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Incorporate Model Templates

When a user creates a model within their project, they can choose the type of model to develop from a list of standard model templates. You can also develop custom model templates to add to this list via your MDG Technology.

Access    Project Browser | Right-click on Package | Add a Model using Wizard...     (Ctrl+Shift+M)

Add custom model templates to MDG Technology

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1

Create a Package that contains all sub-Packages, diagrams, elements, notes and information links that you want to provide in your model template.

See the EAExample.eap model for illustrations of what you might include, or create a model from a standard template and see what is generated.

As a model template, the Package would be self contained and not contain any dependencies or other links to elements outside the Package.

 

Model Wizard

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Export your Package to XMI.

 

Export to XMI

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Create a reference to the XMI file in the MTS file; open your MTS file in a text editor and copy and paste the following <ModelTemplates> block at the top level inside the <MDG.Selections> block:

 

<ModelTemplates>

  <Model name="Template Name"

         description="This is the description."

         location="MyTemplatePackage.xml"

         icon = "34"

         isFramework="false"/>

</ModelTemplates>

 

You can include as many <ModelTemplates> blocks in your MTS file as you have model templates.

The attributes within a <ModelTemplates> block have the following meanings:

·Model name: The name of the model template to show in the Model Wizard, which displays when you create a new model or when you execute the Add a New Model using Wizard menu option
·description: The text to display in the Model Wizard when the name is selected
·location: The path of the XML file that contains the XMI export of the model template Package, relative to the location of the MDG Technology file; if the XMI file is in the same folder as the technology file then this just contains the file name
·icon: Contains an index to Enterprise Architect's base icons list; to show the appropriate view icon, use one of the following values: 29 = Use Case, 30 = Dynamic; 31 = Class; 32 = Component; 33 = Deployment; 34 = Simple
·isFramework: Defines the possible uses of a model pattern; there are three possible values:
·isFramework="true" - never strip GUIDs; the Pattern is intended as a re-usable Package for any model
·isFramework="optional" - prompt to strip GUIDs; the Pattern is intended as a re-usable Package, but the user can choose
·isFramework="false" - always strip GUIDs (the default, if not stated); the Pattern could be applied multiple times within the one model

 

Working with MTS Files

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