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General Board / Hide association multiplicities in a diagram
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:47:36 pm »

I got a query from EA users on something rather simple, yet I cannot find a matching property.
They have class diagrams that don't show multiplicities on associations between classes. I was expecting a matching option in the diagram properties, yet I cannot find such one.

Any hint?

General Board / Offline work with DBMS shared projects
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:02:32 pm »

We run a central EA project on a MySQL with the Security enabled.
As I had to work offline whilst travelling and during an offsite workshop on the EA project, I took an offline copy (DBMS to EAP Project transfert) after creating a user lock on my packages/models.

I'm planning to merge my changes by using the Baseline comparison feature between my EAP and the DBMS EA project. I will run backups before doing this (DB + new transfert to EAP), but prior to discover any potential issues, would anyone see any reason from preventing applying this method?

Note that I've modified not only elements within the same package, but also relationships e.g. between requirements & use cases that are located in separated yet locked packages.


Suggestions and Requests / Image manager improvement
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:13:53 pm »
One of our client is struggling with the management of images within their EA projects.
Even when images have been renamed, it is difficult to manage them when you have over 100/200.

It would be useful to improve the Image Manager e.g. with the following:
- add types or categories to group images (e.g. similar to the glossary)
- add a search on image names
- have the ability to generate an XML Reference Data file with a selection of images (not all)
- when copying a package from an EA project to another one, it would be good to select the image we want to keep in the target EA project (or merge with an existing image in the target project)

General Board / MariaDB ODBC settings
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:24:13 am »

We use a MariaDB to store an EA project. Where MySQL ODBC driver works ok, I was wondering if anyone had tested the MariaDB ODBC driver.
I ran a simple test and I'm getting an Invalid Data Source... Check configuration error.

Any recommandation from Sparx?


Suggestions and Requests / EA12.1 windows help file
« on: March 11, 2016, 07:26:50 pm »

Since version 12.1, EA help is published in the web format. Whilst it lets you have access to an up to date version from Sparx website, the search feature is not as convenient as before.
The local version is a local copy of the web site.

Would it be possible to have the option to download a windows help file (CHM) so users can have this interface?


General Board / Default data type in a new Code Eng. Language?
« on: March 11, 2016, 03:04:19 am »
We defined a custom Programming Language via the Code Engineering Data Type feature; a new Product Name "test" has been defined with a number of Data Type e.g. Integer, String, Bool...
When I create a class with Language = test, I have the associated list of Data Type in my attributes window.

However when I add an attribute without selecting the data type, I always get "int" as the default data type which does not belong to my Product.
With built-in languages, there is a working default data type.

I exported the Model Data Types as a reference data and looked at the XML, but couldn't find any property to set a Data Type as default.

Any hint?
Also, how do I delete a Product I no longer need?


Suggestions and Requests / Resize a virtualized connector
« on: March 08, 2016, 03:14:01 am »
I used the Virtualized connector ends in a class diagram and noticed that the virtual representation has the same width as the virtualized element. Would it be possible to add a feature so these can be resized in width (and height if possible)?
It would be nice also to be able to change the background and line colors.


I'm working on an addin for the  Schema Composer and installed a few to test. I noticed that only one is visible in the Schema Set drop down when creating a new Schema Profile.
I couldn't see my addin in the list so I uninstalled an existing custom Schema Addin which fixed the issue.

It looks like a bug to me.

Bugs and Issues / UML Collaboration diagram modified order after edit
« on: February 13, 2016, 01:57:31 am »

I created a UML collaboration diagram with around 20 messages exchanged between 8 objects.
I defined a specific order using the "Sequence Communication Messages" window.

When I add a new message and move it in the appropriate order, the order of existing messages get mixed up. This requires me to review and amend the order accordingly.

I'm using the latest build of EA 12.1


Bugs and Issues / RAS model update: duplicate key GUID error
« on: February 11, 2016, 09:48:13 pm »
I'm getting the following error when importing a new version of a centralised model from a RAS server:

I ran a comparison after the import and this attribute doesn't show up (nor it class). This seems to be a bug.
Note that my EA project is running on a Postgres DB.

From this comparison, I also noticed the following bugs following an import:
- diagrams Date created and Date modified are not correctly updated -> the imported diagram's time is set to 00:00:00 hence leading to a difference with the RAS.
- generalization links' Style field have an extra Hidden=0 value in the Baseline

General Board / XSD transformation: attribute mapping
« on: February 10, 2016, 07:58:07 pm »

I'm looking into XSD related EA features to identify the most efficient way to achieve the following: define a UML class to transform to an XSD model, and generate the schema (XSD or JSON file) with the Schema Composer.
I can't figure out the mapping of attribute types between UML and XSD ; is there any information available on this?

I created UML classes with Language = None ; this does not seem to be appropriate since the number of attribute types is limited.
e.g. I'd like to define a UML class with an attribute which will transform in an XSD element "Year" of type xs:gYear.


Suggestions and Requests / Derby DB reverse engineering support
« on: February 09, 2016, 11:40:20 pm »

I need to run a DDL reverse engineering on an Apache Derby DB which can be accessed via JDBC. I believe there is an ODBC available to access this DBMS.
Is there any plan to support DERBY databases in EA?


General Board / Local RAS package version?
« on: February 02, 2016, 03:30:17 am »
Is there any way to check the package version + storage, as defined in a RAS repository, that matches an imported package in the EA Project?
I cannot find any way to check the version that has been chosen by the user who carried the import using RAS. Am I missing something?
If this is not supported, could we simply have a Tagged Value or other property in the imported package (or model root) that stores such data?


Suggestions and Requests / Cloud Connection list
« on: February 01, 2016, 11:23:55 pm »

When using the Cloud Connection dialog to access a RAS, I always get the last RAS Cloud Server. When several RAS servers are used, it's quickly a pain to change the Name + url + Model name.
It would be nice to have the ability to define a list of Connection details to each server that's often used (or automatically have access to the last 5 servers opened from a local PC, for Cloud or RAS purpose).


Bugs and Issues / Random order on the versions in the RAS Registry Browser
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:32:53 pm »

I started using the RAS and I've quickly come across some odd behaviour with the registered packages versions; the order of the versions displayed in the drop down list was initially random. Then I updated the Cloud Service to v1.1.10.0, and versions are sorted by Registered Date/Time. Yet I haven't seen this bug fix in the readme file.

It seemed to be ok until I change the version naming convention. EA selects the version with the "greatest" value, instead of selecting the last one in the list.
v1.0 --> selected
9.1 --> latest (should be selected)

I have an other comment on the versions drop down list: you have to click on the version to activate the drop down list. This could be improved from a UI perspective so it's available when selected.

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