:49:43 pm »

I need to show on a sequence diagram both the Parameters and Values in a message sent, by invoking an operation

Currently I have  :
SetName (name : String, firstname : String) if the Arguments field is empty.
SetName (Martin, Bob) if the Params & Arguments fields are not empty.

Is there a way to show on the message :
SetName (name : String = Martin, firstname : String = Bob)  ?


General Board / DDL with an association class
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:32:58 pm »

I'm using an association class (e.g. similar to EA help example : Employee and Company classes with an association class : Job), which I'm trying to generate a DDL for (database relational model).

If I have a many to many multiplicity between Employee & Company, EA generates a JoinEmployeeToCompany table with 2 foreign keys. The Job table is generated but is not associated with any other table.

I'm a bit confused with the DDL generation rules - if anyone has some info on this subject


General Board / Diagram Filters : source/target for connectors?
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:14:24 pm »

I've used diagram filters to easily hide dependency connectors between interfaces on a component diagram.
So I created a connector filter with ConnectorType Not Equals Dependency.
But I have other dependency connector on my diagram (not between 2 interfaces) that I need to keep on the diagram.
Would it be possible in the future for Sparx to add Source and Target fields to filter on ? e.g. I would need to be able to set sourcetype Equals interface and targettype Equald interface.


General Board / Sequence notes aren't formatted
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:21:18 pm »

I sometimes find useful enabling the sequence notes on Seq. diagrams so that an explanation appears next to each message.
Only downside is that it tends to looks messy or difficult to read so I wanted to apply a colour code e.g. use a different colour for returned messages.

Unfortunately notes aren't rendered with any format that may be applied in the messages' notes.

Any option I haven't enabled, or does it sound like a feature request?


General Board / Install EA on Oracle DB repository : patch
« on: August 10, 2012, 06:20:06 pm »

We're trying to set up an EA project on an Oracle Express DBMS.
I used the files and instructions from :
The file OracleScriptUpdatePatch.xml is available to download and contains a number of updates to apply on tables and columns --> however the instructions do not describe what to do with this.

Anyone know if this is mandatory after instructions on are followed so it'll work fine?
How can we apply this patch under Oracle?


General Board / Transition properties view?
« on: July 11, 2012, 04:46:50 pm »

After I've enabled the Element Properties view in EA, it properly shows the properties when I click on an element from a diagram (e.g. a class).
I'd like to do the same with a transition/association so I could easily update the alias without having to double click on the association.

It there any way to achieve this?


General Board / Multiple selection on associations
« on: June 05, 2012, 12:05:52 am »

Is it possible to select multiple associations/connectors from a diagram to apply a style (e.g. change the line colour, apply the Lateral Vertical line style, etc.)?
Here is a recurring issue I'd like to sort : working on a activity diagram with control & object flows, I need to change the line colour for all object flows that write to an object (source = activity, destination = object). I'd like to select all control flows instead of the elements e.g. with a toggle select elements vs select connectors.

Is this possible or does it sound like a feature request?


General Board / Interfaces and Ports in SysML
« on: April 20, 2012, 05:10:24 pm »

I set up in my BDD my main block with a number of ports and provided/required interfaces selected from a separate model that contains all interfaces.

This follows well SysML specs, but I face an issue as far as the tool is concerned when using sequence diagrams.
If I create an instance of the block on a sequence diagram, operations aren't available since they're defined in the interface provided by port.
I displayed the embedded elements (Port + Interface) but
1. it doesn't render things properly (3 lifelines under the block!)
2. I'd rather have all operations available directly from my block

I therefore have to manually realise each interface from my block which isn't ideal.
Has anyone experienced this and could suggest an alternative?


General Board / copy/paste a sequence diagram
« on: April 20, 2012, 05:04:14 pm »

I'm creating a number of scenarios for a use case through sequence diagrams (main path, alternatives...)
It would save me a lot of time if I could duplicate sequence diagrams but this is not well handled in EA.
I tested a copy/paste of a package that contained my SD + instances but messages were lost in the copy.

Obviously copy everything from the seq diagram and paste into a new diagram doesn't work

Is there a way round?

General Board / DDL : define attribute types mapping rules
« on: April 03, 2012, 04:56:40 pm »

I have a UML class diagram that I use to generate my DDL (e.g. in MySQL). I'd like to define custom rules to map class attribute types (including custom ones) to data types in MySQL

e.g. map String to nvarchar(255), map int to INTEGER, map largeint to BIGINT, etc.
This way I can reduce the amount of amendments on my DDL diagram once it's been generated from the class diagram.


General Board / Create a model pattern
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:53:32 pm »

I'd like to list in my EA a model pattern that matches an EAP project I created to be used as a template.
I know I could use the copy base project, but how can I get it listed in the Model Patterns set up by Sparx?

I tried creating an MDG but it doesn't seem to include the project structure


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