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General Board / Re: A gripe about 3.51
« on: February 13, 2003, 09:04:58 pm »
This is turning into one of those threads where we angrily agree with each other!!

So there!!  ::)

I'm an Access developer, and I'm faced with a profession that tends to reply to that with "who isn't?"  Almost all of my work is taking up the reins where someone else fell off the horse because they didn't know what the hell they were doing.  I see so much mediocre and just plain hopeless programming I could weep.  Worse, I meet other Access 'programmers' that think a naming convention is somewhere that registrars swap phone numbers.  Almost all of my work is for relatively small companies that don't have much of a development budget, or for huge companies that assume all Access programmers are amateurs.  The upshot is that I'm in no position to jump on the Rational ( :-X ) bandwagon, and all the other resources that I can afford are simply hopeless.
I don't really know why I'm telling you this, except to add force to my commitment to EA: in the world in which I work it's the answer to my prayers!

Uh-oh...evangelist in the making... :-/

All the best


General Board / Re: A gripe about 3.51
« on: February 13, 2003, 02:00:50 pm »
Ok, ok  :P

If gripe = "Trivial whinge", too right, keep it to yourself or mutter about it here.

But, if gripe = "Doesn't work right" or "would work better if" then it's got to be helpful to Sparx if they not only know about it, but can get some idea of how many people are finding it to be a problem so they can prioritise their work.

Moreover, EA is a tool for software designers/analysts.  Forgive me for sounding pompous, but that being the case, it seems to me that is should be a paragon of UI design itself.  That's why I'm so impressed by the response I get from Geoff Sparks - he genuinely seems keen to make EA as good as it can be.

That's what needs to be supported, and that's what we should all bear in mind when we're deciding whether to bang on about something here, or submit it as a clear, thought out, well written bug report or feature request.

Ooops! I think I've used up more than my 2 cents worth...!

Regards to you all

Andrew Webster

General Board / Re: A gripe about 3.51
« on: February 12, 2003, 10:56:55 pm »
My 2 cents worth - if you've got a gripe, send it in as a bug report.

I'm sending in dozens of the things - this is a great product and I'm right behind giving Geoffrey Sparks all the feedback he can get.

Better still, every time I submit a bug report, he write back to me, usually within a couple of hours (we're both in Australia).  Find me any other commercial company that sells it's products for these prices and provides that kind of service....

B*tch about the big guys that charge a fortune and don't provide support that's worth a damn and I'm right behind you.  But personally I think that EA is a product that deserves a lot of support from it's user-communuty.

Now let's all hold hands and start singing.... :-/

Ok...maybe not...

All the best

Andrew Webster

General Board / Re: Import Access source code
« on: February 26, 2003, 04:23:01 pm »
I've been working with EA on an Access project solidly for the last couple of weeks, and I've really put it through its paces.

As far as I can tell, there is no way to directly import and analyse code from Access.  I would imagine that this is because code within Access isn't stored in external text files, like most other development environments, but is tucked away within Access's own format.

I've written a couple of tools to analyze and play around with code in Access code module, and its not difficult, but it's a fiddle, so I imagine Sparx have decided to come back to it!

It's certainly something that would help me as well, so I might just put it in as a feature request - I'd suggest that you do as well.

In the meantime, although synchronization will be a fiddle, you could try to 'Save As Text' the code modules in your Access project, then have a go at getting EA to import them as if they were VB.  I'm making this up as I go along, but it sounds right.  WHen I get a moment, I'll try it.  Let me know if you have any success yourself.

All the best

Andrew Webster

General Board / Re: Diagram Relationships
« on: February 25, 2003, 03:24:35 am »
I know exactly what you mean.  It can be represented, but don't expect to be able to create useful DDL.

Create the Primary Key by simply defining each attribute (column) as Primary.  Now create a foreign key (operation stereotype FK) in the other table for each column - 5 keys, 5 FKs.

Now drag an association from the FK table to the primary table.  Open up its properties, and set the Target Role to the primary key, the Source Role to the first Foreign Key.  Change it's name if you wish.  Repeat for all the other keys.

It now looks like a multiple column relationship, although if you try to create DDL based on this you'll be in for a disappointment.

All the best

Andrew Webster

General Board / Re: Association labels resizing themselves? Huh?!
« on: February 17, 2003, 07:06:24 pm »
OK, I'll stop 'notifying' myself on this thread and just report it as a bug.

Thanks all


General Board / Re: Association labels resizing themselves? Huh?!
« on: February 17, 2003, 02:55:43 pm »
Well, the diagrams I'm dealing with haven't been copied, so there must be more than one way to get these labels to start misbehaving.  I'll see if there are any other responses to this post before I submit it as a bug, just so I can submit as much information as possible.

Anyone else get this weirdness?

All the best


General Board / Association labels resizing themselves? Huh?!
« on: February 16, 2003, 03:35:22 pm »
Has anyone elase had this happen to their diagrams?

For no apparent reason, the labels on associations are no longer the neat little areas that just cover their contents, but have re-sized to about ten times their original height.

As I've no idea what's caused this, I thought I'd put it to the forum before submitting it as a bug in case someone can tell me if I've done something dumb. (It's been known... ::))



General Board / Re: How do I upgrade registered version?
« on: February 13, 2003, 10:38:47 pm »
It seems I'm determined to keep forgetting the name of the EA RequiosititiousnessControl.

No respect, some people... ;)

My Friday is just winding up - I'm off for the weekend.

Have a good 'un yourself


General Board / Re: How do I upgrade registered version?
« on: February 13, 2003, 08:36:16 pm »
Thanks Steve,

Of course I'm on site and the registration is back at base...

I'll have to pick the upgrade up later.

All the best


P.S. I haven't checked your site recently - how's EA RequisiteControl going?

General Board / How do I upgrade registered version?
« on: February 13, 2003, 05:47:41 pm »
Colour me dumb, but could anyone tell me how I upgrade my registered version?

EA's just gone to Build 601, and I'd like to download it and upgrade my build 600, but I can't see where to get hold of anything other than the trial version.

I'm sure it's staring me right in the face...



Andrew Webster

Bugs and Issues / Re: Problems with resizing connector label
« on: November 26, 2008, 01:20:13 pm »
Found the same on Class Diagrams (being used for ER diagrams).

Makes for a very messy diagram.

Uml Process / Re: Activity Diagrams and Actors
« on: November 25, 2003, 01:59:08 am »

I've ust solved the same problem by using swimlanes named after the Actors.  Keep the Actors themselves off the Activity diagram!

Instead, use the Relationships matrix to create links between the Actors and the Activities.

This keeps the relationship diagram clean.  If you now drop an Actor onto the diagram, the links you've created in the realtionships matrix will indeed show up, but there's little point: the swimlanes convey very clearly who's doing what.

Hope this helps,

Andrew Webster

Uml Process / Re: USE CASE Cookbook
« on: February 10, 2003, 09:55:30 pm »
That's rather what I had in mind.

Anyone seen a website that offers the same sort of information?


All the best

Andrew Webster

Uml Process / Re: USE CASE Cookbook
« on: February 10, 2003, 03:36:49 pm »
Hah! Just found the second page of postings for this thread...duh!

I'm up for the hour a week idea, I can always spare an hour when I've got a feeling that somewhere down the track it'll save me two hours.

I don't think it would be a huge problem if people were supplying different ways to solve the same problem. I applaud the effort to try and distill patterns from similar Use Cases, but I could see that a Cookbook could perhaps benefit from people suypplying their own flavours!  If the goal is to provide a resource that analyst programmers could browse through to find something to simplify their lives, then seeing several takes on the same issue could be helpful.  If the Cookbook was a website, then users could vote for recipes, and this would make them self-sorting.

All the best

Andrew Webster

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