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General Board / Re: Automation Interface and SQLWindows
« on: July 22, 2002, 04:57:10 am »
G'day folks,

We use Gupta Team Developer (aka SQLWindows) on our project, and just briefly tested the automation interface.  Great job, it works A-1.

Hopefully, when time permits, we can write our own code generator (with the SQLWindows CDK) to create snippets of code from our models.  (And, down the line, updating our models from our code!  Very nice.)

Keep up the great work.

General Board / Re: Request: Use HyperLink as Activity "Object Typ
« on: July 12, 2002, 09:44:24 am »
Thanks Geoff,

Doesn't look to shabby at all.

Much appreciated.

General Board / Request: Use HyperLink as Activity "Object Type"
« on: July 11, 2002, 08:11:21 am »
G'day folks,

I've got a pretty big activity diagram that I've broken down into chunks.

Instead of having, say, an activity object called "Sub-Process B", I put a hyperlink to "Sub-Process B" in my main activity diagram, and use the hyperlink in the diagram the same as any Activity Object.

EA (3.10 Build 496) won't let me draw a flow line to/from a hyperlink, saying "The requested connection is not UML compliant".  Could EA be allowed to do this?

As a work-around, I've created an activity object called "Sub-Process B" in my main activity diagram and create flows to/from this.  EA then allows me to "Set Source and Target..." for flows, changing the original source/target to the hyperlink, no problem.  Is this a bad idea?

Much appreciated.

General Board / Re: Upgrading to New Releases of EA
« on: July 12, 2002, 05:01:23 am »
Thanks Dave.

I'm still not sure what process I should follow to upgrade EA to a new build.

Should I download and install the full-meal deal?  What is the patch for ... a patch of fixes to the same-numbered build, or a quickie way to upgrade (an already installed EA) to the most current build?

General Board / Upgrading to New Releases of EA
« on: July 12, 2002, 04:16:37 am »
G'day folks,

Probably a silly question, but here goes...

To upgrade from 3.10 build 496 to build 499, do I:

1) Do a "Full" download of release 499, uninstall Build 496, and do a full install of the new release of EA?
2) Do a "Patch" download of release 499, and install the patch on top of the already installed EA build 496?
3) Do I have to to both 1 and 2?

I guess I'm not sure if Patch 499 is supposed to be a patch of fixes for EA release 499, or a patch to upgrade older releases of EA to release 499... ???

Thanks in advance and best regards.

General Board / Cast your ballot for your favorite tool
« on: July 03, 2002, 04:43:50 am »
G'day folks,

I nominated Enterprise Architect as a "Best Modeling Tool" in the " Readers' Choice Awards". If you want to cast your ballot, I believe you have to first register with

This may be a good opportunity for us to show our appreciation for a great product like Enterprise Architect, by giving it our approval in another forum.


Jason V.

Uml Process / Re: EA Help file on Choices / Junctions
« on: December 09, 2004, 08:40:27 am »

Fair, for sure.

Yeah, I rely pretty heavily on books and the Mentor for UML and process guidelines.

Although I don't use EA's docs for any kind of UML and/or process documentation, I wouldn't complain if there were more.  Unless, of course, it meant slowing down delivery of functionality goodies. :)

Uml Process / Re: EA Help file on Choices / Junctions
« on: December 09, 2004, 07:44:15 am »
Have you tried Zicom Mentor?

Uml Process / Re: EA Example Model
« on: November 12, 2004, 11:52:30 am »

I'll throw a reply to your post in the hopes that somebody else more-in-the-know gives a better one.

The base model is just a model that you can use to build upon for your own project, or to create your own base model for many projects.

The example model pretty well just shows off EA's features, good for evaluating the product and getting ideas for your own projects.

As for documentation on procedures and policies for creating models, you would have 'em or have to define 'em.  You need to tailor EA projects to jive with your development process and its deliverables.

Maybe a simple question, but not so simple (or in my case, enlightening?) an answer...

Uml Process / Re: Is Business Process Model a standard diagram?
« on: October 01, 2004, 04:49:31 am »

Interesting how that search now brings up material ...

I wish I could say I planned that, but I'm not quite that good;  it was just a pretty cool fluke.

Uml Process / Re: Is Business Process Model a standard diagram?
« on: September 28, 2004, 12:09:12 pm »

It's not a standard UML diagram, just an extension.

Do a search on Google for the following (including double quotes) for a few articles:
"Business Process Model" uml "magnus penker"

Uml Process / Re: Business Rules & UML
« on: April 30, 2004, 06:51:09 am »

Can't comment on the process of business modeling, but can throw a couple of extra ideas on how to document business rules in EA.  Maybe blasphemous ideas, but what the heck.

Use "class" elements, stereotyped as "Business Rule".  If you have such a need,  you can then have attributes, operations, requirements, and constraints that apply to the business rules.  You can build a hierarchy of business rules, and link those business rules to any other artifact in your project.

Look into the "Import/Export CSV" feature in EA.  (Under the "Project", "Import/Export" menus.)  It might be useful when dropping your rules "into a business rules engine".

Uml Process / Re: Business Rules & UML
« on: April 30, 2004, 04:48:05 am »

I'm still learning UML, and EA, and haven't gotten around to modeling business rules.  I'll throw some ideas out there anyway.

You could model your business rules as constraints (and create an new type of constraint called BR or Business Rule).  In your domain model, your BR's would be internal to the classes.  If you have a constraint that is common amongst many classes, then put the contraint in a class that is inherited by all that share the constraint.

Although I've read that business rules should not be modelled as software requirements, I'd still consider using the requirement element (and create a new type of requirement called BR or Business Rule).  This would allow you to externalize a business rule, link it to whatever other element you want however you want, and take advantage of the relationship matrix and anything else that applies to elements.

Hope that generates some ideas.

Uml Process / Re: Looking for more indepth UML example
« on: January 28, 2004, 04:56:12 am »

I've tried out the eval of Zicom Mentor.  Pretty good stuff.

The first UML book I bought was SAMS Teach Yourself UML in 24 Hours.  It has a pretty good case study.

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