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General Board / Re: Change of stereotype to "Functional"
« on: November 01, 2018, 07:37:20 am »
So I guess the workaround for your problem is to delete the "functional" requirement type and add a "funktional" or "functionally" or another variation if you still need that one but don't like it to be the default.

Or accept that the majority of requirements are functional and leave it alone, as we know when you start fooling around with the Pareto Principal the resulting mess is bigger than the original problem.

General Board / Re: Can EA Really Do Data Modelling
« on: November 01, 2018, 07:32:36 am »
I really need honest responses. Cheers.

It actually depends on who you have doing it.  People are extremely bigoted about tools, and the data modelling space seems to be an area where people are extremely bigoted.

Personally I've found all EA's capabilities in the data space useful.

General Board / Re: Change of stereotype to "Functional"
« on: October 30, 2018, 09:33:28 am »
Actually that's why (see my first post) I used my own flavor in a MDG. From my POV those requirement elements from EA should just be removed.

I don't think it should be removed.  I think there are a bunch of the smaller technologies/MDGs that should be "crowd sourced" or have community enhancements harvested.

Plus if you moved these and the help files to %appdata% rather than %programfiles% you wouldn't lock in problems for users.

General Board / Re: Change of stereotype to "Functional"
« on: October 30, 2018, 07:49:01 am »
This isn't a new issue. I've seen it reported/discussed/etc many times over the years. But in my opinion it's not wrong.

I would say that EA's implementation of a Requirement is that it has a 1..* relationship to Requirement Type.

As a result, any requirement without a requirement type is incomplete. There are many ways to manage this, and none of them are going to satisfy everyone.

I don't have an issue with the way EA handles requirements.  I have an issue more with the fact that the methodology behind requirements management is ad hoc and doesn't match any industry norms.  I doubt I'm the only one who has had to add MOSCOW scoring to requirements more than once to keep BAs happy.

But why am I getting 1622x1138?  From vague memory, we were using HP printers then and that's where we got the 1600x1100 from (other printers gave different values).  That's why I think it may be driver specific. shows you the standard form sizes most printer driver definitions will contain.  An individual driver can have custom forms.

This is a massive environment with over a thousand tables. There can be a dozen projects active at once that all have their own releases and changes hitting the same data model.

Does PowerDesigner allow you to manage model changes by project and then iteratively 'check in' those changes? I've never used PD before, and it seems to have a bit of a learning curve.

Having had to use PowerDesigner all I can say is good luck :-)

General Board / Re: Logical Data Modelling in SPARX
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:51:02 pm »
I have no problem creating conceptual and logical models in UML.  I suspect you want the Link to Element feature of associations for creating relationships between attributes.  But it isn't clunky so maybe not.

General Board / Re: Not printable <> not publishable
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:57:51 am »
However, V12 respects "Printable". So you're probably talking about the buggy V14?

I'm on 13.5.1351.  The only way I manged to get EA installed was to get local admin rights for a day.  I can't do that for every new release.  :-)

De-selecting printable stops it printing.  I just don't want it "printing" to the clipboard either.  There's quite a few elements that I want on a diagram that I don't want making it into a picture that goes into a document.  At the moment I have to do a lot of manual selecting and cut and pasting.

General Board / Not printable <> not publishable
« on: October 19, 2018, 08:48:21 am »
What's the design thinking behind something that has selectable and printable deselected being picked up by save to [file|clipboard]?  Printing is just a type of publishing.  Why is it treated differently than publishing the image to a file or to the clip board?

Bugs and Issues / Re: Printing out a big data model
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:52:13 am »
Not is NOT an EA issue, but I wanted to see how others had done it
Thanks for the tips...A1 and a trip to the local printer seems the best

You have to think of a PDF as basically being the postscript that would be sent to a printer.  It may contain a  vector image scaled to fit on an A4 page, but if tell the printer subsystem to scale it to a larger form size that image will be rastered.  You want the printer getting the vector image.

Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:49:59 pm »
BTW: Fosters is essentially an export brand.  Just about nobody drinks Fosters in Oz.
I was writing for the audience.  I couldn't bring myself to write the name of the Very Bad beer.
Also, our 2nd Budgie Smuggling PM is now long gone, although he doesn't seem to realise it.
What have the CIA drowned another one?

Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:31:44 am »
The REAL issue is none of these.

The real issue is that the local help is an MSI file.  In any large corporate a user can not install their own MSI, and about it's going to cost upwards of $400 for the ITSM vendor to take that MSI and put it into the software deployment system.

Where as if the EA client installed the local help into %appdata% it could check the currency of itself and update it as needed.

The Sparxians need to be stuck into a large corporate for a couple of weeks to learn the difficulties of working in large managed IT environments.  It's not all thongs, budgie smugglers and Fosters.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Printing out a big data model
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:25:31 am »
We have been working on a large enterprise logical data model in EA v14 and want to print the thing out and mount it on a wall so the wider business can review it
What is the best way of doing this? We have tried exporting into PDF etc. but have found in some cases, attributes have been missed off and it looks a bit fuzzy
Has anyone done a successful print out of a large model?

This isn't really an EA problem, it's a matter of how large a printer/plotter you have access to.  If you're using a PDF as an intermediary you need to set the page size of the PDF to the size of paper you are going to print to.

For example if you are going to go to a printery and have them print you an A1, make sure that you're creating your PDF as an A1 page size, not trying to scale up an A4 page size to A1.

Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:34:36 pm »
If both HTML and local help would refer to a common git repository it would be possible to synch both. Just as an idea.

And what if your organisation blocks git access?

General Board / Re: EA just won't v14, v13, v12...
« on: October 15, 2018, 07:49:52 am »
Any ideas REALLY appreciated.

There used to be a Windows installer cleaner.  Now it isn't a download, it's web page which is much harder to find.  Windows Installer caches setup files and sometimes these get corrupted.

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