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Suggestions and Requests / Lock owned elements as well
« on: September 08, 2015, 05:15:08 pm »
When using security in EA locking a package will lock all directly owned elements, and will request if it needs to lock owned packages as well.

Unfortunately this same behavior doesn't happen when locking an element. If an element has owned elements then you have to lock them one by one manually (which can be quite cumbersome)

I would like EA to automatically lock all owned elements when locking an element, or at least give me the option.

Change request sent to Sparx

Suggestions and Requests / Entry and join and stepnumber in RTF templates
« on: September 09, 2015, 04:35:38 pm »
When generating documents for use case scenario's there are a few things that I'm missing.
  • Entry points
  • Joins
  • Step numbers
It would be nice if we could get that info into the documents without having to write custom SQL or script fragments.

Feature request sent.


Suggestions and Requests / Open multiple search windows
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:18:42 pm »
I would love to be able to open multiple search windows at once.
I often have the situation where I have one "main" search result, but that I have to do other searches as well. Now i always have tot re-run my "main" search to keep my results.


Suggestions and Requests / Open "Select Item" dialog to API
« on: September 25, 2009, 10:44:35 pm »
I would love to be able to start the "Select Item" dialog from the API, and be able to get the results back as EA.Element (or .Operation, .Attribute etc...)
I think this would be a very usefull addition.

Who's with me?


Suggestions and Requests / Multilanguage support
« on: March 04, 2009, 06:07:10 pm »
It would be nice if EA would allow to configure different languages and allow each user-entered text field (including names of elements) to be translated in the configured languages.
This is a requirement that is common in multinationals and countries (like Belgium) that have multiple languages.
Although I hated having to work with Mega the last year, that was one of few advantages they have on EA.

Suggestions and Requests / Refactoring tools for sequence diagram
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:42:00 pm »
I'm currently refactoring some way too large sequence diagrams into separate operations with smaller sequence diagrams.
And I must say, it is a painstakingly slow process of copy/pasting some parts, and manually adding other parts of the original sequence diagram to the smaller new sequence diagrams.

It would be great to have refactoring tools such as "extract to new operation" or something like that.
In tools such as Visual Studio and Eclipse this is standard functionality.

Anyone have a solution for me? (addin or standard EA functionality)


Suggestions and Requests / Allow addin functionality on search results
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:53:55 pm »
It would really be useful if EA would allow to launch addin functionality from search results.
We often use EA's powerfull search facility in combination with our own addins, but the way it currently works is not very user friendly:
- right click on search result
- choose "select in project browser"
- right click on element/feature
- choose addin function.

I would love this to become
- right click on search result
- choose addin function

For that to work the getContextItem operation should ofcourse be adapted to allow for search results to be returned.

Anyone with me?


Suggestions and Requests / keyboard shortcut for "Apply/Release User Lock"
« on: November 24, 2009, 11:22:12 pm »
Currently it is not possible to assign a keyboard shortcut for the function "Apply/Release User Lock".
This is annoying if you have to lock/unlock a lot of elements.


Suggestions and Requests / More UML items in treeview + filtering
« on: October 08, 2009, 06:17:30 pm »
As a result about a bug regarding Constraints getting deleted we came to the conclusion that we needed a real solution for this.

This is a request with three related parts, which have to be developed together to ensure a consistent, workable solution.

1. UML items should never be owned by Diagrams
Currently some UML defined items such as notes and constraints are considered to be owned by the diagram they are displayed on. If you delete the diagram then the note or constraint gets deleted as well.
This is a BUG. In UML diagrams cannot own anything. A diagram is a VIEW on the model (much like a window, see Roy for more (surrealistic) thoughts about this). Deleting a view should never change anything the model behind it. The only things that a diagram should own are purely graphical things like free textboxes, rectangles etc..

2. All UML items should be shown int he model tree view
Everything that is defined by UML should is part of the model and should be shown in the model tree view. This includes relation, notes, constraints etc... This becomes especially important when part 1 is implemented since otherwise things like notes and constraint can not be deleted anymore.
Showing these items in the model tree view also allows us to re-use notes and constraints on other diagrams reducing the need for redundant information.

3. Add a filter to the project tree view
In a large model the tree view can now already become difficult to work with because of the sheer volume of items displayed.
If we are going to add even more items to the treeview then a filter will be needed in order to keep the treeview usable.
I suggest an option to be able to filter on type of element (class, note, relation, ...)
The suggestion from Paolo to be able to save filters would be a nice addition.

I've sent this as a Feature Request to Sparx.


Suggestions and Requests / Ignore Version Control configurations setting
« on: February 21, 2008, 06:08:37 pm »
I would like to be able to ignore some of version control configureations per user.
We are working with the corporate version with an Oracle database, and all of the models reside in one central database. The problem is that there are multiple departments and project teams that all have their own workset in the version control system. So for each workset I create a new version control configuration. Now there are two options, I can either have every user define a local path for each of the version control configurations, even if they are never going to work with that configuration, or I can tell the users only to define a local path for the project/department they work in, and leave the others blank. The problem with the first option is that for each configuration the users has to select a project in the VC, via a very clumsy UI. (select correct product, select correct workset, select project file). If the project is not in the default product/workset this process take a minute or so for each configuration (given that the user even knows where to look).
The second option, to configure only one VC configuration works fine, except for an annoying dialog asking whether the user wants to configure the VC configurations.
I would like to get rid of this annoying dialog, so a setting per user be able to ignore a certain configuration would be nice.

What do you think? Anyone already has a solution for this?

EA: v. 7.0 b 818 on Oracle
VC: PVCS v8 (aka Merant Dimensions) via SCC interface

Suggestions and Requests / adviseAttributeChanged and adviseOperationChanged
« on: September 21, 2009, 07:48:52 pm »
On the Repository there are two functions that work very well in refreshing the gui when you've changed something to the object:
- AdviseElementChanged
- AdviseConnectorChanged

Unfortunately these don't exist for attributes or operations. It would be nice (and Consistent  ;)) to have these type of function to attributes and operations as well.

I did find a workaround however, by first selecting the parent element in the treeview and then selecting the attribute/operation again. But that is not something I should be doing just to refresh the GUI.

Sent to Sparx as feature request.


Suggestions and Requests / Allow keyboard shortcuts for addins
« on: August 21, 2009, 09:58:43 pm »
Apparently this feature has been requested before, but I can't find the topic in this forum so I'll just create one.

I would like to be able to assign a keyboard shortcut to my add-in menu options.

I'll send an official request as well.


Suggestions and Requests / Association.isDerived as a regular property
« on: March 24, 2009, 07:48:26 pm »
After a little queeste I finally found how to make an association derived. Apparently the isDerived property of an association has to be set via advanced/custom properties.
This is far from intuitive and not documented in the user guide.
I only found the solution by searching the forum.
I propose to add a tickbox "Derived" in the association (connector) properties dialog.

If you define an InformationFlow between two activities then you can select InformationItems to be conveyed.
Currently there seems to be no way to navigate from the informationFlow to the InformationItem conveyed, or vice versa.
It would be nice that, starting from the InformationItem we could see all InformationFlows that convey this InformationItem, and the other way around; starting from the InformationFlow navigate to the InformationItems conveyed.

General Board / Schema Composer: how to create simple types?
« on: November 04, 2015, 07:45:50 pm »

We haven been asked to provide our logical data model as an XSD to an implementor.
I started looking at the new Schema Composer, as it seems to be designed for tasks like this.

The first try was rather successful, but now I'm a bit stuck with the datatypes we defined.
For example we have a datatype called GUID_Type. In XSD this should look like this:
Code: [Select]
<xs:simpleType name="GUID_Type">
      <xs:restriction base="xs:string">
            <xs:pattern value="[a-f0-9]{8}-[a-f0-9]{4}-[a-f0-9]{4}-[a-f0-9]{4}-[a-f0-9]{12}"/>
But all I get from the Schema composer is
Code: [Select]
<xs:complexType name="GUID_Type">

Is there any way I can tell the schema composer to translate my datatype as a simpleType?


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