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Suggestions and Requests / Re: DoDAF version 2.0
« on: July 21, 2009, 08:09:02 am »
A new DODAF beta for EA is out in the past day or so. Check the Latest News section of the forum.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Diagram Annotation
« on: July 21, 2009, 08:06:38 am »
Quite right Aaron,

I just checked and it seems EA still (this dates back quite some time) refuses to let you select (and thus modify) a note link to a connector.

There might be some way to do so, but I'm stumped.

Does anyone know a way to specify the attachment point?


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Diagram Annotation
« on: July 20, 2009, 10:44:19 pm »
You can attach a note to multiple elements (or connectors) on a class diagram. Why not try the same on a sequence chart?

Create a note using the Common section of the toolbox. [Use this method for now if you are currently adding notes via another method. The technique should work regardless, but this will be easier to understand.]

If you want to attach the note to one or more connectors on the diagram, right-click the note and from the context menu choose Advanced | Set Attached Links. This will invoke a dialog allowing you to attach the note to one or more connectors on the current diagram.

If you want to attach the note to elements on the diagram then use the Note Link tool. You can find this on the Common toolbox panel (it is usually the final icon) or on the Diagram toolbar. It is the icon with the straight dotted line from the lower left to upper right corner. As with other connectors just drag the tool from the note to the target element and EA will create the link.

You can combine the above techniques to attach notes to both connectors and elements.

I will leave it to you to try this on sequence charts. These are sort of 'orphans' among EA diagrams, as they seem to act differently than other diagrams in several ways. I have not tested the 'normal' note behavior in this case.

HTH, David

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Locks Checking
« on: July 20, 2009, 08:34:30 am »
Add my vote!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Improved AS3 Parsing
« on: July 15, 2009, 07:47:45 am »
Have you tried setting one of your model packages as a namespace root?

[Note that this feature might not work outside of specific languages. I know it supports .Net and Java, but I have no idea if the feature has been extended to AS.]

While we're on the subject... Did you set the AS Default Version to 3.0 (it defaults to 2.0) in the Tools | Options | Source Code Engineering | ActionScript?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Repository node in Project browser
« on: July 11, 2009, 03:17:32 am »
Oops...   :-[

Perhaps if it showed up as something other than a package. That would be fine.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Repository node in Project browser
« on: July 10, 2009, 11:55:17 pm »
Please make the request. This sounds like a very good idea.

The Repository node could be 'virtual' in the sense that it would not (necessarily have to) be an element. It would also not need to show up in the Project Browser. This way there should be minimal disruption to the existing project hierarchy and visible interface.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multiple collection class support
« on: June 18, 2009, 07:29:09 am »
Well said Dirk.

To improve your chances of a response from Sparx, I suggest you make an 'official' feature request. This is a user forum, though the Sparxians are very active here. This section of the forum is largely for discussion of feature requests and ideas for improvement.

Use the link near the bottom of any forum page, under the Support link.

When you fill out your suggestion, I suggest you paste in the URL of this forum thread. This will help any Sparxians who might want to monitor or participate in this discussion.

And if you do receive a reply from Sparx, please post back and let the rest of us know.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Documentation for Transformations
« on: June 12, 2009, 10:14:51 pm »
You cannot customize DDL generation, if that is what you mean. If you mean customizing templates for transformation of (say) an object model into a database model, then you should check the white papers, tutorials, and whatever else you find in the Resources section of the Sparx site. Follow the link at the top of any forum page.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Run scripts from context menu
« on: May 27, 2009, 10:14:51 pm »
That would make sense. It should fit nicely into the current paradigm.

(If this suggestion were taken) I'd like to see this implemented in the API as well.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Another script request
« on: May 27, 2009, 10:13:23 pm »
Nice idea!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tracking changes to connectors
« on: May 26, 2009, 02:58:48 am »
Check the Windows registry. I don't remember the key, but you can use the registry editor (carefully, don't change anything!) to find it.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tracking changes to connectors
« on: May 21, 2009, 09:47:48 am »
Very true, and it would certainly go a long way.

But this begs the following questions:
  • Why not do the same for elements too? Is there some reason why connectors should be handled through a different paradigm?
  • Why do we have different structures in the database for these two entity types? What's important about elements and not so for connectors?
  • As long as connectors have PDATA fields, why are these fields not exposed the way they are for elements?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tracking changes to connectors
« on: May 20, 2009, 09:36:31 pm »
Perhaps by using the PDATA fields of the connector. You would have to use an add-in, and directly manipulate the underlying database. For the EA Element class these fields are available via the MiscData properties, but not so for the Connector class. With the Element class the fields are read-only from the API (thus the need to directly manipulate the database if you want to change these fields).

Note that EA uses these fields to store various 'magic' values (that are largely undocumented, and are subject to change). You would have to ensure you did not disrupt any values EA placed in these fields, and you would be at risk of EA damaging your data.

Thus my comments about the schema...

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