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General Board / Re: VARCHAR2 (.. CHAR) not supported in 8i?
« on: December 09, 2005, 04:01:30 pm »

Does your application need to be concerned with representation in various languages (i.e. globalization) and /or different character sets?

The 'char' versus 'byte' qualification is new, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't in 8i.  That may be the problem right there...

How did you even get EA to generate this?  I did a quick test on a table with VARCHAR2 and CHAR columns and didn't get this additional NLS qualifier.

I'm on EA 6.0.778.. what version are you on?


General Board / Re: Stored procedures in Oracle Packages
« on: November 29, 2005, 11:05:30 am »

Assume sobedi was talking about dbms_metadata, an Oracle 10g built-in package to extract/ transform the packages, I can give you a sample script to do the same.

This, along with the on-line help should get you XMI files ready for import into your EA.  Just let me know the email address you wish me to send it to.


P.S. I don't agree that EA should have the built-in ability to r/e vendor-specific implementations of server-side code.  It would be nice, but it's not on my top 10 list of enhancements.

General Board / Re: from objects to classes  and traceability
« on: September 23, 2005, 10:00:16 am »
>  It does. Don't you have a sandbox to test that?
> I guess it was faster than writing the quote.

Yea I did test it out first, but didn't want to come across as 'telling everyone HOW to do it'.

> I thought that analysis came before where I use
> objects that eventually might land in classes.... so how
> can i drag/drop a class at this stage?

Well, I don't know about other analysts but I usually show objects on diagrams just to show concrete examples of the abstract classes.

This also applies to the 'design' aspect, but I always start with classes (either in Analysis and Design).


General Board / Re: from objects to classes  and traceability
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:34:25 pm »

If you do a 'paste' (i.e. control-drag) of the class from the Project View onto the diagram, and then choose 'as Instance of Element (Object)' instead of 'as Simple Link', will this populate the correct 'Set Instance Classifier' field?


General Board / Re: Hot Tip - Straight Lines
« on: September 09, 2005, 03:27:36 pm »

Tools -> Options

From the navigator on the left, choose 'Objects'

On the top right, next to 'Connector Style' choose Routed.


General Board / Re: associate connectors when reverse engineering
« on: August 10, 2005, 12:51:23 pm »
Well no it doesn't, I'm not running tests against the production model and interrupting other developers. Thanks for the help.

On a totally unrelated note, I should point out that most (all?) IT shops I've worked at have several environments, such as:
- personal dev
- shared dev
- test
- migration
- production, etc.

At the very least, you should have a 'sandbox' application where you can import (parts of) your production model, test out the proposed changes, and then incorporate the final results into the migration process.

This way, you have no worries about screwing up the production model... well, at least not by doing these sorts of tests.

We still get the odd "oops, I didn't mean to delete the entire model" comment, which is when the backup strategy comes into play.. but that's a whole other story =8^)


General Board / Re: Donate Diagram or EAP file
« on: August 15, 2005, 01:56:05 pm »
What's wrong with the included sample file (EXExample.eap)?

There's also a UML tutorial at:

Incidentally, I think the above two links are great for learning UML in-the-context-of-EnterpriseArchitect, but there other resources (books, courses, on-line sites) that are useful for learning UML the-notation.  I personally think that Martin Fowler's "UML Distilled" is the most friendly intro to UML.


General Board / Re: How to link a note on association?
« on: August 11, 2005, 03:21:45 pm »
I don't believe you can associate an existing note with an association.  However, if you right-click on the association, you'll see a "Note or Constraint" option.

After you choose 'Note' and confirm the association (checked by default), you can add (or paste in) the text from Note Y.


General Board / XMI 1.2 (missing DocType)
« on: June 15, 2005, 10:08:36 am »

Why does Export Package to XMI, using V1.2, generate XML that cannot be validated?  I don't get the doctype line, and the namespace seems to be incorrect:

If I check neither 1.0 nor 1.2, I get XML with:
with a valid namespace reference:

I'm trying to use the generated XMI as input to an XSLT transform for me to convert the Class Model.

I'm assuming that V1.2 is the latest and greatest, and am trying for that... however, I can fall back to V1.1 if need be.

Just curious why the the V1.2 Export Package to XMI seems to 'not work'...

Gary Wong

General Board / Re: Notes in a diagram
« on: April 12, 2005, 12:20:33 pm »
Incidentally, there's an <Enumeration> stereotype that you may find useful, in these cases where the values are something you want visible to readers of the Class Diagram.

I've seen people place these along one side of the diagram, and the Attribute name hints at which <Enumeration> class to look at.

It doesn't solve your specific problem, but you'd be able distinguish your 'freeform textual notes' from these 'notes which are really an enumerated list'.


General Board / Re: Getting rid of 'anonymous' text
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:35:42 pm »

That got rid of some of the entries, but it led me to the solution for finding the rest.  I had to search for 'Text' as well as 'Note', and then I had to do a third search with 'Find Orphans'.

However, this still didn't get rid of all of these.  Does anyone know how "Tools -> Data Management ->  Data Integrity" differs from "Tools -> Manage .eap file ->  Repair .eap file"?

I assume I do the former before resorting to the latter?

Gary Wong

General Board / Getting rid of 'anonymous' text
« on: March 08, 2005, 05:21:02 pm »

While creating class diagrams, I'll often write little textual notes to point out certain features or issues with the model.  

So I now have some empty textual notes.. which I cannot find on any diagram.  I know they're there however because the RTF reports shows them as:

public Text: [/i][/u]

I don't see them in the HTML reports, but I'd sure like to know how to find these 'null' text notes in the Project Browser so I can delete them.

Can anyone help?


General Board / Re: Is it me, or something is wrong with build 747
« on: February 15, 2005, 03:32:00 pm »
If you mean 'right click on Project View', then no, the 'New Diagram' icon is still three boxes joined by associations;  the same as the icon at the top of the Project View.  

I don't have Zicom Mentor so I cannot see your other example.

Actually, I was just going to post a similar question but it was '... is it me, or is Build 747 about 3x faster??' .   The response is so fast I thought there was something wrong with my machine... =8^)


General Board / Multi-Select in Project View
« on: January 19, 2005, 03:54:26 pm »

Multi-select and multi-delete are mentioned in:;action=display;num=1102069218;start=8#8

I'm currently on Version 4.50.740 , and find that I would really really like to be able to multi-select a group of attributes or columns, and then do apply a global change to ALL of them. (e.g. dataType, notNull, etc.)

Does anyone know if this functionality is in the more recent versions?

I don't usually upgrade unless there's a good reason to...


General Board / Re: Seed defined datatypes for new Database Produc
« on: January 16, 2005, 12:19:55 pm »

Thanks!! As far as 'seeding' the list, it works great!  I assume you meant for me to delete the extraneous data types (e.g. SQLServer, Access) as these will still exist in my EA when I import the modified xml file?

I notice however, that now the generated DDL lacks the 'COMMENT ON COLUMN'  statements.

I guess that EA knows to generate these for the 'Oracle' product, but not for the new 'Oracle10g SDO' product?

If there's no straightforward way to do this (maintaining the intelligence in EA for related DDL statements), then I can just enter generate as 'Oracle' and do post-generation changes.  

Thanks anyway,

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