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General Board / Be afraid, be very afraid
« on: May 28, 2011, 10:10:05 pm »
Having reached the ripe old age of (somewhere slightly beyond puberty) they are taking my explosive license away and proffering the token so-called "gold watch".

So, in between deciding whether or not to think about possibly having another cuppa or mowing the lawn, I may just start on doing those things that I always wanted to do.  Like develop that application that will be a benefit to all mankind, or at least me.

In other words, now that I am not allowed to blow up* portions of central Australia anymore, I may just have to return to annoying the denizens herein (between lawn bowls I mean).  In short, bugger! I've just retired. Damn.

with the fondest

* for those that do not know: At a ripe old age of (ahem) 50+, I got an explosives license and have spent the last  3 or 4 years doing field work for mining companies in Central Australia.  A fantastic experience and well ... a fantastic experience.  Sometimes it's nice to do something completely different.

p.s. The no-longer-in-the-will "Son-Of-Sargasso" is now an optometrist.  Doing well, so I guess I can't complain. (Besides, I may neD spocticalas shortly)

General Board / Re: Forum Upgrade - timezones
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:17:58 pm »
Please note: Due to changed handling of Time Offsets between YaBB 1 to YaBB 2.2, users need to reset their time zone using "My Center".

In actual fact :

1) click on [My Center]
2) click on the blue square marked "Profile" (which looks exactly nothing like a button.
3) click on the "update my profile" URL
4) [OPT] take a deep breath, count to ten and then go find out where your passwords are stored in your browser
5) enter password
6) Locate your timezone, looks like it's not possible to enter "similar" but unlisted timezones.
7) click [Save] or [Update] or whatever it was (I've forgotten now)
8) Send an email to yabb suggesting they read Joel on software re UI design.

 >:(  ;D

General Board / Not really EA but given the expertise here
« on: August 02, 2010, 08:27:42 pm »
This sort of cropped up in a conversation today.

Should one, (i.e. is it OO "pure"), to use a parameterized constructor to set up an object with initial values or should one use a contrived method?

I'll explain how this came about.  We have a class whose attribute values are, once set, very stable (for that instance).  In fact if it were C or C++ I would have used a STRUCT, but for various reasons irrelevant to the question the system uses classes.  The class structure represents a (set of) query-by-example constraint(s) for a database persistence driver.  It sort of looks like this:

Class QBE
+ConstraintList : Collection //of type QBEConstraint

Class QBEConstraint
+ColumnName : String
+Comparator : String //restricted values e.g. "=",">","%", etc
+Values :Variant(*)

So each QBEConstraint object represents a set of "OR" values for a particular column and each item in the ConstraintList represents an "AND" condition.  Pretty straightforward and conventional.

The conversation arose when one of the cutters wanted to create a constructor override for QBEConstraint to load "simple" instances, the architect disagreed and offered a specific public method to achieve the same thing, viz QBEConstraint.Setup(string,string,variant).

When it was referred to me I had no real opinion  :-[ to offer... and when I started to think about it  :-/  

Hence the question, is it better to....

all correspondence will be gratefully depreciated

p.s. "Most" instances are "simple"

General Board / blah, blah, blah
« on: November 14, 2008, 09:00:12 pm »
Thought I'd just drop in and say hello.

bruce    ;D >:( ;D ;D ;D

General Board / The situation today, tomorrow and forthwith
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:04:28 pm »
Well  I've just got to say this (before the entire world economic ...or comic ...)  situation collapses yet again or it'll get better tomorrow.

dan guys I ccant even usse the facwritert

seeeeee yaaws all in   a bettter  lace


General Board / Well I'm not impressed
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:54:43 pm »
OK, I've persevered with the new yabbb for a fair few days.
But I aint too impressed.

Let's face it.     What's in it for me?      Hey, I'm (these days) just a lurker.

TK is is gone, Paolo appears to be MIA,  Even JIm is apparently confused.

(It's not what the user's wanted)

been, gone, back and going again


General Board / Is EA a tool or a document?
« on: February 21, 2008, 11:30:16 pm »
I have said this before and no doubt before the sun goes down here on Jupiter, I'll say it again.

"EA is a tool, its not reality, nor is it in itself a representation of reality.  It is merely a whiteboard upon which you can scribble, discuss, argue and hopefully come up with a model that adequately describes a solution to a problem."

This is, to me, has always has been its strength. Now there have been many posts (over the last 24 months) that seem to me to be driving EA towards the attitude that an EA model is the "solution" or the "answer" or the "document".  In other words it should be just like  M$ Visio  I just can't lie down and accept this.  

There are many ways to take EA "diagrams" or "models" and their ramifications from the scratchpad to a specifcation "document" and ultimately to a benficial implementation.   Unfortunately, these ways are not always obvious (neither to the neophyte nor the adept!).  So, for the sake of it only, I am going to pose these questions to you all.

1) How do you use EA, as a modelling tool or as a model documenter?

3) What is more important, given your first answer, "presentation" or "correctness"?

Finally.  ;D  3) Is consistency an issue? (apart from within the  forum. (Oh, OK I'll withdraw that one.))


27Feb Edit: I just realized that there was a missing word in my original query that may have made this entirely sensincle.

General Board / Weirdity#7639: seq diagram layout reversed (linux)
« on: February 18, 2008, 03:14:03 pm »
(zzzzzzz, grunph,  huh?)

Hi guys,
I appear to be back in the fold again... this time using the Xover version.

Now, something weird just happened (again).

I have a nice little sequence diagram, all laid out and documnted.  Neat as a pin and full of such exiting information that ...

    Close EA.  
    Perform "somestuff".
    Open EA, load prev model.
     :-/  :-[  :-X

The sequence diagram has all the elements reversed right to left.


build 818 - and as I said on linux.

Anyone seen anything like this?  


General Board / OT - absolutely not uml
« on: January 22, 2008, 04:01:37 am »
Evening guys and gals,

Just finished a 5656km trip ( a short drive ) from Sydney to  the Murray headwaters (sort of) to the Murray mouth (almost) then to Woomera, Broken Hill, Cobar and back to Siinnedey.

23 days, some of Australia's most fantastic scenery. (Some of Australia's greatest pubs.)

Details will/may be forth-web-coming... right now I think I might have a little lie down.


p.s. Back to work Thursday. I have had to (no disrespect intended) mark 3 or 4 hundred odd posts as OOD.  See ya soon!

General Board / Scuse me just needed to say this
« on: June 26, 2007, 07:46:27 am »

just read the release notice for beta 3


oh why bother.

General Board / So long and thanks for all the fish...
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:36:32 am »

I am abandoning ship.  Some of the LT posters may have noticed that I'm getting less and less frequent ( apart from the occassional rave )  ;)

EA is now getting too far away from what I need ( as a modeller ).  It is focussing more and more on being a code generator, rather than a modelling tool.  I find this rather sad.  Further I find that the basic faults in the EA UI remian to be addressed by Sparx.

Simple things that could enhance the useability are being continually ignored, release after release.  Instead, Sparx seems to be intent on "adding new non-working functionality" rather than getting the basics right. 805 contains exactly ZERO modelling improvements. I dont care about Rose, the sequence message ordering is now HARDER than it was before, and I have exactly no interest in XMI 1.1 or php.

So, fundamentally I'm voting with my pocket, feedback and feet. ( Oui, Paolo, ze product d'France )


p.s. If I wanted a (cough) code generator, I would have bought that god-awful Oracle product... hahaha

General Board / Sacrilige, sin and travesty
« on: March 23, 2007, 12:11:11 am »
OK. I'll fess up

For the last three days I have been using a-*GASP*-nother *GASP* product.  It's called bouml and it can be found here

By golly, by gosh, gee willikers it's FAST. Not fast as in MIPS but fast as in knocking up a use case model in about a third of the time it takes me in EA (ok that means about 3 days instead of 9 to get to the first publishable version, ok)

That's the good news..
Now, the...

...It's nowhere near as functionally or informationally rich as EA, it's code generation features are cool but not anywhere near as ubiquitous as EA,  it's implementation of UML rules is (ahem) rather (ahem) on the (ahem) strict (ahem) side of Margaret Thatcher's benevolent smile (ahem).  But for the speed it takes to knock up a model for discussion its superb.

...and the final blindsided left hook was that the XMI it produces is standard only on the Easter Islands on the third Tuesday after Michaelmas.

But, jeezIwish, that EA could provide that level of .... wait for it ...... UI consistency.

bah!  It's way past beer o'clock here in Sydney.


General Board / OT: Arcane question #4324 - "Stateless"
« on: March 01, 2007, 06:14:13 pm »
I have googled and wiki'd my forefinger off.

Does anyone have or can point to a good, unambiguous, correct definition of what "stateless system" actually means?

To be more precise, is there any definition that could be used as the "basis" of a compliance statement?  

I am beginning to think that, for any given transactional system, the term is actually meaningless.  At least above the level of transmission protocol it is.  The "best" I have come across so far is at,,sid9_gci213051,00.html
However, IMO, even this is not technically correct - at the level of http state information is held at both nodes via the session concept.  

Why do I ask?  It is a "requirement" of the current assignment that the system be stateless.  And there are problems arising due to an asynchronous handoff to a third system.  If the term is essentially meaningless then I can forget the semantic excercise and get on with "fixing it".


General Board / Sequence diagram co-regions
« on: October 03, 2006, 06:27:37 pm »
Can some kind person point me to some information on co-regions and how to use them?

.. or putting it another way, what's the difference between "Branch with previous" and a co-region?


General Board / Structured Activity Partitioning
« on: September 12, 2006, 06:59:03 pm »
Is there a way to partition a structured activity element vertically?


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