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General Board / Designs for Sell?
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:55:05 am »
Does anyone know of some place where I can buy software designs?  

For example, instead of starting a new project from scratch - maybe I could buy a design and then I can change it if necessary.  This would save me time.  

For instance, I had just created a 2 way Network messaging thing where client or servers could notify each other (not just a one way).  It would have been nice if someone had already built something similar.  

Btw - I am not interested in buying code - I would rather build it myself.

General Board / Import DB clears Database field
« on: April 19, 2005, 07:55:20 am »
I am importing a Pervasive database.  First, I added Pervasive to the Database Datatypes dialog by clicking the Add Product button then adding data types.

If I try and import a table from a pervasive database all the column datatypes show up as varchar and the database attribute for the table is not set, it is empty.

So, I set all the imported tables database attribute to Pervasive and then did a re-import and chose Synchronize existing classes.  This has the effect of clearing the database attribute of the table and resetting any columns back to varchar.

Am I missing something or is there no way for EA to import Pervasive tables?

Also, would Sparx consider outsourcing implementation of this feature to me?

General Board / Communicating requirements
« on: November 03, 2006, 09:50:02 am »
I am curious if anyone is having the same problem as me and how you deal with it.

1. When I talk to people they usually talk in general terms causing important facts to be omited

2. They might talk to me as I were a computer and use a lot if "IFS" and algorithmic sounding language.

These are problems that make it difficult for me to design a system as in the case of #1, or make it hard for me to understand a solution to a problem as in case #2.

Has anyone dealt with this, and have some advice?

General Board / Details on sequence diagram write over diagram
« on: January 21, 2006, 02:15:52 pm »
When I turn on "Show Details on Diagram" the details cover over the actors on my sequence diagram.  I can find no way to make the sequence diagram lower.

Any solutions?

General Board / Diagram advice?
« on: September 30, 2005, 07:21:08 am »
Do you have any adice to offer for this diagram?

General Board / Pay for Model
« on: September 22, 2005, 05:41:57 am »
I am willing to pay for an EA model of a system.  The system can be invented or not, but must encompas all or nearly all of the uml elements.  The system must be an integrated whole and not fragments like are found in examples.

First, is anyone interested?

General Board / Good vs Bad Software
« on: September 02, 2005, 09:47:07 am »
This topic is not about architecture, but about spotting bad software before development is even started.  I would like to see an objective discussion on the topic.

Good Software:
I have noticed some aspects of good software vs bad software.

  • Makes an existing Job easier
  • Gets used by people
  • Is sometimes used beyond its designed purpose
  • It becomes a "Must Have"

Bad Software
Some aspects of bad software I have noticed are:

  • It does not get used
  • It is disliked or even hated

One question comming to mind is a certain motive and its relationship to Bad software.  I am vagually aware of something like a "Management Motive" and it somehow being related to Bad software.


General Board / Folders under classes
« on: August 18, 2005, 12:08:09 pm »
I was trying to add a sub folder under a class so that I could create activity diagrams for the individual methods of that class.

I found that I could add a diagram, but could not add a "folder".

Is what I am trying to do the wrong way of doing what I want, or should I create a feature request?


General Board / Donate Diagram or EAP file
« on: August 15, 2005, 11:14:45 am »

Is anyone willing to donate one of their diagrams (or entire .EAP files) to me in order for me to use as a reference for learning UML?

-Bill Egge

General Board / Column notes not showing???
« on: August 16, 2005, 06:06:38 am »
If I add a note in a table column through the attributes dialog box it does not show up in the Notes section on the EA main window.  But if I add a note through the note section on the EA window then it shows up in the attributes dialog.

Whats up?


General Board / What is the Icon of on properties tab?
« on: August 10, 2005, 01:13:46 pm »
Just curious,

What is the icon of on the properties tab?  

The properties tab I am talking about is the on screen properties list next to the diagram.

The icon looks like a mouse with a tail, or some kind of keychain flashlight.

What is it?

General Board / Add artifacts inside a node
« on: August 09, 2005, 10:13:19 am »
How would I add an artifact to a node so that it appears inside of it?

General Board / Display less columns in table/diagram
« on: August 05, 2005, 07:58:16 am »
I have a diagram with tables in it and a few tables have over 200 columns.  It takes a lot of diagram space for these tables and I would like to reduce this space by eliminating the display of non important columns.

Is this possible?  Any hacky tricks to accomplish it?


General Board / How to: OR constraints on associations
« on: July 07, 2005, 04:22:54 pm »
How do I add an OR constraint on an association?

For example if I have a class called HighSchoolStudent and then 2 other classes named Acedemic and Commercial which have an association of "chooses" with the HighSchoolStudent but with an OR constraint.

How would I show that?  In my UML book it shows a dotted line connecting the 2 association lines with {OR} in the middle, but in EA I only found how to add a constraint that looks like a note by selecting "Attach Note or constraint" from the popup menu on one of the associations.  Is that the only way to do it?

General Board / Showing Constraints
« on: July 04, 2005, 02:52:31 pm »
I added a constraint to an attribute of a class, how do I display this constraint in the diagram?

btw - I double clicked the diagram and turned on every attribute that started with "Show" and I also Right clicked the class and turned on everything in the feature visibility dialog.  Still, no constraints are showing.

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