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General Board / Re: Sequence diagrams: new / delete
« on: October 31, 2002, 04:19:34 am »

In the View/Options dialog - Sequence page, there is an option to turn on or off the 'Garbage Collect' (automatic deletion) feature.

I have made a few adjustements to the next build of EA (will probably be released next week or so). In the revised behaviour you can make  call(s) after the Delete action and before the terminating X.

Im not sure about the implications of using the Constructor or Desttructor call as New and Delete. I will have a think about it.

Hope this will help,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Setting up 3.5 on network
« on: October 31, 2002, 04:08:24 am »

Yes - the option to use JET 4 is stored in the local machine registry for the current logged on user - BUT - you need to have connected to a model file (any model file) before you can access the Options page.

I would strongly recommend that all members of a team sharing a .EAP file configure their copy of EA the same - to use either JET 4 or JET 3.5 - but not a mixture of both.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Locking Packages
« on: October 30, 2002, 01:15:22 am »
Hi Frank,

Yes - that is a bit inconvenient. I will add in a dialog to allow locking of element within a package (and optionally to recurse down the the package tree). The options would be to lock diagrams and/or elements in one action. Likewise locks could be cleared.

This shouldnt take to long to implement and may be available in the next couple of weeks.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Hardwork to keep instances updated
« on: October 27, 2002, 09:02:44 pm »

This is not possible at the moment - but it could be something that can be added in the near future. The other option would be to allow you to tick a list of operations to show as methods in the instance ... with a direct link back to the base class ... that way they would always be loaded from the base and remain in synch.

Let me know what you think,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: rtf templates - where are they?
« on: October 28, 2002, 04:30:58 am »
Hi Guys,

Just to set records straight ...  

The Document Template created from the Documentation/RTF dialog (a set of options, filename, heading styles etc.) is stored in the t_rtfreport table. I believe this is what Al referred to.

The raw RTF templates which may be modified in the Resources/RTF Templates area are stored in the t_rtf table and in the t_trxtypes table. The t_rtf table holds 0 or more RTF fragments, the t_trxtypes table holds the template name and details. And I think this is what Chris is pointing to.

My apologies for the over-use of the word template!

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: XML import to MySQL database
« on: October 28, 2002, 05:36:58 am »
Hi Anders,

I believe any problems with the XMI import in EA 350 have now been ironed out for the final release.

In general though you should use the Data Transfer function to upgrade a .EAP file to MySQL or SQL Server. The reason being that the XMI file does not include such things as custom metafiles and images, project specific info and other basic data . XMI import expects a certain amount of backgournd information to be already present.

We also recommend you use the Data Integrity check before upgrading. Failed imports, network crashes and some other early bugs in EA can cause some 'dangling pointers' to diagram links, elements etc. Cleaning these up before upgrading is a good idea - although not essential.

If yuo still experience import problems with the latest build of EA 3.50 - please let us know - and a copy of the offending .xml file is always appreciated,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Corporate Edition
« on: October 28, 2002, 04:14:11 am »
Hi All,

The Corporate Edition is being released shortly and will sell for 179$ per license as opposed to 149$ for the Professional, a difference of 30$. The Coporate Edition will connect to a MySQL or a SQL Server based repository. Support for Oracle, DB2 and PostgreSQL is planned.

We will offer a 20$ Professional to Corporate upgrade for the month of November to allow existing users a chance to upgrade at a discount.

The issues regarding the error messages on creating SQL Server tables has been resolved as has the "Operand type clash" issue...thanks for the feedback on these Marek.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Collaborative Development?
« on: October 27, 2002, 09:12:22 pm »

We will be releasing version 3.50 hopefully today or tomorrow. I am interested in your comments regarding problems with MySQL... if you have an old model that you believe has problems, is there any chance you can send it in for trialling? I have fixed a major problem with MySQL in the last few days, which related to upgrading .EAP files which had Replication enabled in the past. With this out of the way I know of no bugs/issues with MySQL - using the recommended version 4.02 or higher with the latest ODBC drivers.

Could you please advise if you still have a problem here once you have build 573 or higher of EA.

You can email any example model files to

Thanks for the feedback,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Is Composed Of
« on: October 27, 2002, 08:46:36 pm »
Hi all,

My apologies for not doing something about this sooner - things have been extraordinarily hectic with the changes for release 3.5. Once 3.5 is out I will attend to this and try and get the fix into the first build after that.

Once the release is out we will be going back to about a fortnightly build cycle - we had to put that on hold while there were major database changes happening for this release.

Thanks for your patience,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: active objects in sequece diagram
« on: October 27, 2002, 08:41:37 pm »
Hi Johan,

Could you send me a little picture of the sort of thing you wish to do. If no way exists at the moment Ill see what could be done in the future to make it possible. I can think of a couple of possible solutions - but it would help to see exactly what you had in mind first.

You can email me on

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: New EA 3.5 - class documentation
« on: October 27, 2002, 08:31:26 pm »

If you can send me a 'wish list' of requirements for this I will see what can be done. Once the release of version 3.5 is out of the way I can address some of these issues for you. We also intend to go back to about a fortnightly release schedule now the major changes for version 3.5 are done - so hopefully we can get something done soon.

Send your suggestions to or respond on this thread.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Heading levels in RTF documentation
« on: August 09, 2002, 05:39:47 am »
Hi Tim,

I have had a quick look at this:

(3) is relatively straightforward and I will add an option to EA to select "Max 9 levels - elements are package + 1" as a drop list option. THis iwll be in the next build.

(2) a bit more difficult to arrange - but can really be done now. If you create a Word Master document and link in the contained packages at the right position - then you can produce any mix you like. To speed creation of several RTF documents at once, either create RTF documents which will appear in the Resource tab - then click each one and select autogenerate in turn. -OR- create a little script in VB or similar that calls the EA.Project.RunReport interface with the package list to generate.  Using this technique you can pick up packages from all over EA and link into one formal document.

(1) Is a bit harder - if you say package Foo is at level 3 - then I assume you would want all lower packages to increment the heading count - unless they specified a heading level also - then the process starts again. Is this what you had in mind?


General Board / Re: Problem with Reverse engineer VB modules
« on: August 29, 2002, 04:44:55 am »

If you check out the View/Options/Code Generation/Visual Basic dialog, there is an edit box to enter the default extensions to be processed when importing VB. Add .bas to the list.

Hope this helps,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Eriksson-Penker extensions stereotypes
« on: August 29, 2002, 04:53:08 am »
Hi Jaime,

Glad to hear the EP Profile is proving useful - thanks for the feedback.

I just loaded the EP-Extension Profile into a base model, and the EP Stereotypes were added to the Reference-Stereotypes ... eg. "people' was added in as a stereotype for a class. Is this what you refer to? or is there something else I am missing.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: External requirements on classes
« on: August 29, 2002, 05:18:03 am »
Hi Mark,

I hadnt seen this before - but on testing here now I appreciate the problem. I will at least remove the offending text from the next build - and consider how we might incorporate the external requirements into the Responsibilities section for a future release.

Thanks for the note, the patch will be in the next build ... which should be out soon.

Geoff Sparks

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