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Bugs and Issues / Re: Relationship Matrix: Can't always delete relationship
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:17:15 am »
Ummm... it is mentioned in the Help. Item 2 in the table 'Modify or delete a relationship in the Relationship Matrix', in the topic 'Creating and Deleting Relationships' in the Relationship Matrix chapter.  This text:

If you have selected 'Delete relationship', Enterprise Architect prompts you to confirm this action.
Click on the Yes button.
The 'Delete relationship' option is not available if:
  • The source element (that is, the owner) is locked
  • You have selected 'Both' in the 'Direction' field - you are effectively trying to delete half a relationship


General Board / Re: Data Dictionary
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:16:43 pm »
Try this:

If you do not have a login ID for the Community Site, this page gives you the option to register. If you do have a login ID, you can open the Community Site and pick the information you need (4th document in the list? Third? Maybe Graham can confirm.)

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: RefGUID tagged value
« on: August 29, 2017, 04:01:04 pm »
I'm no expert in this area, but it does seem to me that the example you provide is exactly the thing that Simon M says cannot be done.

Even if you could automatically generate a reciprocal Tagged Value to 'Tree refers to Forest', I think it would only be able to show that 'Forest is referred to by Tree', and not 'Forest refers to Tree'.

I would have thought that you could get the reciprocal relationship using a connector of one kind or another.

That is my 1 cent's worth.

General Board / Re: EA Database structure verion
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:29:19 am »
I'm not sure what each person is talking about here.

Select the 'Start > Help > Help > About EA' ribbon option, the 'About Enterprise Architect' window displays. This shows you the release and build of the version of EA you are using (top panel), and the edition you are registered to use (in the bottom panel). That (in combination with the link that VKN provided) would tell you what schema update has been applied or whether you might need to run the 1220 schema update script. If you are using version 13.5 of EA I wouldn't think you would have to run that script (open to correction there).

The window also shows you what DBMS you are connected to, and how that connection is established, AND it tells you the version of the EA database (4.01), which was last updated in January 2004.

If you want to know what version of your DBMS or repository base you have, presumably the product has a similar 'About' option that will provide that information?

General Board / Re: Security: Row Level Locking
« on: August 22, 2017, 10:53:29 am »
You can also read this:

It is in a bit of a raw state; I think the author was still doing some tweaks to it. Just ignore the incomplete sentence.

Uml Process / Re: What is an "Instance"?
« on: August 18, 2017, 12:22:32 pm »
Yeah. Shakespeare's works are full of roles, some defining actors. So actors play the roles of actors, and in some instances (ouch!) the actors and roles turn out to be different actors playing different roles. Not to mention the fact that in Shakespeare's day female roles were played by male actors.

And then we get into the quotes. "Is this an instance I see before me?"  or "What's in a name? An Actor by any other name would still be a player".

Go back to bed, Glassboy. Take three Panadol and try hard to forget that today ever happened!

Uml Process / Re: What is an "Instance"?
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:52:37 am »
We don't tend to put an 's' on the end of the classifier name, but perhaps it would be clearer if we did. I would interpret the classifier 'Customers' to define the general characteristics of customers, and a specific instance 'John Smith' to define the customer called John Smith. The GENERIC instance 'Customer' would be just one step back, where you represent an individual Customer without it being a specific person.

So, in the joke 'A man walked into a pub...' the man is neither ANY man nor, specifically, Arthur Dent III. He is A man.

Of, if the worker (instance) 'Fred Bloggs' has a transaction with 'A Customer', you want 'A Customer' to have a number of unique properties but not to the extent of that customer being 'John Smith' specifically.

General Board / Re: Untapped Feature: "Element Decisions"
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:24:53 am »
I'm not sure why you can't get Help, particularly with Local Help. I can display the Help topic for the Decision Table using either the Help icon or by pressing F1.

However, if you are in the Local Help, use the 'Breadcrumbs' and the Topics button to work through:

    Index > Model Domains  >  Business Models  >  Decision Models 

There are two child topics: 'Decision Table Editor' and 'Code Generation from Decision Models'.


General Board / Re: UML-ERP Workshop with EA - 100% Completed
« on: July 24, 2017, 04:43:51 pm »
I might be wrong, but I don't think Jose's workshop was written to serve the purpose you bought it for. If you want to find out how to use EA, there is a comprehensive Help system, plus the Example model and several online webinars and white papers that direct you in using EA for specific purposes.

You might find the Tutorial too simple, but try opening the Help system (in the ribbon, click on Start, then go to the right-hand end of the ribbon and in the Help panel click on Help > Open Help System) and working through Index > Topics > Introduction > Tutorial.

For information on Requirements in the Help, see the more abstract discussions in Model Domains > Requirement Models, and the more practical details in Model Domains > Business Models > Requirements.

For help on documentation templates, start with Model Publishing > Document Reports, then look at Model Publishing > Document Reports > Document Templates

Ask questions on this forum, or contact Sparx Support at

Bugs and Issues / Re: Search error on forum
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:10:16 pm »
Waaaaay back when the International Space Station had just been put online they hauled in the Hubble Space Telescope for maintenance. It wasn't working properly. They rubbed it and tweaked it, tightened this screw, loosened that one, pulled gently on a couple of thousand wires, it still refused to work. A multi-million dollar hunk of junk. The engineer lost his temper with it and kicked it. It started working.

Hit the Enter key. Hard.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Word Wrap on non spaced names
« on: May 30, 2017, 11:40:24 am »
What? And not for Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän?  You surprise me.

General Board / Re: Specific Diagram in Template
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:13:40 pm »
Maybe you should change your by-line to read:

Sun Tzu - "If you sit by the river long enough, eventually everyone will take your hint to use EADocX."

A looooonnnnnggg time ago when I was 9 years old, my Primary teacher was a fearsome, raw-boned lady from Belfast, who had an intense dislike of the words 'got' and 'then'. I still cannot see either word without hearing her voice dripping with scorn, issuing from a mouth like a knife-cut across her face. "Aend don't ever use 'gawt' or 'the-an' in your woork, or Gawd help you."

She had an intense dislike of a lot of things. Including me.

In which case, open the floodgates!

Never ever use the term 'agreeance', which is a strange construction gaining favour as a totally unnecessary replacement for 'agreement'.

And we Aussies seem to be using the word 'less' to cover both situations where 'less' is appropriate and situations where the term should be 'fewer'.  Very roughly, if you measure it, it is 'less', and if you count it, it is 'fewer'.
Let me go home and work up a lengthy monologue on this!

Originally, 'pedantic' meant 'like a pedant', and a pedant was a male schoolteacher. So being pedantic was teaching someone the correct and accurate facts and procedures. Websters Dictionary still suggests 'precise' and 'accurate' as synonyms of 'pedantic'.  Sadly, with the decline and fall of the English language, 'pedantic' is now used simply to define someone as unnecessarily critical about the meaning and use of terms.

What do you call someone who is pedantic about the use and meaning of 'pedantic'??

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