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Messages - Simon M

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The option to behave as qwerty has described is there. You'll find it under the security menu. It is not the default.

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General Board / Re: Free: Pro Cloud Server Express (with WebEA)
« on: October 31, 2017, 08:43:15 am »
I don't think the people who can give official replies to questions like this are on the forum.

However, I can offer some insight as to how the Pro Cloud Server Express licenses expire and possibilities for renewal.

Unlike regular EA keys, the key you will receive specifies a date that it expires. From that date, the "pro" features of the cloud server will cease to operate. It will still serve as a cloud server to EA.

When you renew your EA licenses (assuming the deal is still valid) that would make you eligible to get a new license key for Pro Cloud Server Express. I don't know what the process is for this, but I suspect that it will still be a request to sales for manual handling. I'm sure if enough of you take up the offer and want renewals there will need to be some automation applied.

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There was a limited OSLC interface that provided access only to requirements that is no longer available.

Other than that, it's new features, bug fixes, performance improvements.

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Uml Process / Re: Class Attributes: How can I delete the {...} field?
« on: October 31, 2017, 08:27:14 am »
Sorry, the reference I provided doesn't list that as the notation for that type. The notation doesn't appear to match UML 2.5. It could come from SysML, or it could be from an older version of UML. Of course, it could also be a misinterpretation of the specification like my previous post.

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"undefined" is what you will get from VBScript from an uninitialized variable.

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Uml Process / Re: Class Attributes: How can I delete the {...} field?
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:42:09 am »
Open the diagram properties.
Go to the features page.
Uncheck 'Show Property String'

For the source of the notation, see Table 7.1 Collection types for MultiplicityElements in UML 2.5.

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General Board / Re: Forks and Joins Missing from Project Browser
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:23:36 am »
In my opinion, the bug is that these things can be copy and pasted to a new diagram without creating a duplicate.

If I'm generous, one fork or join being used in multiple places is confusing.  I'm more included to describe it as disastrous.

Notes, text and boundaries are just properties of the diagram, so shouldn't really be re-used either. At least re-using them doesn't have modeling implications.

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I know very little about that framework. However, I did a web search. This thread came up on the first page, further down came a help link that suggests the EA TOGAF add-in includes the FEAF reference models. (http://www.sparxsystems.com/enterprise_architect_user_guide/13.5/model_domains/support_for_federal_enterprise.html)

If so, that means our TOGAF profile is a suitable profile.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Bug when copying package
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:05:59 am »
I know, my life would be so much simpler if you didn't.

I can't complain though I [mis|ab]use it all the time too. The flexibility that it offers to do crazy things is one of its strengths.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Bug when copying package
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:39:59 am »
I could add the word "conceptually". Of course not all relationships have direction conceptually (eg. Association has two or more ends where each end can be owned by the association or the classifier) in which case you would need to use a different method to determine if adding it is changing each end. Some relationships aren't technically changing either end. (eg. Dependency is technically not changing either end, it's intentionally too abstract to have any concrete meaning)

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Unless of course you are saying that I can somehow ask the API to get the image from the cache rather then to re-generate it. That would really be the ideal case. :)
That's exactly what I'm saying. The API to do that was added in the same version that added the capability to save the cache.

Unfortunately, I can now see the problem. It appears that the API functions added for this where misplaced as a result of versioning of the help. I've copied the signatures and descriptions below. I'll see to it that this is included in the help when it's next updated.

GetDiagramImageAndMap(string DiagramGUID, string Directory)Boolean

Notes : Saves the Image and Image-map for the Diagram with the specified GUID in the specified Directory location.
The Image will be saved in PNG format and will have a name same as that of the Diagram GUID.
The Image-map will be saved as a TXT file and
will have a name same as that of the Diagram GUID.
The option Auto Create Diagram Image Map must be enabled in the Model for this function to save the Image and Image-map.

Parameters :
  • Diagram GUID the GUID of the Diagram whose Image and Image-map is to be saved
  • Directory the location where the Image and Image-map is to be saved
GetAllDiagramImageAndMap(string Directory)Boolean

Notes : Saves the Image and Image-map for all the Diagrams in the Model in the specified Directory location.
The Image will be saved in PNG format and will have a name same as that of the Diagram GUID.
The Image-map will be saved as a TXT file and
will have a name same as that of the Diagram GUID.
The option Auto Create Diagram Image Map must be enabled in the Model for this function to save the Image and Image-map.

Parameters :
  • Directory the location where the Image and Image-map is to be saved



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Bugs and Issues / Re: Bug when copying package
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:03:52 am »
adding a relation to an element should be considered changing it as much as adding an attribute
Depends on the direction.

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Is there a reason why you can't or don't want to use the API?

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General Board / Re: BPMN Model folder structure
« on: October 19, 2017, 08:47:53 am »
I think I'd qualify Simons advice. If you are creating a small (less than 10 diagrams) process mode,l then fine put everything in a single folder. If however you are documenting the processes for a medium to large business, you should think about using a Process Classification Framework (PCF) (see APQC for example) and creating a folder structure based on the PFC. I'd also recommend that you create a separate folder(s) for any elements that are reused across your model.
Absolutely, I wouldn't recommend to put every process in the same package.  Equally, when managing re-useable/global elements1 you want to make sure that you can find them. There are multiple strategies for how to split everything into packages. Personally, I would be trying to classify by different business areas and then use the model views to provide virtual folders for each type. (eg. Partners, Resources, Messages)

1 Pools, Lanes, Events etc are not re-useable. If in doubt, drop something onto a diagram inside a process. If EA doesn't move it out to the package level it probably isn't meant to be re-useable.

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General Board / Re: Plugin of Script?
« on: October 19, 2017, 08:38:12 am »
In order to speed up my everyday work I need to automate (put on a shortcut key)
- right-click on an element / Advanced /  Use Circle Notation (preferably for the set of selected elements)
Unfortunately, neither add-ins or scripting can specify keyboard shortcuts, and I'm reasonably confident that command isn't available in the keyboard shortcut configuration dialog. Worse, neither scripting or an add-in will reduce the number of clicks clicks. (Right click / Scripts /  Your script) OR (Right click / Add-ins / Your add-in / Command) OR (Extensions Ribbon | Your add-in / Command)

Maybe what you need is a Template Package.

eg. If you always do this for Interfaces, create a template package, drop an interface onto the diagram and set it to use Circle Notation. From that point on, all interfaces you create will automatically have circle notation applied.

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