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Messages - Paul Lotz

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Feature request: Confirm close
« on: August 19, 2010, 02:09:17 am »
I respectfully disagree on this one.  I like the application close behavior just the way it is.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: drag-and-drop sorting of features
« on: September 03, 2010, 02:52:14 am »
Ha, ha!  Sorry, I thought maybe I had mixed y'all up when I thought about it later.  Well, now I know!

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: drag-and-drop sorting of features
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:28:11 am »
I, too, would like EA to feature drag and drop reordering of attributes.  (This is true, even though we are able to avoid creating classes with huge numbers of attributes in our systems.)

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By the way, Bruce, if you want to express your idea correctly and clearly in Latin you might try, "Ceterum censeo errores esse emendandos."  (Technical explanations: errores is accusative plural versus erroris, genitive singular; emendandos because the gerundive--a verbal adjective--must agree with the noun in gender, number, and case.  And OK, I think emendare expresses the idea of correcting more clearly.)  Then readers of Latin will know what you mean!

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: EALite integrated into Full version
« on: August 28, 2010, 03:46:15 am »
Geert isn't advocating not using version control.  He's just recommending you version control the packages, not the eap file.  Geert's approach seems to be the recommended one, and it is what we do as well.

We do share our eap files, but that's a different thing.  Also, we release versions in a separate configuration management database.

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If I remember correctly you can create a new project and then add the packages that were roots in the first project as nonroot packages in the new project, but still in parallel to one another.  Then build the HTML for the new (single) top-level root.  I haven't tried this, but I think it would work.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Display of Class Instances
« on: May 14, 2010, 03:23:19 am »
You can create a template that has the options you want and then use that template in each project.  I tried this a while back and some but not all of the options in the template actually applied.  I haven't tried this for v8.0.

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Support retrive history from VC
« on: August 12, 2009, 02:58:57 am »
Martin,

I do agree that EA needs to support retrieving a user-selected previous version from version control, since that is a legitimate (although hopefully infrequent) use case.

Even more, I also would like to see improved baseline handling.

Paul

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: sequence diagram
« on: July 24, 2009, 05:01:46 am »
Maybe you want to use the "par" interaction operator on a combined fragment http://www.sparxsystems.com/uml_tool_guide/uml_dictionary/fragment.html?

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Attribute Feature Visibility
« on: July 07, 2009, 08:17:29 am »
I, too, would like to see this (although I'm not quite sure what the best way to represent this on the diagram would be).

There is a way to link a note to attributes http://www.sparxsystems.com/uml_tool_guide/modeling_with_uml/linkingnotestointernaldocu.html and I thought I could use this to show constraints for the attributes, but I tried it just now and it didn't show the constraints.  (I can link to an attribute but this doesn't show me the attribute's contstraints, or I can link to a constraint but this is a constraint on the class, not a constraint on an attribute of the class.)

What I have been doing up to now is writing the constraints as constraints on the class and just making the contraints compartment for the class visible.  This works fine for us as a workaround but is of course not always strictly correct.

I agree this would be a good product suggestion.

Paul

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Move Diagram Tabs
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:45:00 am »
Yes, I've often wanted to do this, although it's not the highest priority to me.

Paul

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General Board / Re: Include note elements in RTF
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:24:25 am »
That's a good question.  I am (generally) talking about notes, comments that I use to point to something specific on this diagram.  They definitely are not issues, risks, or constraints.

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General Board / Re: Include note elements in RTF
« on: November 19, 2015, 08:22:08 am »
Hmm... some years later, but I see there is (now, at least) a way to include at least some notes in a generated document.

On this page http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/webinar/documentation/generate-enhanced-documentation.html I found (with the help of a search engine!) the following in response to the question "How can I include linked Notes from an Activity Diagram in a report?"

"1.On the Diagram Properties dialog, enable the option "Document each contained element in Documentation".
2.In your report template, enable the section Diagram > Element (even if blank).
3.In your report template, click the Document Options toolbar icon. On the Document Options tab turn off the option "Hide <Anonymous> elements". (Notes are anonymous elements.)"

I was able to get this to work.

For the record, for this project we are presently using Build 1113.

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General Board / Re: Include note elements in RTF
« on: January 12, 2011, 04:25:14 am »
Hmm...  Thanks!  Let me try this....

(I had tried something similar before, but I just retried it.)

This does print the note elements, but I see that it also prints the notes (i.e., requirement text) for each requirement that is also a target on a connector twice, once when it traverses the requirement element, and again when it is the target element on a connector.  I don't want that.  (I guess it's not a problem if I don't link requirements, but I very definitely want to define the relationships between the requirements.)  Is that correct?
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I submitted a support case to Sparx, by the way.  Support told me I can't do what I want to do, but did suggest some workarounds (use a Linked Document or Tagged Value).

Of course, the contents of Linked Documents and Tagged Values (if I make these Memo type, as I must to support text of any significant length) are invisible on diagrams, so they are not a functional replacement for Notes on diagrams.

The workaround I have implemented is to put the text of linked notes additionally into the linked element itself as a tagged value (of Memo type) and set up the rtf generator to print tagged values.  This solution isn't perfect since
1) the generator always prints the tagged value header and value, even if there isn't any text (not a huge issue)
2) I maintain two copies of the text, one in the note for diagram viewers, and one in the tagged value for rtf generation.

Still, it is good enough for the moment.  Support created a product suggestion for this issue.

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General Board / Re: Include note elements in RTF
« on: December 30, 2010, 03:52:10 am »
OK, here is an example.
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk176/pauljlotz/notesOnDiagram.png

I want the notes in the attached image to appear in the generated rtf.  (I can get them to appear in one fashion, but then as a side effect the notes field in the requirement prints once for the diagram/package, and again for the requirement element.  That's not what I want either.  I want the Note element to print as an element.)

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General Board / Include note elements in RTF
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:20:03 am »
I'm trying to create a template for a requirements rtf document.  (I started with the existing requirements template.  It works OK except for one thing.

I have added some Note elements linked to the requirements elements or just free on the diagrams.  I want the notes to show up appropriately in the generated document, but the only way I seem to be able to get the notes to appear at all is by checking to include Connector...Element, but then the notes appear multiple places instead of just once.  I would think that just including Element would get them in the rtf document, but then they don't appear at all.

How do I get the notes to appear once in the appropriate place?

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