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General Board / How to set internal fonts?
« on: May 24, 2011, 12:20:54 pm »
Hi people, one of my users is having trouble reading the fonts in the Sparx EA dialogs, particularly when adding classes...

Is there a user setting somewhere which determines this font?


General Board / Version Control (CVS) Experiences
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:35:25 pm »
Hi people,

The current project has 4 Business Analysts, and will have a team of developers in the near future.

We're already in a position of needing version control and have been looking at the Version Control Best Practices whitepaper.

So far, the project has been considering the "Distributed Team" approach (everyone has a local .eap file and manages version control through .xmi files), using CVS, but it looks to be really clumsy...

As a consequence of that, we're now considering the "Centralised Team" approach where the project resides in a DBMS (which is then version controlled via CVS).

I would be very interested to hear people's experiences of using either method.

General Board / What causes :Name:Name on diagrams?
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:05:57 am »
Hi people,

I'm looking at a group of BPMN 1.1 diagrams that have been created by a colleague...

In most cases the data objects are displaying correctly.

Some however, are showing up with the name repeated, as if the name is also a qualifier of some kind.

For example: I may have an object called photograph, in most cases it looks correct, but occasionally there is a data object called :photograph:photograph.

When I look in the Project browser, this object appears like this:


All the objects are stored in the same package, but some may have originated in other packages and been moved.

Can anyone explain how I can clean these up?


General Board / Exhange of BPMN Data
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:11:56 am »
Hi people, has anyone done any work on exchanging BPMN models between Sparx EA and Rational System Architect?

We've experimented here with the XMI import and export but it hasn't worked. Particularly because BPMN is not UML...

I'm also interested to know if anyone has attempted to export using a XPDL schema, or if Sparx are doing any development on XPDL import/export.


General Board / VC on a large project - any suggestions?
« on: February 02, 2011, 09:04:35 am »
Hi team,

I'm working on a project that has shared information and distinct information in (currently) two small projects.

To help keep things straight, we've created packages for each sub-project beneath each of the Sparx high-level packages:

For example:

Business Process Model
-->Package A
-->Package B

Requirements Model
-->Package A
-->Package B

We're about to add version control (CVS short-term and SVN long-term) to the mix, and we're wondering if we're making appropriate choices...

In the future (it's possible that we'll have more sub-projects in the mix)

Particularly we're wondering how we'll manage to baseline and maintain Project A and Project B separately, and if checking out one package at a time will be sufficient.

Other than the Sparx white papers (which we have) can anyone recommend practices for managing a set of version controlled projects like this?


General Board / rtf editor - Embedding Hard Returns?
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:47:58 am »
Hi people,

I've been fine tuning some of my .rtf templates and am having a small problem with Exceptions in Structured Use cases.

So far I seem to have the choice of having a blank line inserted after every line in the Use Case, or having Exceptions appear like this:

7. The User selects an item from the list.Exception 7a. No items found to match search criteria.

I'm able to have the "Exception" label only appear when there is an exception (by including the label between the "exception tags" but have found no way to embed a hard return between the tags.

Is there an escape character or special character that allows me to embed a hard return between tags?


General Board / Structured Scenarios - Cleaning up old paths?
« on: November 12, 2010, 02:42:47 pm »
Hi team,

I've run into a glitch with exporting Use Cases...

...scenarios that have been deleted from the Structured Scenario editor are turning up in the exported Use Case.

Is there a method for finding these deleted things, and actually DELETING them?

<Andy crosses his fingers and hopes that the answer isn't "hack the database">

General Board / Structured Scenarios - Order of paths...
« on: November 12, 2010, 02:47:32 pm »
Hi again,

I think I'm giving the poor old Structured Scenario editor a bit of a flogging today.

After exporting the Use Case, I notice that the paths seem to be in some sort of order... ie. Alternative paths appear before the Basic path, and in some unusual order within this...

Has anyone found a method to put them into a more logical order?

For example, the order in which they appear in the Structured Scenario editor?

<Andy is again dreading a "hack the database" answer...>

General Board / Structured Scenario Editor, one to watch out for.
« on: November 08, 2010, 09:14:01 am »
Hi people,

I'm currently re-casting some Use Cases so that I can represent them within the current limitations of the Structured Scenario editor (i.e. no alternate alternate flows)

As part of this process, I just tried to change a Basic Flow into an alternative flow within the editor.

Don't do this.

After a warning "this action will drop all links in the Scenario..." I found that the result is that all of the STEPS in the Scenario editor were dropped.

Definitely one to watch out for.


General Board / Off Page Connections (again) linking process steps
« on: September 23, 2010, 02:19:47 pm »
Hi team,

I've inherited a set of Visio Business Process diagrams...

They've quite happily imported into SparxEA Activity Diagrams (except for problems with numbered process steps), but they contain a lot of "Off Page References" showing how the business processes may be called from other business processes...

They now appear to be "Activities" with a stereotype of <<Off Page Reference>> and I'd really like to create links between these "activities" to their partners in other diagrams.

Is this possible?

Ideally, I would link the actual process steps with their partners on other diagrams, so that I can create other diagrams that show larger collections of process steps.

Is there a method for linking an activity to another activity that does not reside in the same diagram?


General Board / Is default datatype==int configurable???
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:24:57 pm »
Hi People,

I notice when adding attributes to classes that the default datatype is int.

This is causing problems in two ways:

1. I'm replicating a large domain model and I'm having to reset the datatype to <none> for every attribute; and,

2. When I import models from elsewhere, all attributes are having the datatype "int" added if the datatype has not been set to something else.

Both of these circumstances are causing a lot of extra keystrokes on my part...

I've had a look in Settings | Code Datatypes | Java, and there is nothing in there to indicate why the default datatype is integer...

Is this configurable somewhere?

General Board / JIRA/Greenhopper, EA and Requirements Management
« on: July 20, 2010, 10:59:16 am »
Hi Team,

I'm looking at using JIRA (with the Greenhopper overlay) for requirements development and management.

Has anyone tried synchronising Requirements between JIRA and EA?


General Board / Structured Scenarios - am I going the wrong way?
« on: June 21, 2010, 02:22:15 pm »
I'm interested in knowing what success people are having with Structured Scenarios...

I'm running into some problems and I'm wondering if I'm going in the wrong direction.

When describing a step in the structured specification tab (as part of defining a Use Case) I'm highlighting elements of text to be identified as classes in the Domain model. Right clicking on the highlighted text allows me to "Insert Context Reference" to another element in the model.

In this case I'm selecting classes from the list of domain objects.

Several things stand out from this process...

1. The structured scenario editor is appending the selected item at the end of the "Action" - is this intended to be appearing in the "Uses" column?

2. I am unable to drill down to the attribute level when selecting the "context reference" where I'll often be wanting to specifically link to an attribute - has anyone found a way around this?

3. If I select a class that has been linked to a structured scenario in this fashion... is there any way to show what has been linked to the class?

4. I'd love to distinguish (with colour) classes and definitions in the project glossary, has anyone found a method to achieve this?

5. I've noticed that all of these references seem to be discarded when generating a RTF Use Case but I've raised a user request on that issue.

So... has anyone made any good progress with the structured scenarios?

General Board / Valid Values for an Attribute...
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:30:25 pm »
Hi people,

I must be missing the obvious here...

I have a class that contains a number of attributes.

Two of the attributes can only contain a very limited set of valid values. Lets call them Source Reliability and Information Reliability.

In this case I'd expect to be able to record:

Source Reliability
{char 1}
{initial value: F}
{valid values: A B C D E F}

Information Reliability
{char 1}
{initial value: 6}
{valid values: 1 2 3 4 5 6}

But so far have not been able to find somewhere to record this information against an attribute in a class.

I can see type and initial value, but cannot find a location for valid values...

Is it necessary to create a tagged value for each attribute where I wish to record this kind of information or am I missing an obvious dialog somewhere?

General Board / Importing and Exporting from/to System Architect
« on: May 28, 2010, 08:58:52 am »
Hi everyone,

Has anyone had any success importing and exporting from EA to System Architect or vice versa?

System Architect is expecting XMI 1.0 (UML 1.0 or 1.3) which is selectable as an option in the EA export... However:

1. I'm losing all attributes from SA models; and,
2. I'm losing all associations from EA models.

Looking at the XMI, on first glance, it looks like EA is not exactly matching the XMI 1.0 standard.

I've been trying to manually correct the resulting XML, but, even with a simple model containing only three classes, I haven't been successful yet.

Has anyone else encountered this problem and created a workaround?

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