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General Board / Re: Showing tags in Actions or Activities
« on: January 23, 2008, 07:52:56 am »
Right you are. I haven't even thought of that and I've been using it myself.  :D

General Board / Re: Showing tags in Actions or Activities
« on: January 22, 2008, 01:45:53 pm »
I believe you are referring to ability (or rather inability) of showing Activity tagged values on the diagrams itself.
If that's the case then, no you cannot see it by default. Only specific elements such as class can show additional compartments by default. However, if you change your activity in the diagram to use the rectangle notation (right-click the activity - Advanced -> Use Rectangle Notation) then tags will appear. I know it's not ideal but you can always have 2 diagrams - one pure with normal notation and no-tags and the other one with extra information such as tags but rectangle notation.
I hope this helps.


General Board / Re: Does Sparx sell paid support?
« on: December 05, 2007, 11:24:47 am »
If you think person-to-person call support I am not sure if they do. However, if you do have an issue and you require support you email it to their support department and they'll address it. Actually, in my experience, they're pretty good with that.
Additionally, it is highly likely that this forum can help you even before your problem becomes a problem that deserves attention of Sparx support team. Many people here have great knowledge of EA and have been very fast and helpful with their advices.

General Board / Re: Enterprise Architect User Guide
« on: November 25, 2007, 01:25:29 pm »
The only problem with having a hard copy of EA user guide is the fact that it would be out of synch at the release of the next major build (i.e. 7.1) as new features will inevitably come.
I have used EA's user guide, in PDF format of course, and placed on the network share for my team to refer to. What we have done then is to take some excerpts from the guide itself and created a "mini" EA manual for existing and the new team members' orientation, which was printed in colour. That way we only update the subset if applicable due to new features.
I hope this gives some ideas.

General Board / Re: Database Tables
« on: November 16, 2007, 03:40:03 pm »
No need to write special transformation. Just use the EA's built in transformation and transform the class package to DDL. Then you will get the classes stereotyped as tables with Language property list showing EA's supported target databases. You will need to set each table to desired DBMS.

General Board / Re: Enterprise Architect Templates
« on: October 26, 2007, 08:48:29 am »
Any chance you can include me as well in the testing. Your add-in sounds very interesting and very appealing.
Thanks in advance.


General Board / Re: Share directory and floating licencing
« on: November 13, 2007, 06:25:58 pm »
He's right. The key does work even when the file is copied to another drive. Interestingly enough, when trying to point to another shared key file the EA prompts that current key needs to be returned (working only with one keystore) which is correct behaviour. However, when proceeding anyways and pointing to copied sskeys.dat file the OK button remains disabled which is again correct behaviour, BUT even when you click on Cancel button EA points to new keystore w/o any issues and presto - you have your own copy of EA - Corporate edition.
I believe that this might be a bug that needs to be addressed through Sparx. One suggestion to mitigate this in the short term is to embed the path of the sskeys.dat file upon its creation and if it changes do not allow retrieval of the key. Please submit this issue to Sparx.


General Board / Re: Share directory and floating licencing
« on: November 13, 2007, 07:21:53 am »
I guess you just have to trust your team. ;)
Although I agree that floating license management from Sparx is not ideal, you can still manage it very well. In example, I made sure that the only people who can access the folder where key file resides, are the ones that do EA related work. I also made sure that they are aware of the fact that the key can be get only from that location and no copying allowed and in the installation and key retrieval guide I specifically mentioned that. Not perfect by any means but so far I had no incidents.


General Board / Re: Enterprise Analyst
« on: November 12, 2007, 08:32:59 am »
If I understood you correctly you are looking to validate the design through some simulation or execution. The only product that i have been using for that specific purpose is from Telelogic and is called Tau.
I have used EA though for debugging and visualizing my code ( which in some way validates my design but after the fact. I'm sure that's not what you're looking for.

General Board / Re: Enterprise Analyst
« on: November 09, 2007, 03:14:52 pm »
I have, and I personally did not find it valuable. You can do much of the same with EA and it really depends what are you trying to achieve. I have introduced it to my team, all systems analysts and business analysts and they found it unintuitive.


General Board / Re: Reporting with Microsoft Access ?
« on: November 11, 2007, 05:18:07 pm »
Yes, do what Midnight said. Corporate edition allows you to create your models within the DBMS (Oracle, MSSQL 2K-2005, etc..). That is what I have done within my company and had Access as a front end for reporting and simple data entry. You can certainly put some kind of web front end to the repository itself and through EA's automation interface manipulate the model itself.

General Board / Re: Reporting with Microsoft Access ?
« on: November 10, 2007, 11:26:42 pm »
Well, I do not see why not. I was in the same situation and that is why a resorted to same solution. You have to be careful though, a little error on behalf of your data entry guys via Access front end and you can mess up your whole model. Make sure you setup frequent backups - just in case.

General Board / Re: Reporting with Microsoft Access ?
« on: November 10, 2007, 09:07:09 am »
I have done something like that. However, I linked tables from MS SQL server (where my EA models reside) into MS Access and then produced reports from there. It works good and it really is a cheap reporting tool. BTW, I use MS Access 2003 and right now I'm experimenting with MS Access 2007. ;)


General Board / Re: BPMN2 - any plan to implement it?
« on: November 11, 2007, 09:04:50 pm »
Hmmm, interesting to hear that your company is adopting a standard that hasn't been formalized yet. I am having trouble to get my company to accept the BPMN period, let alone version 2 of it. Anyways, I kind of agree - EA and Sparx should not implement a standard that hasn't been finalized since we all know that requiremetns change ( ;)) constantly.

General Board / Re: Visio Add-In Import Capability
« on: October 25, 2007, 08:36:29 am »
Well, not quite, only that it will be addressed in near future. However, as of build 817 this add-in worked fine for me and crashed EA only once and that was on a goofy flow diagram that, I think, add-in cannot interpret. I do not know if they had fixed it but I did notice that when I downloaded reinstalled it (4 weeks ago) the version had changed from 1.0 to 1.1. So, maybe some these issues have been addressed?!

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