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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multilanguage support
« on: April 29, 2012, 09:49:36 pm »
Thanks Simon, I guess it will have to stay as a manual process.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multilanguage support
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:54:42 am »
I should also mention, I've started looking the new "workflow" scripts.

My plan:
Use the Security -> Manage Groups to create "language groups"
Users will only be in one group or the other.

When a member of the "French" group accesses an element's properties (if it's not locked), it is automatically changed to French by default.

Ditto for English.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multilanguage support
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:50:29 am »
My current work around is using the API and tagged values.

5 main tagged values:
  • CurrentLanguage: EN or FR
  • Name_EN
  • Name_FR
  • Note_EN
  • Note_FR

Assume that the element is currently in English.

  • The user right clicks on the project browser and selects "Set to French" from the scripts.
  • The scripts saves any changes to the current "English" version the _EN tagged values, loads the "French" as replacements, and sets the CurrentLanguage to FR.
  • The user makes their changes.
  • The user selects "Set to English"...

With this approach I can do the same for any other properties or tagged values that I need to have in multiple languages.

I've also be experimenting with using this approach for having French and English versions of attached documents by storing the RTF string in a tagged value's "Note" field.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Filters on Package Explorer
« on: April 19, 2012, 12:38:13 am »
Another option would be to create a custom SQL search.

I currently use oracle, so for the "recursion" I use:

select Name from t_object where package_ID in (select  package_ID from t_package start with ea_guid = '{9F54BF3D-0F7A-4ec7-979C-7001A37FF9FC}' connect by parent_ID = prior Package_ID)

Where the ea_guid is the guid of the parent package.

Adding the filter for phase 6 would be:

select Name from t_object where package_ID in (select  package_ID from t_package start with ea_guid = '{9F54BF3D-0F7A-4ec7-979C-7001A37FF9FC}' connect by parent_ID = prior Package_ID) AND Phase = 6.0

If you don't have Oracle, the recursion is more complex.  I found an example here: but haven't tried it.

We get around this by publishing the models to our corporate intranet site, and then manually trigger the indexing of the static files using the intranet site's indexing/search solution.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Setting the "status" for diagrams
« on: March 17, 2012, 02:43:28 am »
@Doug Blake

Good idea for a workaround, i guess that's what I'll have to do for now.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Setting the "status" for diagrams
« on: March 17, 2012, 12:52:54 am »
I should have mentioned, I know you can view the profiles in the Resource browser, I just find the implementation awkward when it comes to using them as part of a project review.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Setting the "status" for diagrams
« on: March 17, 2012, 12:28:54 am »
I wasn't thinking in terms of UML, I was thinking in terms of an architecture repository made up of catalogs, matrices and diagrams.

I use diagrams to capture view points for my clients, and I want to use the status attribute to support the approval workflow we use for these diagrams.   Currently I have to track the approval using a separate spreadsheet.  

Similarly I'd like to be able to store an object or bookmark visible in the project browser that represents a specific instance of a matrix (matrix profile + target + source), and be able to have notes, status etc. attributes associated with the specific instance.  (if you can already do this let me know)

Same reason, I want to be able to review the matrix with clients to verify the connections, and then flagged the relationship was approved.    

Without these capabilities, we may have to start looking for another solution as the size of our Architecture catalog grows.   Either moving from EA, or investing in a custom extension.

For the other tech heads.

As long as the "last modified date" is set in response to any changes to the diagram/matrices attributes, we can work the SQL to identify when the matrices and diagrams would need to be reviewed, due to changes in underlying elements and connectors.  e.g. last modified date of diagram is older than last modified date of a connector/element represented in the diagram.

Suggestions and Requests / Setting the "status" for diagrams
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:41:55 am »
I'd like to be able to set a status attribute for diagrams, the same way I can for elements in the repository.

Currently there is no way to indicate that a diagram has been reviewed and approved etc.

General Board / Simplifying tracing from a Source Document
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:24:08 am »
As a Business Analyst I often reference existing documentation as a source of statements that describe people, processes, requirements, rules etc, included in my analysis.   Early on I discovered that Sparx EA allows me to import and store RTF documents, and then directly generate elements in the repository by selecting statements from these documents.   Unfortunately the interface for this feature is NOT very user friendly, requiring you to navigate several nested menus each time you want to create a new element.   To address this issue (and later to simplify some other tasks), I decided to use an application called AutoHotKey to reduces these steps down to a single Keyboard Shortcut.

To get a copy of my AutoHotKey script and a description of how to use it, check out my new blog.

General Board / Neaten report output by adding bookmarks
« on: December 05, 2014, 05:08:21 am »

There is:
  • Define a Template Fragment that calls a different fragment based on element type
  • Neaten report output by adding bookmarks to support conditional output
  • Define a header to be generated for the first item only
  • Define a list separator to be generated for items other than the first
  • Conditionally write text around any field only if it is non-empty
  • See system reports for examples

For the last line "See system reports for examples" could you be a bit more specific?  The only way for me to see bookmarks in these examples is to copy the template documents  one at at a time to see if it "might" be the one you are talking about (can't view bookmarks on the originals)

I have this working for:

  • {Element.Notes.Start} {Element.Notes} {Element.Notes.End}, and
  • {Element.valueOf(aTaggedValue).Start} {Element.valueOf(aTaggedValue)} {Element.valueOf(aTaggedValue).End}

I haven't figured out how to do this for custom fields yet.  
I did find the info on:

custom>{CustomSQL_TITLE_Begin}Label: {CustomSQL_TITLE_End}{CustomSQL_LIST_Begin}, {CustomSQL_LIST_End}{FieldName}<custom

I'd like to change my output depending on {FieldName} being null or providing a value.  

{CustomSQL.FieldName.Start} {FieldName} {CustomSQL.FieldName.End} does not seem to work.

General Board / Re: Can fields be conditionally included in templa
« on: July 07, 2014, 07:25:31 am »
Can you use this within a "custom" tag?
e.g. I have a custom query result with the field TEST1


neither worked.

General Board / Re: Can fields be conditionally included in templa
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:21:45 am »
Has the ability to work with conditional text (in the GUI) been added yet?

General Board / Re: Search for diagram with name
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:39:29 am »
Hi RoyC, I understand that.
Unfortunately "Diagram" does not show up in the "Search On" list (the initial filter), Element, Attribute etc. do, but not Diagram.

In the manual it shows Diagram in the "Search On" list:

Am I looking in the wrong spot?

General Board / Re: Search for diagram with name
« on: September 15, 2013, 01:01:00 am »
I've been looking at this, more to filter out certain diagrams types from specific reports (that's why I don't want to use the feature to exclude a diagram from ALL reports)

What I find odd: the help section on Filters in EA 10 specifically shows and mentions filtering by Diagram properties:

"If you are adding filters to an existing search, the list contains only items appropriate to the initial filter. For example, if the initial filter is on diagram properties, the list for any subsequent filters for the search only contains the Diagram option"

But like everyone else, I can't find this option, did it exist and was removed????

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