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Uml Process / Display all used stereotypes in the project browser
« on: January 04, 2021, 03:42:08 pm »
Hello, EA experts,

Is there a way to display all stereotypes (used in a model) in the project browser?

In Cameo EA, that option was possible and I could drag a stereotype from the project browser to an element to apply that stereotype to the element. Very easy and straight forward.

Is this feature available in EA?

Thank you,

Uml Process / Describe questionnaire algorithm in UML
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:14:52 am »
Hello, EA Experts,

I need your input on the right way to describe a questionnaire in UML. I am trying to model a questionnaire that includes multiple sections as below:

Each section is modeled as a class and questions and answers are modeled as Enumeration (in case of multiple-choice questions) or Data Type (in case of free text questions) as below:

Is this the right way to do it?

I hope that I have not confused (I feel I might have done so) between modeling the questionnaire at the abstract level (the type of question and types of answers, multiple-choice vs free text) and modeling it at the object/instance level where I state the specific Questions and Answers in each section.

Thank you so much,

Thanks a lot, q. for great insights.

Based on your advice, I will save my time/energy to capture the structural and behavioral aspects of the system (to achieve the user/business objectives) without worrying about continuous sync with the code. Hopefully I can manage this part well to call myself "being lucky" :)

Again, thank you for your advice q.

I guess after what you said, I should not try to keep the model and the code in lockstep as I originally envisioned. It does not seem to be practical and it seems to be a time-consuming task.

It seems that the "main" use of the model is to to plant the system's idea in the coders' heads (a way to ensure we are on the same page). Also, it seems that trying to rigorously maintain the model as the single source of truth (through continious sync with the code) is very challenging.

Hello, q.

Thank you very much for the advice. I started to realize that when I came across some older posts in which you and other EA experts raised concerns on generating code from EA.

It seems that the concept of Model Based Development is unattainable.

With that said, I am wondering how can I establish a close synchrony between my model as an architect and the code generated by the developer?


Thank you again, RoyC. This is exactly what I need help to figure it out.

I hope another EA expert would be able to open the link and figure out what's going on.


Hello, RoyC,

Thank you very much for your response! That solves my first issue.

I included a link to the screenshot of the project browser and the code generation dialogue box. It shows the selected package includes several classes but only one class was added to the dialogue box for code generation.

I would appreciate to take a look at the screenshot and let me know what you think.

I don't think there's an option to embed an image to the message body.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Generate Python code from package
« on: December 30, 2020, 08:08:31 am »
Hello, EA experts,

I am trying to generate a Python code from a package but I faced 2 issues.

Question 1: how can I make the model generates the code in Python?

When I go to
Start > Desktop > Preferences > Preferences > Source Code Engineering > <language name>
Configure > Model > Options > Source Code Engineering > <language name>

I do not see an option to select Python (Please see the screenshot)

Question 2: when I go to Develop > Source Code > Generate > Generate All

I do not see all the classes under the package, listed in the dialogue box. Did I do something wrong? (Please see the screenshot)

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much, Geert! It worked  :)

I assume that after exporting, I can update the Excel sheet and add more rows as needed, then import it again.

Thank you very much again!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: User Guide for MDG for Microsoft Office
« on: December 29, 2020, 07:05:50 pm »

Thank you very much! This should be very helpful.

I was hoping to find sample Excel documents for importing/exporing classes, attributes, enumeration, data types.

It seems that all the samples are for Requirements.

I wish that Sparx considers expanding on the use cases of the Excel import/export.

Thank you,

I would appreciate the help in editing the export query

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Roadmap Diagram Options
« on: December 29, 2020, 01:32:39 pm »
Hello, Paolo,

Thank you for your response. Yes it does accept 0 as a standalone value, this is how it looks.

I tried to add the add after the 0 but if did not work. This field only accepts numeric values but it does not accept any date format which is weird! I think this might be a bug? 


Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Roadmap Diagram Options
« on: December 29, 2020, 09:24:44 am »
Hello, EA Experts,

I am trying to edit the Strategy map model available in EA but I am unable to edit the time.

I am unable to set the date between 23/07/2020 and 30/7/2021

When I pick "Custom" from the "Units" dropdown menu, I am unable to add any special character to separate the day, month and year

Thank you,

Hello, Geert,

Again, it seems that your tool is always the solution  :)

I don't have experience dealing with queries.

Where exactly should I add this line? at the end of the query (just copy and paste) or should I delete a line from the query and replace it with this line?

This is what I did...

But I must have done something wrong because I got an error message

Thank you!

Hello, EA experts

I am trying to import/export (from and to Excel) the "Initial Value" field under "Attributes (among other fields of course). I am using this field to show a range of values (as shown in the screenshot)

How can I import/export the "Initial Value" field?

This does not seem to be possible using Bellekens tool and I tried to do so using MDG Integration for Office but I failed.

Thank you in advance.

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