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Bugs and Issues / Generalization notation
« on: April 18, 2016, 04:05:02 pm »
A class shown on a diagram without the class from which it is specialized is shown with the name of the general class in italics top right of class compartment. Now I have fostered UML 1.5 and 2.5 but could not spot any reference which rectifies this notation. So I guess, this is a bug?


General Board / How TF can I list my latest posts?
« on: March 02, 2016, 01:19:42 am »

Bugs and Issues / Online Help quirks
« on: February 11, 2016, 11:19:22 pm »
Already having said, that I'm not very happy with the online help variant. Now I have another issue which might well simply be caused by my age. The contrast of the index at the left is very, very poor. I can not read it unless I zoom in (luckily with my Mac that's quite easy). So Sparxians, could you please hold your feat under the table when your marketing guys ask for a new CI and just keep the contrast in the browser at a level so handicapped people can also read what they need to read? Thanks a bunch!


P.S. Next time they are asking: send them back to Golgafrincham.

Suggestions and Requests / Entry of operations
« on: February 10, 2016, 02:46:37 am »
When you create a new operation, EA obviously can parse the parameter string. You can just paste the C++ parameter string as from the source and it will find names and types. So why not take that one step further and parse the whole signature? Assuming blanks in the name could lead EA to parse the string to find return type, name and parameters.

Similarly attributes could be treated.


Bugs and Issues / Adding operations/attributes
« on: February 10, 2016, 12:37:58 am »
I have ranted about this not too long ago, but as I've got into coding once more, I stumbled over this once again: when I add new operations and press the cursor down key (well, another EAUI I got used to) it places the cursor in the name field for the next operation below the bottom row. So strange, so fine. Now when I do the same with attributes, all entries are shifted one line down when I tab out of the name field (the first line is cleared for input). The cursor down does not work here.

So what? Were this two developer groups, where one sits in India and the other one in Tonga Tonga? Or was this intentional to confuse the users?

And another thing: the order of the attributes in the edit window is different to that in the project browse. It looks as if they are sorted alphabetically. Why? (No, the Sort Alphabetically is not switched on.)


P.S. Now I remember. If you click the sort triangle in the name field, this is what you see. Of course, you do not see that this has been clicked somewhen in the past. EAUI, I love it  :P

P.P.S. Following I clicked various of the sort triangles. Seems you CAN distinguish whether they were clicked. So did I click all of them? ICR However, it happened that the input field appeared amidst the attributes. Well, ...

General Board / Reverse engineering C++
« on: February 09, 2016, 09:48:34 pm »
I almost never have used reverse engineering with EA except for databases. But now I have a little private project where I wanted to document the sources before going into code. Saying "Hey, I got EA. It can do that for me!" was my first thought and I fired it up. But disappointment struck at once. I get parse errors which are, well, as I expected :( EA-like.
Code: [Select]
There was an error parsing Z:\Marlin\Marlin\configuration_store.cpp  on line 96.  Unexpected symbol: void
There was an error parsing Z:\Marlin\Marlin\MarlinSerial.h  on line 122.  Unexpected symbol: )
This code is nothing extraordinary. The CPP compiles with no issues.

So what is the EA RE worth? Nothing at all in the end?


Bugs and Issues / Forum search not working
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:14:18 am »
I'm currently relocating the links I saved from the old forum and as already told I was not able to find most of them back. Now with the old links enabled I have a chance. But the search does not seem to work. What I discovered is that typing a word in the search text made an auto-completion (I had filled in the author before). I'm just guessing that there's some Java script running for that?! Anyhow, when clicking the search button I get no results at all. So far I was able to find back 10% (at best) by repeating the old threat title. 90% gave me zero results.

At the worst case I need to go back to where the thread was started in the forum to find it. Luckily with reducing the title to one word plus the author I got most of them so far.


P.S. Probably the auto-completion in the text is not due to a Java script communicating with the Sparx server but due to a history stored in Safari (because I already use the search term unsuccessfully in the past).

P.P.S. the former highlight is no longer visible (e.g.,23590.msg194214.html#msg194214)

P.P.S. on a side note: the time stamps were mangled. Eg.,5375.msg124644.html vs This thread is one of those you will not find by entering the title in the search.

Bugs and Issues / Bug on the forum page
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:32:22 am »
Discuss specific usage issues with other users. To report bugs and issues to Sparx Systems, use the Report a Bug link at the foot of this page.

But there is no such link. Same for Suggestions.

Suggestion: replace the bold text by the appropriate links.


Suggestions and Requests / IsOwned property
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:43:24 pm »
With UML 2.5 the IsOwned property had been introduced to replace navigable connectors. I (and obviously OMG) make extended use of the property. Unfortunately it is quite hidden in EA (expand Advanced, scroll way down...). I wished this was placed at a more direct place (under Detail).


Suggestions and Requests / Auto-naming of composite diagrams
« on: June 23, 2015, 04:11:23 pm »
Whenever I create a composite diagram the embedded composite diagram is named after the element's auto-name (e.g. Statemachine1).  But usually I rename the element to something meaningful on creation. So when I'm done I have to do the same with the composite diagram.

I'm not asking to link both names (which would be ideal) but if the diagram name could be set to the same name as the element [highlight]after[/highlight] pressing OK on the element properties this would be a nice improvement.


Suggestions and Requests / Where it the North Pole?
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:32:57 pm »
I wonder what happens with all the suggestions posted here. Does anyone at Sparx really care? Or do you just send them to Santa@North.Pole?

Probably it would be nice if Santa moves from North to South Pole as it it much nearer to Australia.


Suggestions and Requests / Better diagnostics (for MDG)
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:16:09 am »
Whenever I create a MDG and make a mistake, some things simply do not work. No message. No trace. No hint. I have to start RPG (an once famous programming language; in Germany the acronym translates Rate, Probiere, Gucke - guess, experiment, look - maybe Riddle, Probe, Glance could be an equivalent acronym).


(I'd wish the same for other secret things like e.g. XMI import with Duplicate Key messages, DB access errors in various circumstance. But MDG improvements would be a place to start with.)

Suggestions and Requests / Auto-select message upon creation
« on: May 01, 2013, 02:41:22 am »
Currently if you create a message to an object EA puts the focus on the target element, not on the created message. The way I use the tool is to create and then edit the message to assign a method name. Unfortunately again, it looks like the message is selected, but it isn't. So the Enter key following the creation will open the object properties. It would be soooo nice if this use case would be supported.

And NO, the option "edit connector on create" is not an option since I want to do this only with the minor number of messages and NOT with all the other connectors. Honestly I don't want a new option for that too unless the other options get a meaningful structure! The current one is not really prepared to win an UI design award.


Suggestions and Requests / Delete method in API
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:38:40 pm »
Each thing (be it element, connector, package, diagram or what else) should have a Delete method to directly delete it. Rather than locating it in one of its parent collections and then deleting it from there.


Suggestions and Requests / Checkmark in MDG selection
« on: April 20, 2013, 07:13:56 am »
If the checkmark in the MDG selection would be located left of the text it would be much easier to identify which are turned on and which will be turned on/off when clicked.


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