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General Board / Re: Shapescript. Color definition
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:19:33 pm »
Thanks. Also I have another question. I would like to choose the value of the tagged value of the element and the color of the element should be changed based on the tagged value meaning. How to do it in shape scripts?

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General Board / Re: Shapescript. Color definition
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:14:20 pm »
Ok, I got the point. It works when I create a stereotype right from the UML element.
But if I make such structure: UML metaclass element - existing non-UML stereotype - "custom new stereotype". In this "custom new stereotype" in shape scripts I write "drawparentshape()". If I write it the default appearance changes don't work. I want it to work with  "drawparentshape()"

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General Board / Re: Shapescript. Color definition
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:51:13 am »
I have tried but it doesn't work....

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General Board / Re: Shapescript. Color definition
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:23:37 am »
Moreover. If I try to change the color of the created elements for which I have used "drawparentshape" and can not change the colors for these elements on diagrams (right button - appearance - default appearance). I want to select different colors on diagrams, no matter what color I have chosen in shape script. The color in shapescripts should be default but I want have a chance to change it. How to do it?

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General Board / Shapescript. Color definition
« on: December 15, 2017, 02:50:13 am »
Hi,

I have created a non-UML element type. In shape script I entered drawparentshape(). But in doesn't inherit the color of the parent element. (I have chosen Archimate Application Interaction - the color must be 0;255;255). I have tried setfillcolor() but it doesn't work. How to change the color, keeping drawparentshape()

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General Board / From solid to dotted connector
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:34:57 pm »
Hi,

I have a link Association. I would like to make it dotted instead of solid.

How can I do it?

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General Board / Show several instances of the same element on one diagram
« on: October 13, 2017, 05:09:37 pm »
Hi,

I would like to add several instances(paste as link) of the same element on one diagram. How can I do it?
When I try I receive this message: This diagram already contains an instance of the element you are trying to paste. Currently only one instance is supported, so you can not paste the element here.

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:42:39 am »
And metamodel example in sparx

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:41:36 am »
Thanks! I know about Archimate and I and my collegues are using it. I just would like sime example of how can I organize everything in Sparx

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:17:15 pm »
I've used various tools like Sparx EA for the last 30 years in my profession. I've used Sparx EA for about 12 years now which I've used for the purposes of enterprise architecture, solution architecture, software architecture and engineering. Its probably the best value for money and feature rich tool on the market place today. The tool provides all the core features for enterprise architecture with the ability to draw diagrams, manage objects and relationships aided by matrices and lists all stored in database. The database can be from one of many mainstream vendors such as MS Access, MS SQL, Oracle etc. Sparx EA also has a very rich document generation ability too. It can be configured and customised and its use is only limited by your imagination. Yes it very feature rich and so the learning curve can be very steep and a bit overwhelming to the inexperienced.

So first of all if you want to use Sparx EA to store and manage Enterprise Architecture of a business you need two things. An expert in Enterprise Architecture and an expert in Sparx EA. They could be the same person or two individuals. If you are lacking these then start looking as trying to learn both is probably a learning curve most mortals would find hard to climb for the short duration of a project.

Second like any problem you need to break it down. Who needs to use the tool and for what purpose? A use case model can help. During this discovery phase you should ask what Enterprise Architecture Framework are you going to base your work upon?
 TOGAF, DODAF, ArchiMate and Zachman to name but a few. Other questions to ask are what viewpoints and elements will the stakeholders need and what data should those elements have to be useful to the stakeholders. Then prototype each use case in the tool to see how you would do it.

For enterprise architecture work I use a customised version of ArchiMate MDG (added extra features and attributes to the elements) and follow the Archimate V3.01 standard along with TOGAF V9.1. I also use various books like Enterprise Architecture At Work by Marc Lankhorst et al to guide me.

I have a meta model based on ArchiMate that describes all the elements and relationships along with a catalogue of viewpoints mapped to stakeholders. I based my catalogue of view points on the TOGAF and ArchiMate List.

These all allow me to cover everything in the enterprise from strategy, motivations for change, current states of business, data, application and infrastructure as well as future states and roadmaps to guide the organisation there.

So to re-iterate if you don't have the knowledge and experience in both methodology and tool then you need to find someone to help in one or both of these areas otherwise you will be doomed to fail.

Finally from the words of Mark Twain - Apologies for writing such a long response for I did not have time to write a shorter one.

Hope that helps and good luck with your endeavour.
 :)

Thank you very much for the answer. You mentioned such thing as " For enterprise architecture work I use a customised version of ArchiMate MDG. I have a meta model based on ArchiMate that describes all the elements and relationships along with a catalogue of viewpoints mapped to stakeholders. I based my catalogue of view points on the TOGAF and ArchiMate List."

Could you please show me some screenshots or maybe share the example of your work. It will definitely help me.. I would like to understand and to see how you have organized catalogs and mappings, viewpoints and some example of metamodel.

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Thanks, I got it

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I can open the relationship properties, but I can not open element properties. I want to open element properties

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Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Conveyed Items to Info flows
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:36:39 pm »
Hi,

I have conveyed several Information items to Info flows. If I go to the properties of info flows, I can see these Items but if I go to the properties of the Information Items I can't see to in which Info flows they participate. How can I see it?

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Hi,

I have 2 linked elements. I go to the properties of element 1 and I would like to go to the properties of element 2 from element 1 properties. How can I do that?

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General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:31:56 pm »
So my advice as a consultant to a consultant: If you don't know a tool, do not recommend it. Like "Oh, what's that thing with that metal brick at one end of the wooden stick? Can I use it to open my breakfast egg?"

q.

P.S. Sparx is a company located in Australia. It's purpose should be to maintain Enterprise Architect.

Great advice but the thing is that I did not recommend this tool. The choice has been made without my participation. The company itself decided to choose the tool without the knowledge of the tool and then asked us to create the Architecture in this tool.

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