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General Board / BPMN activity : stereotype icon over the title
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:11:52 am »

In a BPMN2 diagram, if you create a stereotyped activity e.g. Service, the icon is rendered on the top left of the activity element.
Once the title is updated, the icon is often displayed over part of the title.

Can this be resolved, or could Sparx consider fixing this rendering issue?


General Board / BPMN 2 possible improvements in EA
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:05:36 am »

We are changing our client's BPMN models from Bizagi Process modelling tool to EA  :).

Where Bizagi has a number of issues, we've identified so far and in priority 2 possible improvements to carry in EA :
- when I create a new element e.g. a Gateway, EA lets me choose the type from Inclusive, Parallel, etc. It would be very useful to show next to each title the appropriate BPMN icon => is this possible?
- diagram rendering in Bizagi is very good. In comparison and despite applying background/border colors, EA BPMN diagrams tend to be a bit "ugly" or dull => could Sparx improve the rendering?


General Board / Re: > 300 users accessing a project shared via a D
« on: October 23, 2012, 12:37:57 am »
Hi Geert,

Thanks for your feedback. I guess the alternative to your suggestion is to connect the project to a Version Control system like SVN.
this would prevent the use of the internal Security feature.


General Board / > 300 users accessing a project shared via a DBMS
« on: October 22, 2012, 11:57:44 pm »

Has anyone already managed to share an EA project that's set up on a DBMS (e.g. SQL Server, MySQL), with 200/300+ users who can access this same project?

I'm wondering if this is feasible, e.g. ref possible performance issues, corrupted data.
If anyone has successfully set this up, I'll be interested in your feedback


General Board / Re: Baseline
« on: October 23, 2012, 06:16:13 pm »
Have you tried to run a comparison between your model and the baseline, and then run a merge on the items you'd like to rollback ?


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 / Re: Sequence diag : show param & argument on m
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:04:22 pm »
Ok thanks for your answers - the notes seems to be a good option for the values.

If I need to specify the parameters name and type of an operation on each message, here is what I currently do :
- if the operation exists in the lifelines's classifier, the Message properties are automatically populated as follows (once the operation has been selected) :
  * Message = test(String, String), and Parameters = firstname, lastname
- if my lifeline has no such operation defined, I currently set Message = SetName, and Parameters = firstname :String, lastname :String

Although it displays fine on the diagram, is it the right way to do it?
Would it be possible to have a feature to copy this operation to the lifeline's classifier, if one has been set?


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 / Re: DDL with an association class
« on: August 16, 2012, 06:59:48 pm »
Yep, transformation templates should let me define new rules for association classes.


General Board / Re: DDL with an association class
« on: August 16, 2012, 06:39:07 pm »
thanks Geert but the ERD transformation doesn't help.
From what I can see, association classes aren't supported by a DDL transformation.

The association class is transformed to an independant table with no association/FK. I would have expected the association class to be transformed into a table with 2FKeys (to each associated table) alongside the additional attributes. In other words it should replace the JoinClassAClassB table

So the workaround would involve avoiding the use of association classes and use a standard class between the 2 classes instead.

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


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