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Bugs and Issues / Really Easy Bug To Fix
« on: December 19, 2009, 11:22:33 am »
Just getting started using the scripting capability of EA.
In the Scripter window, there is no little popup windoid thingy that tells me - when I hover my cursor over it - what it's going to do for me if I click on it. I'm guessing it means "refresh"? It doesn't seem to mean "step through code one line at a time" ... ?

All the little dooverlackys left and right of this one DO have the wee pop-up helpful hint gizmos, so I'm assuming this is something of an oversight?

I know it's not the most important thing in the world ... just trying to help.
 :) ;) :D ;D

Bugs and Issues / Re: Can't switch from EA to other apps on Vista
« on: December 20, 2009, 01:53:54 pm »
EDIT: Also
4. Do you have the Always On Top option selected? (Window | Always on Top from the main menu).

That was it! How did THAT option get selected, I wonder? Must've been me fiddling at some point in the past - but not really paying any attention.


Bugs and Issues / Can't switch from EA to other apps on Vista
« on: December 18, 2009, 01:36:35 pm »
Running Firefox and Vista. I have EA and other apps running. I'm working in EA. Then I click another application's icon on the taskbar. But EA doesn't release focus to allow the other app to come to the foreground. I have to click on the "Show Desktop" icon on the taskbar to get EA to release focus.

Does anyone else have this problem?

If I have EA and another app open in "Show Windows Side by Side" mode - this works okay - I can click between EA and other apps no problem. But when the EA screen is maximized - no dice.

 :-/ :-? :(

Bugs and Issues / Matrix HTML not WYSIWYG?
« on: December 10, 2009, 04:19:49 pm »
Has anybody else noticed that when you HTML generate a diagram that has a Matrix where you have located elements (say Requirements) in the cells - the elements are not correctly aligned in the HTML diagram?

Bugs and Issues / "Synchronised" Tagged Values ?
« on: October 09, 2009, 09:24:29 am »
Hi guys - noted the following misspelling - should be "Synchronise" not "Synchronised" Tagged Values ... true - not a big bug - but I'm just trying to do my bit here ... :-)

Bugs and Issues / Bug with connector label text wrapping
« on: January 06, 2009, 02:01:37 pm »
Text on connector labels reformats itself when the EAP file has been saved and re-opened. Typically if I set a text label to be a single line, when the model is re-opened, the text has wrapped the last one or two words.

Has anyone else observed this -- or am I the only one?

I have reported this bug using the registered users bug reporting facility on the EA website. But other than an automated email there is no 'real' acknowledgement when using that facility...

Visual representation of the problem is here:

Uml Process / Re: Deployment Diagrams
« on: April 26, 2012, 10:51:52 am »
Do UML Deployment Diagrams have "actor" on them?

What would the Actor's relationship, role or process be with an entity in a Deployment Diagram?

What would the "relationship" connector define if we were to connect an Actor to a Component, Node or Device on a Deployment Diagram?

Even ArchiMate diagrams would probably not show an Actor directly associated with a Node, Infrastructure Server, or Infrastructure Interface.

(On the other hand, I have put "actors" on a Component Diagram...)

Uml Process / Re: Where to store data types and data size
« on: June 05, 2010, 11:45:55 am »
Geert - "CIM" meaning "Conceptual Information Model"? Thanks - Jon

Uml Process / Re: Aggregation and Association proposal
« on: April 26, 2010, 03:39:37 pm »
And I've always said that Sparx is "just a better Visio than Visio" but it seems that time has caught up with the market place and has delivered something closer to what I need.

Sparx will always be a better choice for UML / MDA software engineers.

The flawed, patched-up architecture of the Sparx code base is a separate concern.

I was disappointed when v8 came out. It certainly doesn't seem like a major new release - more a point release.

Funny how all these little things come to the fore suddenly.

Uml Process / Re: Aggregation and Association proposal
« on: April 26, 2010, 09:31:02 am »
I'll just throw this in here, in response to reading the above comments. I've been a loyal user of Sparx EA for years. But it's true. The 800 lb gorilla in the room is that Sparx isn't really listening and changing rapidly enough to keep up with the market - let alone loyal users like me, who have attempted to contribute to the development strategy of Sparx EA. My organisation is now looking at Orbus iServer - and the more I look at it myself - the more I'm thinking it's a better solution for Enterprise Architecture. Sparx is evolving too slowly and isn't delivering to market what (my) market needs. If they want to keep the tool small, and focused on software architecture, that's fine, and that's what they seem inclined to do. Small can be beautiful.

Uml Process / Re: Reverse Architecting
« on: June 08, 2009, 05:59:10 pm »
We have been doing "reverse architecting" of enterprise architecture for clients - not discrete applications / systems.

As in - using Component diagrams to build macro models of enterprise systems architecture for medium / large private sector customers.

Have been calling this "forensic architecture" - but "reverse architecture" may be a better term. Or perhaps "reverse enterprise architecture".

Uml Process / Re: System Context Diagram - modeling
« on: January 28, 2009, 10:42:54 am »


I've been using the UML Component diagram for what you propose. A 'Component' element represents a 'Business System'. The 'Information Flow' connector represents an 'Interface'.

One model represents the 'As Is' environment. A different model represents the 'To Be' future environment, the 'End State'.

I'm vaguely aware that one can define a 'baseline', and have the 'to be' representation in the same .eap model, but I haven't got there yet.

Be nice if there was a book titled 'How to Use EA for Enterprise Architecture Purposes: Examples of Practical Applications Using the World's Cheapest and Most Open Architecture Tool'.

I'm using EA merely as 'a better Visio' at this point. Experimenting with UML Profiles to define Tagged Values, but that's still in the R&D phase.

The current 'As Is' model has an 'Everything' diagram that shows all of the more than 100 business systems in it, with all of the myraid interfaces. It's 'the diagram that shows just how complex our environment is'. Not much use for anything other than that. We have defined other, smaller, more detailed, but scope-limited diagram views for various Business Domains. E.g., all the business systems and interfaces that play in 'Risk Management'.

We say that the diagrams we're creating with EA are 'just the tip of the iceberg' of architecture work. We have defined 13 textual information descriptors that we keep in the 'Notes' section for 'Business Systems' and 9 bits of defined information in the 'Notes' section for each 'Interface'.

This supporting textual information provides the 'real value' for our architectural work. We're able to use the model in real time to answer common architecture questions: "How many of our systems are dependent on WebMethods for interfaces?"

I avoid mentioning the word 'UML' when talking to the customer.

Happy to share information with anyone.


Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Archimate Add-In Bad Drawing
« on: August 16, 2010, 11:57:35 am »
This probably isn't the most elegant way to render text graphically within the Archimate "Product" icon.

I'm sure someone will tell me to fill out a form and submit a bug report and fling that into the echo-less black hole of bug reports ...

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: togaf question
« on: March 27, 2010, 02:30:50 pm »
Your ADDs must be compiled manually.

The TOGAF plug-in is useful, but it's pretty much just a skeleton. There's a lot more functionality / structure / content that could be added.

Is the group that created the TOGAF plug-in listening on the Sparx forum?

I would be interested to know what further development may be planned for the TOGAF plug-in.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Requirement management
« on: December 09, 2009, 08:38:36 am »
You are partly correct - EA can be used to do requirements management without RaQuest.  However RaQuest provides an improved user interface for working with requirements (IMO).  Most people who will work with requirements would prefer to see them in a spraedsheet/grid form rather than a graphical/modelling form.  This is what RaQuest provides.  Howeverr because it is integrated, you can then allow the modellers to access the requirements and place traces on the diagrams.

David - just a question about RaQuest- is the synchronisation bi-directional between the spreadsheet and EA? Or is the spreadsheet export only a presentation artefact? Thanks - Jon

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