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D'oh! I looked at all the manual pages except that one - assuming that "Custom Query Fragments" meant SQL Query, rather than more general custom fragments.

I knew I'd found it before...



Can anyone point me to an example of a "document script" custom fragment script, as while the document script fragment type has been added in EA12.1, it seems not to have been added to the documentation.

I know I've seen an example somewhere, but neither searching this forum, the main Sparx site, or Google seems to find it.




Since EA12, when adding a pool to a BPMN diagram, EA asks if you want to create a dedicated collaboration. This makes a lot of sense as otherwise you have the same pools and lanes defined under each process which is diagrammed.

However, that now means that the activities created within the pools and lanes now are owned by the lanes/pools which are children of a collaboration element, rather than the process/activity to which they belong.

I have scripted a documentation process that recursively documents the activities within a process/activity, but this will now not find the child activities any more.

How do you navigate in the model from Parent Process A, through Parent Collaboration B, to child activity C when there doesn't appear to be any link between A and C, or between A and B, except the diagram which is a child of A?



Suggestions and Requests / Re: Improve Shape Script!
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:03:37 am »
Thanks for the example KP - it's made demonstrating my issue much easier.

In order to make a good looking service bus cylinder it is necessary that the curves of the shape are related only to the height of the shape and not the width. Since by definition, service bus shapes are often long and narrow, they look rather stupid on EA if they look like the bottom one.

It would seem that this can't be done with Shape Script at present, which really rather limits what it can do with it. As Sunshine says, there are already fully functional scripting engines in EA, so use them for drawing too!

Suggestions and Requests / Improve Shape Script!
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:40:32 am »

I'm trying to improve on the embarrassing "cylinder" used for servicebus stereotypes.

However, having read the shapescript documentation, I can't see any way of finding out the size or aspect ratio of the object being laid-out.

You also can set scaling either on, fixed aspect, or off. I've even tried to add a sub-shape with fixed aspect, within a non-fixed main shape, but that doesn't work either.

I'm told on the forum, that shapescript doesn't have any arithmetic or the ability to scale components of the shape differently from the whole.

This makes it impossible to define any usable shapes that scale in non-linear or aspect dependant way. It means you couldn't, for example, use shapescript to create a "Node" box, which scales relating to the size of the front face, but not the "depth" of the box.

This really need to be improved! Please give me a way of showing a professional looking cylinder!

Suggestions and Requests / Can we have a decent icon for <<servicebus>>
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:56:56 pm »
The current icon - a rounded rectangle with an elipse on one end, only approximates a cylinder from a distance, and only if you don't want it to be very long.

This really lets EA down, and makes EA diagrams look very poor compared to Visio et al.

I've worked around it by iterating over the list, but it's just the inconsistency between the different collection types that seems odd.

Suggestions and Requests / Please can we have GetByName for Connector Tags
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:07:30 pm »
It appears the GetByName method on collections is content specific, and not implemented for TaggedValues belonging to Connector elements.

Please get it done as it's a real pain to have two different ways of accessing my TaggedValues.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: RTF reports: see chapter, see diagram
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:36:21 pm »
Here here!

Suggestions and Requests / Custom Data Fragments with Multiple Datasets
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:41:37 am »
I'd really like to be able to have nested datasets in a single custom fragment. I want produce a number of tables, in a fragment, but the current system only seems to allow a single series of rows, and no nesting or anything like that.

Given that I'm returning an XML dataset, it would seem to be the ideal format to allow that.

Suggestions and Requests / Structured scenarios need more flexibility
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:53:08 pm »

I need to be able to have looped steps, and to have alternate paths availabile within alternate paths, and to have excpetions within alternatives and alternatives within excetptions.

The current system is fine for very simple processes, but I don't want to have to break down the activity, which is at the right level currently, into another level of diagrammes and activities, when more flexible structured scenarios would suffice, and be more appropriate for my model.


General Board / Prevent Return Type Suffix on Elements
« on: November 04, 2015, 09:00:56 pm »

Does anyone know how to stop EA suffixing the "Name" attribute (when queried) with the return type?

It doesn't appear in the "properties" window, but it does on the main project browser, and also when using "Element.Name" in a document.



General Board / Re: Missing Tools Menu
« on: July 23, 2015, 05:12:24 pm »
Thanks Simon!

That worked perfectly!

Perhaps though, there ought to be a menu option to reset the workspace to default which can't be hidden, as should this have been a corporate PC I'd not have had access to the registry.

Thanks again!


General Board / Missing Tools Menu
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:26:41 pm »
Help! I've somehow managed to delete the Tools menu option from the menu bar, and it appears the only way to configure the menus is by the Tools|Customize option - which I obviously can't get to now.

How do I get my Tools menu back?

(I'm using EA12 on a Mac via Crossover)
It appears to have happened due to a sticky mac command key (which I assume maps to the windows key) which seems to allow me to move or remove menus but not to add them back!

General Board / Re: Running EA on a Mac
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:20:36 am »
I'm currently using EA on a mac using Crossover. This was under 30 for a licence and the installation is easier than using wine directly. It mostly works pretty well, and doesn't require a windows license like Parallels.

The issues I've had is that with it so far are
a) the RFT template editor crashes. (you can use the generator, just don't edit the template)
b) the scenarios screen doesn't refresh the screen properly while you're editing a field, but does once you leave it. (Irritating but not a showstopper.)

I'm doing EA document generation and scripting on a windows PC, but day to day modelling seems to work fine on the mac with crossover.

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