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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Document generation from class diagram subset
« on: September 16, 2009, 09:43:35 pm »
But this still does not allow us to generate a report for a custom subset of elements (i.e. those that are currently selected).

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Document generation from class diagram subset
« on: September 15, 2009, 09:45:37 am »
Something along the lines of how you can generate DDL from either an entire diagram (of a package) or the selected element, but with a bit more flexibility. That is, you could select several items.

This could even be set up so that you could select both some native elements and some foreign with respect to the package that owns the diagram, and document the set (without the owning package being an issue).

Yes, I like it!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multidimensional relationship matrix
« on: September 16, 2009, 09:42:09 pm »

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Consistent Rendering of Text for Classes etc.
« on: September 11, 2009, 09:17:26 pm »
This is pretty much dictated by the UML specification, not EA.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: How about REAL Styles for daigram items?
« on: September 11, 2009, 09:14:39 pm »
Yes, we're in focus now.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: How about REAL Styles for daigram items?
« on: September 10, 2009, 09:05:38 pm »
I'm not too sure about this one Paolo,

IMO you are quite correct across the board. But you are also getting dangerously close to suggesting a rewrite, or at least an extension, of the shape script facility. I've been nudging (gently and otherwise) Sparx on this since they first appeared in beta form. I note that the scripting language version has not evolved.

[Note: When I refer to the "shape script facility" in this post I mean any and all features within EA that affect how custom rendering can be controlled by users and coders.]

While there have been some minor tweaks to shape scripts themselves this falls well short of the degree of change that is needed. What we need is to 'go out and come back in again' here. The scripting approach can probably be made to work, but there has to be some serious groundwork done, and a robust language platform built upon this foundation. It the scripts must have a two-way connection to the API.

Sadly, 0.02 CAD doesn't seem to be worth much these days...

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Book on EA for existing UML users
« on: September 11, 2009, 09:20:32 pm »
Which Bittner/Spence are you referring to? The 'Use Cases' and 'Managing' books are both pretty good.

Yes, very much so!

There are some situations where a workaround can be found or another approach produces reasonable results. But sometimes there just does not seem to be a way to get the needed results. Some 'standard' control paradigms should appear in any scripting (or other programming) language. Loop control is certainly one of them.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Instance "State" required
« on: September 09, 2009, 11:15:39 pm »
Yeah, I've been of the same opinion for some time. Add my vote.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Instance queries required for shapescripts
« on: September 09, 2009, 11:14:49 pm »
And shape scripts too.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: IsRectangular query in Shapescripts
« on: September 09, 2009, 11:12:26 pm »
Oh yes!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Inserting page break by RTF generator
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:15:48 am »
That's good news.

Watch your results carefully though. I know Sparx pushed hard to get Build 848 out the door. It might not have all the kinks ironed out due to the very short time they had to work on it. And there might be other related issues, or even side effects, that did not come to light before the build was released.

If you do see more issues, please post back to the forum to let the rest of us know. You should probably create a new thread for each. And don't forget to send a bug report to Sparx as well. It is a good idea to paste in the URL of the forum thread for each bug report. That lets Sparx monitor and participate in any subsequent discussion.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Inserting page break by RTF generator
« on: September 01, 2009, 09:31:14 pm »
Build 848 got released early to address some serious problems with RTF documents. You might want to check that you've got this build (or at least not 847).


The project forum - let alone this one - is there to capture information (among other things). It stands to reason that it should be possible to format and present that information in the same ways as anything else that the project captures.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Hide all compartments in a class
« on: September 07, 2009, 11:47:34 pm »

The workaround is poor at best, as it requires customization to provide a 'standard' UML notation.

Not only that, but many other features of the EA drawing paradigm become unavailable when shape scripts are used.

And it requires adding a stereotype to an element where the intent is only to change the notation. That is, the stereotype does not have semantic value. IMHO this is just asking for trouble somewhere down the line.


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