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Title: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 23, 2012, 04:39:01 pm
Just released: an e-Book (pdf, ePub, Mobi-Kindle) version of Fifty Enterprise architect Tricks. Available at http://bit.ly/AquJuE

Bonus:
There's a free chapter (about 20% of the book contents) to download, and e-version buyers get updates of the book for free.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 26, 2012, 12:43:48 am
To my knowledge, this is the only book about Enterprise Architect out there. Or do I miss something?
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 27, 2012, 03:03:43 am
Update: the book is already at the bestseller list on Leanpub: http://leanpub.com/bestsellers
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Simon M on January 27, 2012, 09:21:25 am
It's not quite the only book about Enterprise Architect. I've seen one although it was in Japanese. There are also a number of books primarily about Process, that specifically use EA features and use EA for examples throughout.

Still, looking at your table of contents, it looks like there are some worthwhile tips there and I hope it continues to sell for you.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 28, 2012, 02:51:24 am
Thanks for replying. Unfortunately, I don't know Japanese ;-) like most of us I guess.

Here's one tip that did not make it into the book: http://www.aboriginemundi.com/index.php/2011/04/ea-tricks-a-bunch-of-relations/
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: T Kouno on January 29, 2012, 10:50:51 am
Hi,

I am author of the book. About 3,000 copies of the book were sold in Japan, but now it is out of print. (The ISBN of the book was 978-4434110177.)

I learned that printed books are not suitable for EA because the content is soon getting old. Now we (Sparx Japan) offer basic and simple usage guide (B5/32p) as PDF for free.

Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 29, 2012, 06:10:40 pm
Indeed, printed media are not really suited for quicly evolving software like Enterprise Architect.

That's one of the main reasons I turned to Leanpub: updates are for free and they will be announced automatically to readers.

The other main reason is cost. Printing & shipping costs a lot of money. With digital media, that is no longer the case. This means I can offer the ebook for one third of the price of the printed book.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 30, 2012, 05:03:58 pm
Here's another tip that I did not include in the book. It explains how to remove connector stereotypes of information items conveyed by the connector:

http://www.aboriginemundi.com/index.php/2011/09/enterprise-architect-tip-hiding-connector-stereotypes-for-stereotyped-information-items-conveyed/
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 31, 2012, 02:14:10 am
I've just published an update to the book (there was a figure missing in trick 47 - printing large diagrams, which is now fixed).

I am pondering the idea to add a bonus chapter to the e-book, including some tips that are available on my website. Do you think that would be a good idea?
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: jfzouain on January 31, 2012, 03:17:25 am
It is great idea, I planning to buy it this week.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on February 02, 2012, 03:25:11 am
Just received this message from an EA user who bought the book:

"Just reading this now (Kindle version).
Iíve been an EA user for 7+ years, and Iím now keeping a tally of the tricks I didnít know: and there are lots!
This is a great piece of work, and has been needed for a long time.
Iím just writing a ĎIntro to EAí course for a customer, and Iíll certainly reference it.
Well done!
"
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on February 07, 2012, 04:07:50 pm
If there is some interest for that, I could do a bonus chapter on how to develop your own toolbox in EA. Please respond if you think that is a good idea.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on February 08, 2012, 02:24:59 am
I got no less than five mails with additional tricks and info, all from readers who have bought the e-version. I'll ask permission to include them in a new version, which will be offered as a free update.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on February 12, 2012, 07:08:52 pm
I just published an update with an additional trick. Kind of surprised that lots of users don't know this, even people who have used EA for a long time.

It's about turning off the "(from <package>") in diagrams where you use elements from packages other than the one the diagram belongs to.

http://leanpub.com/entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on February 14, 2012, 03:02:52 am
Just added trick nį 55: how to add a bunch of relations with only a few mouseclicks... all current readers have been informed of the update and can download a new version for free at http://leanpub.com/entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: jfzouain on February 14, 2012, 06:06:02 am
Hey Peter

Thanks for all the tricks, I cann't keep up with all of them.
Very good stuff.
Some tricks for Team Rreview.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on February 18, 2012, 08:40:06 pm
I just corrected a few minor layout errors and republished the book. If you already purchased the Leanpub version, you should have gotten a notification that a new version is available.

http://leanpub.com/entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on March 04, 2012, 04:22:24 am
Just released version 10 of the book - with the additional trick on how to report on some specific elements. All current readers have been informed to get a free update.

http://leanpub.com/entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on March 07, 2012, 12:45:51 am
Version 11 has been released - with an additional trick on how to insert images to diagrams. Again surprised that apparently, lots of users did not know this.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Roman Bretz on March 08, 2012, 01:54:03 am
"Probably the only book about Enterprise Architect in the world"
Definitely not true ;)
Sparxsystems Central Europe offers a book titled "Project Management with UML and Enterprise Architect"

here the table of content for the English edition:http://www.sparxsystems.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/pdfs/Buchcover/Table_of_content_8_eng.pdf
or German edition: †
http://www.sparxsystems.de/fileadmin/user_upload/pdfs/UML_mit_Enterprise_Architect_Inhaltsverzeichnis_9.1.pdf

and it's really a good one
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Maggie on March 08, 2012, 02:01:21 am
how do we get the whole book?
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Roman Bretz on March 08, 2012, 06:55:43 am
the book is not available in an electronic format:  
http://www.sparxsystems.eu/resources/ea-training-book/
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on March 08, 2012, 05:00:24 pm
I guess I should make it "probably the only book about EA available", since this is what I read about the "project management with UML and Sparx Systems" at the website:

This item is out of stock at the moment please send your inquiry to sales(at)sparxsystems.eu .
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Roman Bretz on March 08, 2012, 08:31:25 pm
not really, it's just a question of some days, then it's available again.
as far as i know the reason is the increased demand in the last time
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on March 10, 2012, 01:35:14 am
OK. In any case, I am interested in the book.

Meanwhile, I've released a new version of Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks with an additional trick in the bonus chapter:

http://bit.ly/EATricks

All current readers have been informed that they can download the new version for free.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on March 13, 2012, 01:37:16 am
Yesterday, I added a ninth tip in the bonus chapter. All current readers have been informed of the free update.

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Book on EA: http://bit.ly/EATricks
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Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on April 04, 2012, 09:31:26 pm
I just added a tenth and final tip in the first bonus chapter. All current readers have been informed of the free update.

Please let me know what you think!

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Book on EA: http://bit.ly/EATricks
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Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: mrpmorris on April 06, 2012, 10:35:11 pm
Does it contain information about

1: Creating profiles
2: Affecting the way these profiles generate source code
3: How to do simple stuff like the various ways of creating properties?
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on April 06, 2012, 10:49:26 pm
@mrpmorris: you can consult a complete table of contents here: http://bit.ly/EATricks (there's a free to download sample chapter too).

I did not yet write about generating source code from EA, because I don't use EA for that. All the tricks I write about are from my own experience.

I am planning to write a separate chapter about how to develop your own toolbox in EA (which is an advanced subject).

Some of the tricks are really simple, but it's often the simple tricks that bring you lots of value. Of course, I steer away from really evident things like how to open the notes of an element.

Hope that helps.

P.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: jfzouain on April 10, 2012, 04:43:54 am
Hi Peter

I think you should keep on writing another e-books about EA, I already have your first one, another one could be "50 more Advance Tricks". I can email you some sugestions.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on April 11, 2012, 02:04:19 pm
Josť, thanks for the offer! I already got some reader feedback and incorporated that into the book. It is not my intention to write a second book, instead I'll just update this one. Extra tips are welcome.

By the way, I just released a new version of the book with an additional chapter. The first tip explains how to efficiently add multiple elements with common properties. When this chapter is finished, the book price will increase again (but updates stay free, so be sure to grab your copy today).

http://bit.ly/EATricks
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on April 17, 2012, 12:30:52 am
Second tip added to the second bonus chapter, about sorting lists with tagged values. Really useful if you have lots of elements in a model and you want to manage them efficiently.

Updates are still free for who already downloaded the book, but price will increase every now and then ("higher value, higher price"). http://bit.ly/EATricks
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on April 22, 2012, 02:01:53 am
Just added tip 3 in the second bonus chapter, about how to easily export all data from the elements of a diagram to a spreadsheet application.

http://bit.ly/EATricks

Price of the book remains unchanged until I reach trick 10. Updates stay free.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on April 28, 2012, 08:12:07 pm
The book is now featured on the SparxSystems website: http://bit.ly/sparx-entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on May 16, 2012, 11:57:49 pm
The book is on the reading list of this University: https://www.google.be/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CIcBEBYwAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgforge.dpi.state.nc.us%2Fgf%2Fdownload%2Fdocmanfileversion%2F6506%2F13088%2FEnterpriseArchitectsReadingList.pdf&ei=k6uzT7KnLpCk-gb126n8CA&usg=AFQjCNF9eyhHSmkCzm_5qWTWomvxAKawWQ
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on May 17, 2012, 05:24:48 am
Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks is now on the 14th place on the bestseller list (in quite good company, see for yourself): http://leanpub.com/bestsellers
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: qwerty on May 17, 2012, 05:46:24 am
Definitely above mine :-) You have to scroll down a bit. But at least it's also in the top 50...

q.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on June 04, 2012, 11:22:31 pm
But since our books are now also offered as a bundle... :-)

http://leanpub.com/b/EntArchBundle

BTW, I uploaded a new version to the Leanpub website with a new trick. Next price increase comes when I finish this bonus chapter.

As always, current purchasers are informed and get the update for free.

http://leanpub.com/entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on June 09, 2012, 03:57:02 pm
Just released the next version, with a new tip: "how to automatically create a structured specification from a diagram".

Next tip to come: importing visio diagrams.

http://leanpub.com/entarch
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on June 16, 2012, 07:44:54 pm
Just added trick nį 67: how to import Visio diagrams (and especially, what works and what not): http://bit.ly/EATricks
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on June 20, 2012, 01:14:28 am
Trick nį 8 has been added to the second bonus chapter: about links in notes (and what they are good for). Happy reading!

http://www.leanpub.com/entarch

PS: updates are free for all who have already purchased it.
PPS: sample chapter available with 10 valuable tricks!
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on June 28, 2012, 01:01:37 am
Trick 10 has been added to the second bonus chapter (and price has increased with $1, as usual after a finished bonus chapter).

http://www.leanpub/entarch

Next (and probably last) bonus chapter will be about developing your own toolbox.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on October 06, 2012, 12:17:38 am
Just released a new version of the eBook... http://bit.ly/EATricks

In the weekend, I'll start to write the third bonus chapter about how to make your own toolbox. Updates are free for who already bought the book, but the price will increase by $1 for new buyers.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on October 11, 2012, 01:25:19 am
Just released a new version of the book, with the start of an entire new bonus chapter about building your own toolbox. First tip is on how to control the order of the elements.

http://bit.ly/EATricks

Current readers have already been informed of the free update.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Robo Tower on October 17, 2012, 06:26:43 am
Nice book, will help ih know Japaneses. :D
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on October 18, 2012, 04:54:18 pm
Thanks for the comment! Just to be sure, this book is in simple & plain English. There is another book about EA in Japanese, but that one is sold out.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on October 19, 2012, 10:47:16 am
Just issued a new version of the book, with the addition of a second tip in bonus chapter 3. About how to change default element sizes in the elements of your own toolbox.

Current readers have been informed. Updates stay free. Link to the book is still http://bit.ly/EATricks
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on October 22, 2012, 05:42:17 pm
Just released a new version of the book Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks, with a third tip in bonus chapter 3.

Important note:

SparxSystems has decided to release version 10 of Enterprise Architect, with significant changes to the user interface and functionalities of EA. This means I will have to rework the book Fifty Enterprise Architect tricks.

On the other hand, I keep on getting requests for another book on Enterprise Architect. Requests for an easy to read, easy to bring into practice introduction for new users.

I have decided to write such a book. It is called "Teach Yourself Enterprise Architect in Ten Days". The first chapter (of 10) is ready. A preview including the introduction and the first chapter is available for free at the Leanpub website (https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days).

This does not mean I will let current readers of Fifty Enterprise Architect down:

Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on October 30, 2012, 02:50:19 am
Just added tip number 4 to the third bonus chapter. It offers you four good reasons to add metatypes to your element definitions when you create your own toolbox. And of course, it tells you how to do that.

https://leanpub.com/entarch (updates are free forever)

PS. Did you already download a free sample of the new book? It's available at https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on November 05, 2012, 04:20:22 pm
New version of Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks is available at https://leanpub.com/entarch

Free chapter available if you want to give it a look first.

The new tip is about creating autohiding connectors in your own toolbox.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on November 09, 2012, 02:26:25 am
A new version has been released, with tip number 6 in bonus chapter 3. The tip is about how to create connectors with arrow ends. Two example shapescripts are provided.

https://leanpub.com/entarch

P.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on November 12, 2012, 11:02:06 pm
Want to know more about shapescripts? Tip nr 7 deals with the shapescripting canvas and contains two more shapescripts. Enjoy!

https://leanpub.com/entarch

P.
PS. Updates stay free. And the book is also available bundled: https://leanpub.com/b/EntArchNewbie2Expert
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on November 23, 2012, 08:52:12 pm
Tip nr 8 in bonus chapter 3 explains some limitations you will encounter when writing shapescripts, and how to avoid one of them.

https://leanpub.com/entarch

P.
PS. Updates stay free. And the book is also available bundled: https://leanpub.com/b/EntArchNewbie2Expert
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on November 27, 2012, 03:53:49 pm
Trick 79 has been added, about how to hide stereotype labels on connectors in your own toolbox.

https://leanpub.com/entarch

One more tip and the book is final...

Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on December 05, 2012, 08:14:49 pm
Final trick on what MDG Technologies are and how to repair a seemingly lost MDG Technology.

Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks now contains 80 tips and tricks. It was written for EA versions below 10.x. Since version 10.x brings lots of changes to EA, I will have to rework the book significantly.

Currently, I am busy writing another book on EA which is adapted to version 10.x. This book is more of a beginner's guide to EA. When I am finished writing this book called "Teach Yourself EA in Ten Days", I will concentrate on Fifty EA Tricks.

P.
PS. You can find the new book at https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on December 11, 2012, 05:02:25 pm
Chapter four in "Teach Yourself Enterprise Architect in Ten Days" has been released and price has been adapted accordingly.

Current readers get the update for free, as usual.

https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days is now 40% complete.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on December 19, 2012, 07:48:06 pm
Chapter Five is released, with a discussion on the Big Five (Model, Package, Element, Connector and Diagram), plus with a discussion about the slideshow feature.

https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days is now 50% complete.

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/titlepages.leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days/bookpage?1355906015)

Price has been changed accordingly. Updates stay free for current readers.

PS. The book is written for version 10 of EA, but it is compatible with earlier versions.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on December 17, 2013, 02:55:19 am
I just released chapter 6 of the book "Teach Yourself Enterprise Architect in Ten Days". Currently, I am writing the next chapters.

https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days
(it is also available bundled with my first book on EA, at an even lower price)

The price increases every time a new chapter is released, but updates stay free.

So you can benefit the low price now but still get the whole book once it is ready. Enjoy!
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Peter Doomen on January 01, 2014, 11:47:12 pm
Chapter 7 has been released, where we talk about the relationship matrix and the visio importer.  Price has increased, updates stay free for current readers.

https://leanpub.com/EA-in-10-days

I wish every forum participant a healthy and fantastic 2014!
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Frank Ning on May 16, 2015, 09:59:00 pm
Hello Peter,

When do you expect to finish the rest of the book (2 more days)?

Regards
Frank
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: qwerty on May 17, 2015, 12:29:29 am
The progress bar always stops at 99% and then takes forever †;)

In other words: Peter's book is completed. Just the LeanPub counter has not been set to 100% as updates may or may not come. You never know.

q.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Frank Ning on May 17, 2015, 03:32:32 am
Hello,

I downloaded the ebook again from LeanPub. It still misses Thursday and Friday for the second week. Not sure if this book is really completed?

Thanks and regards

Frank
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: qwerty on May 17, 2015, 05:15:27 am
Not sure what you mean with that. Could you elaborate?

q.
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: Frank Ning on May 17, 2015, 05:23:30 am
Hello,

Sorry, I was asking about the "Teach yourself EA in 10 days". Was that book completed? I did not see last two days chapters in that book.

Regards

Frank
Title: Re: e-Book for Enterprise Architect available
Post by: qwerty on May 17, 2015, 06:09:12 am
Ah! Different story. I'll ping Peter to answer your question.

q.