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Suggestions and Requests / Include issue number in release notes
« on: July 11, 2012, 07:22:21 pm »
Each time I submit a bug report Sparx assigns an issue number for it. I have quite a number of such issue numbers and never get feedback what their state is - unless I poll.

Now, when a new release comes out wouldn't it be nice to read the list of closed issues? Just the numbers. That would help me to close my open issues. And it should be no effort for Sparx.


Suggestions and Requests / Limiting the loaded MDGs
« on: April 06, 2012, 12:17:42 am »
In order to not flood users with superfluous click-tasks we would like to automatically limit the MDGs to UML2 plus our own MDG. Currently the only way is to read the Options from the registry, manipulate the MDG_TECHNOLOGY_STATUS key and ask the user to restart if it needed to be changed (since EA already has evaluated that key when the EA_Connect is fired).

Would it make sense to ask for an API addition to limit MDGs to a certain subset?


Suggestions and Requests / Interaction State
« on: February 23, 2012, 12:47:34 am »
When showing states in a sequence diagram you have the choice to either drag a state onto the diagram or to create InteractionStates elements. It seems obvious that there's a relation between both. You could say that InteractionState cite States verbally. You can only drag one single occurrence of a State onto a diagram. The "instance of an element" does not work. It's always copied as a link.

So my suggestion: an InteractionState is an instance of a state. When you ctrl-drag a state the "instance of an element" will create an InteractionState. For a start it would be sufficient if that element just receives the name of the state. However, it would be more logical if there's also a relation between both (a classifier) so you can trace back from the InteractionState to the State.


Suggestions and Requests / User management
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:35:02 am »
We have several EA repositories on a SQL server where a couple of modellers work. Since we use Require Lock to Edit we have EA security enabled. The problem we have here is that all users need to be maintained individually in the single repositories. What we currently do is exporting the users as reference data, login to the other repositories and import the users. This is quite tedious. It would be much more convenient if I could tell EA to directly map the users to other repositories. (I just remember a post where Uffe wanted model elements representing EA repositories. How nicely that would fit here.)

Honestly, taking the above step it should not be difficult to have some kind of central user management. E.g. by having a master repository. Which in turn could contain Uffe's repository elements to model the deployment.


Suggestions and Requests / Baseline merge
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:56:23 pm »
I wonder why nobody else had stomach ache with this one so far: When you compare a model to XMI and merge a single element EA starts the whole model compare from the beginning - which takes quite a while when comparing complete models. I simply ask: why? The result of the merge should be that the merged element is no longer different and can simply be removed from the list. This should take only a millisecond.


Suggestions and Requests / Recursive baseline merge
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:19:19 pm »
Another nuisance with baseline merge is that to get a package (or a number of different changes to an element like tags and relations) you need to manually select each and everything. That is unfold the whole thing and select everything manually. Why doesn't merge do what you would expect and recursively merge everything below an element?


Suggestions and Requests / MDG creation process
« on: December 16, 2011, 11:55:31 pm »
The current MDG creation process is quite error prone. It refers to a couple of profile XMI files located on the disk. All these files usually come from the model itself. What you do when changing the model is locating the source package or diagram and save it to disk. The position of the file is not retained (instead it refers to a last-recent-location). So it often happens you save the profile to a wrong location. Then you create the MDG anew, restart EA and find your MDG not working. An often tedious process. (I'm just looking for the profile XMI which has been clobbered by one of the last saves.)

Instead why not saving references to the source packages/diagrams inside EA and invoke the generation which uses temp saved files to create MDG?


Suggestions and Requests / Project Integrity Check for automation
« on: September 13, 2011, 01:57:06 am »
It would be nice to run the project integrity check from automation. Currently this can only be run manually. I'd simply expect the check/correction results to be returned as string (though having detailed information would be even nicer but that's a different story).


Suggestions and Requests / Element properties
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:27:11 am »
In 9.0 Sparx has re-designed the properties window in a way which makes data entry more comfortable. But then there are still Attributes and Operations which open a different window. Why have these not been left in the same window? Wouldn't it be logical to show these as sub-branches in the left pane under Details (which in turn should be on top level)? This way you could easily swap between different views. Now you still have to close/open another window.


Suggestions and Requests / Turn off hints
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:23:00 pm »
We have quite some diagrams showing classes in a layered form. When moving the mouse pointer the ballon help always pops up. This is very annoying. There should be an option to turn this off.


Suggestions and Requests / Composite/context diagrams
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:03:06 am »
EA supports composite diagrams for many elements. I use them often to show the context of the element. This is nice as navigation is possible by dbl-clicking the element.

Unfortunately there is no attribute which tells me that a diagram was chosen to be the composite diagram for an element. How nice it would be if this could be made visible!

First it should be visible in the project browser. Some (color) indicator could show that the respective diagram is the composite diagram. And the diagram itself should not be moveable outside the element (it is its composite view!). Currently you can move it to any location?!

Second it should be possible to elect an existing diagram to be the composite view from the project browser. Not only from the diagram rendering of the element's context menu (Advanced/Make Composite).

Third the API should be able to find out/set the appropriate composite attributes.

What do you think?


General Board / Forum trouble
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:28:35 pm »
It looks like I'm not the only one experiencing trouble when posting. When I send a new post the server does not respond, though saving the post. This got me re-posting 4 times the same post  yesterday until I got what to do.

Sparxians: please fix that.


General Board / UML pattern
« on: November 12, 2015, 08:06:14 am »
Last time I used patterns is a while ago but I remember it has been working for me. Now I wanted to create a pattern once again but failed at the very beginning. The help tells me "Select required diagram |  Diagram | Advanced | Save Diagram as UML Pattern". Well, there is no  Save Diagram as UML Pattern but only Save as Profile.  :-?


General Board / Method and Operation in EA
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:44:35 am »
I'm not expecting a fix but rather a confirmation:

Method class: A method represents a UML operation.

Behavior: Some further explanatory behavior notes (for example, pseudocode).

Quote operation owned by a class may have a related method that defines its detailed behavior...

So in EA an UML operation is called method and a UML method is called behavior (as attribute of an EA method). Correct?


General Board / Book about MDG
« on: November 21, 2015, 08:58:24 am »
Hi there,
I just published my latest concoction Domain Specific Profiles, Configuring EA with MDG Files.

I hope it as helpful as the other books :) Any comment is very welcome.


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