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Suggestions and Requests / Connector multiple selection
« on: November 15, 2004, 06:55:26 am »
[build 731]
Allowing connectors to be multiply selected would allow you to set a stereotype (or other property) on many connectors at the same time.

Currently you have to set each one individually.

It would also open up the possibility for alignment commands.

Suggestions and Requests / Easy to lose element changes if don't Save
« on: November 11, 2004, 07:13:06 am »
Several elements contain lists of details (e.g. database Table Columns, see Create Columns in EA Help; also Requirements, Scenarios ...).

If you are modifying an already existing list, it is quite easy to type in changes, then mouse-click to the next item in the list, "edit" that, and so on, without realising that unless you pressed Save, your edit changes are lost immediately you click onto that next list item.

However, if you try to OK from the dialog having made an edit, you are warned about unsaved changes, but only for the currently selected item.

Would it make sense to hold ALL changes made for all edited rows until you press Save or OK, perhaps colour/background highlighting rows with unsaved changes. Save would allow you to save each row individually, OK would remind you about unsaved changes, and you could opt to save all edited unsaved items at once.
[build 731]

Suggestions and Requests / Alignment to work with Interfaces etc.
« on: November 11, 2004, 06:11:52 am »
Any chance that embedded Interfaces (and similar) on (e.g.) Components could be Aligned and/or Spaced on their elements using the context menu ?

Suggestions and Requests / Close current diagram: Ctrl+F4 / Ctrl+W ?
« on: November 05, 2004, 05:03:21 am »
It would be very convenient to have a keyboard shortcut to close the current diagram, rather than having to mouse down to do it, and particularly if you've ended up with several superfluous open diagrams.

Under Windows UI guidelines, this would be Ctrl+F4 (already available for the dockable windows) or Ctrl+W (used to be the case for Visual C++ at any rate, IIRC).

Suggestions and Requests / Element property dialogs non-modal ?
« on: November 04, 2004, 06:01:30 am »
Element property dialog boxes are (application) modal, i.e. if one is open, you can't do anything else in EA.

However, it would be very useful to be able to navigate to another diagram, look inside another element, maybe just using the dockable windows, copy/paste some text from another item, and so on.

Or is there some kind of fundamental limitation ?

(build 731 - Sorry if a later version has changed this aspect, we are upgrading when 740 comes out!)

Suggestions and Requests / Diagram-level tests
« on: November 02, 2004, 05:50:36 am »
Although it's possible to add tests to diagram elements, in some cases (e.g. an Activity diagram), it makes some sense to want to add tests at a Diagram level - i.e. right-click on diagram background, Tests window, Add Test.

The tests would be different scenarios within the Activity diagram.

I could add e.g. a Note, and then add the "diagram tests" to that, but then EA does not show them if I do a package RTF Documentation !

I can actually add Test Cases to a Diagram, but they don't show up in any of the Documentation reports or the Testing Details.

Sparx support has just informed me that they will be correcting this:
EA does not actually generate content for diagram notes as you expect.
We will make this feature available in build 740 when you enable the 'Document All Elements' option in the RTF Report dialog.

Suggestions and Requests / Allow edit of Tests if diagram is locked
« on: November 01, 2004, 04:03:52 am »
Test activities are frequently on a separate thread from development, but both are locked if an EA diagram is locked.

Could you provide a way of reducing the extent of locking, to allow editing of tests without compromising locking on all other diagram features ?

e.g. Options - Locking - Separate Tests Locking

I did hope that a shallow diagram copy would not have its Tests locked, but frustratingly they are !

Suggestions and Requests / XMI Export of Tests
« on: October 29, 2004, 02:47:16 am »
I note there is already a Request for CSV export of tests, but what about XMI export of a diagram's tests - I just want to 'cut and paste' a set of tests from one model to another.

For any other diagram information, you could just create a new package to contain what was required, and export that, but tests do not show up on the Project Browser and so it would be useful to be able to reuse them through export/reimport.

Currently the Diagram background ('paper') colour, and Watermark text can not be set on a Project basis, only on a User basis, although other visual settings can be set by Project or by Diagram.

It would better use of the features if they were settable in a more targetted way; the Paper colour by Project (and/or diagram), the Watermark by Project and perhaps for a particular print run (Print Setup - Use Watermark text).

Having them set by User excludes various constructive uses of these features.

Suggestions and Requests / Lightweight diagram-element Notes
« on: October 14, 2004, 02:32:57 am »
A "Note" element linked to a diagram element occupies diagram space ("real estate"), which can clutter an already complex diagram visually if all you need is a way of adding information or a reminder for diagram users, without requiring them to click through to element attributes.

How about a diagram element "label" which only pops up when the cursor is over the element, rather like browser ALT/TITLE text / tooltip.

I am undecided whether this should be done with an extra field in the attributes dialog, or whether you could have a character escape sequence in the standard element "Note:" text which indicated the Label text - perhaps the latter allows more flexibility and does not require dialog box redesign.

Suggestions and Requests / Change propagation to linked elements
« on: October 07, 2004, 11:00:34 am »
When making changes to a model, it's important to ensure that any linked elements are updated accordingly.

Can I suggest that there could be a command (button? menu?) causing a task to be generated against every element linked/dependent on the selected element.

This would allow each consequence to be checked, and the task for element in question cleared - or in turn passed on again - but then how to stop backtracking ?!

Oh well !

General Board / Block spam IP
« on: February 19, 2007, 03:59:11 am »
Can YaBB block on IP address - it says 'ip logged'.
Better still, all IP from that ISP !!

General Board / Wanted - web-based doc management tool
« on: August 22, 2006, 12:58:13 am »
Some kind of web-based doc management tool is a recent requirement at my current work location.

By this is meant a means of viewing/editing, uploading and downloading drafts and new versions of textual documents and diagrams using a browser interface, which hides and abstracts any underlying repository (preferably but not essentially, in our case, SVN); also managing any review process workflow, version/draft naming and the like.

I had imagined there might be some open source tool running over CVS or Subversion but was only able to locate content-management stuff like Mambo in this category.

Does anyone have any experience of either o-s or commercial products in this area - the commercial ones I found seemed to think you were archiving the British Library, and charged accordingly.
If so I'd be grateful of any thoughts - and costings !

(Yes, I have searched the forum and IM'd anyone likely, though that will depend on whether they ever log in again!)


General Board / VMware Server - free registration
« on: August 23, 2006, 01:45:03 am »
For those who might want to run Linux within their Windows machine, have a look and register here for free:

It's not the same as the Workstation edition, you can't directly share part of your hard drive with Windows, but as long as you have a network, an SMB share will do just as well.

You can still make a VM image by copying the relevant files when the VM is not running, but it's not as managed as with the Workstation edition.
Since the Linux filesystem lives in a Windows file, back it up occasionally !!

I didn't install any of the administration components.

Am currently using this with the CentOS distribution, but can't see why it wouldn't work with any of the other favourites.
You can install Linux direct from an ISO image file.

Don't forget to install VMware Tools as well, to give you handover of mouse pointer between Win and Lin windows, and copy/paste functionality.

Have fun! Any non-RTFM problems, post here, might have solved it. Clock seems to run fast at the moment ... must be a  config setting somewhere ....

General Board / 'Alloy' constraint modelling
« on: June 27, 2006, 06:03:03 am »
Saw this in Scientific American ... for those to whom this is interesting !

Alloy is a structural modelling language based on first-order logic, for expressing complex structural constraints and behaviour.

The Alloy Analyzer is a constraint solver that provides fully automatic simulation and checking.

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