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We have detailed connectors that realize summary connectors. This is expressed using a connector to connector realization relationship.

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Based on a selected connector (SC), I would like to create a script providing zoom-in/zoom-out behaviour :
- Find "connector to connector" connectors (CCs) starting from the selected connector (SC)
- Find target connectors (TCs) at the other end of each "connector to connector" connector (CC)
- Open diagrams that contain the target connectors (TCs) and select the target connectors

Using the connector API (

- how can we figure out that the client or supplier is another connector?

- if the client or supplier is a connector, how can we get a reference to that connector? Would the Client/SupplierID then be the ID of a connector?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Deprecation warnings
« on: November 17, 2016, 02:28:14 am »
We use the nesting connector heavily in our Enterprise Architecture MDG to indicate ownership and to make this visible in the traceability window.

This is very useful e.g. when we want to distinguish the cases where an Application, an Application Component or a Data Store...
- *Owns* Data Objects (golden source)
- *Is composed of* Data Objects (the app, app comp or data store contains the data object bit is not the golden source)

Please don't shoot the nesting connector (even if you remove it from the UML toolboxes). Our MDG and its army of robots changed Sparx into a very competitive EA tool. I will not be able to share things if you change them into dust.

Related feature request: The ability to specify, in an MDG, the verbs appearing in the traceability window (the implementation approach was provided with the request). If you implement this then we would at least be able to compensate any connector type that you would remove. So that would be to the benefits of everyone.


Does/Will EA run on Windows 10 mobile (is it/will it be compatible with the Universal Windows Platform)?

Thank you for you nice recommendation. I will give it a try.

To answer your question about the need of such feature for EA...

To make diagrams readable by business and IT decision makers, it is important to not mix too many kinds of relationships on the same diagram, and yet... we need to show all information that we want to convey.

Sample diagram where such feature is needed:
An information flow between business functions where the applications supporting (connected to) each business function appear on the business function shape.

Let's say we have several Application Components that realize (they are connected to) some Business Function.

A key requirements for Enterprise Architecture is the ability to show the application component names directly on business function shapes.

Do we have a generic solution to show names of connected items directly on shapes?
I can't find anyway to do this on Shapescript.
Do we need some add-in?
Do we have any shared code available to do this?

NB: This capability should be built in Sparx

Does anybody know in which table(s) the model searches are stored?

Thank you very much for your quick answer. This is quite interesting. However it can't be a problem with the license as we did enter the license (shared key, which is not ideal for scheduled job I agree) beforehand and there are other scheduled jobs that are running fine (Project Transfer and Export to Excel).

We have some trouble publishing as HTML using a scheduler on Windows Server.
Our schedulers can export to Excel, create a Project Transfer et... but not an HTML report.
Does anybody have similar problems and knows how to fix this?
Thank you,

Here are the symptoms:

We wrote a c# program that does a runHTMLReport.

When the programme is launched via a bat file in command line it works fine.

When the same bat file is used by the windows tasks scheduler: the process is launched, we see the EA process starting in the tasks manager, but it ends quickly without generating anything. This is happening either when launched as a local admin user or the service user.

We modified the program to run as Timer class, replacing the windows scheduler tasks inside the program. It works fine launched as me. The problem is it stops if we logoff. Using the runas command to run it as the service user doesn’t work. We get back a message “Attempting to start EAGenerateDocumentation.bat as user …” but nothing happens.

We modified again the program to use TopShelf to turn it as a service. In command line it runs fine, but installed as service, it doesn’t do anything.

Does anybody know how to add intellisense for Excel objects in VBscript?
Any type library that needs to be integrated?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / _tagGroupStates in MDG
« on: May 24, 2016, 06:42:16 pm »
I have grouped tags in 2 MDGs as described here:

The grouping works fine but the resulting behaviour of the _tagGroupStates is random. When we click on any element, the groups open or closed do not comply with the specification of the _tagGroupStates in our MDGs.

Is there any workaround?



For a specific element or Connector stereotype that is defined in some MDG...

How can we iterate through the list of defined tagged value groups, names and value types
without having an instance of this type of element of connector?

I sent this today as a bug report as this is actually a bug.

And I give you five.

Thank you. Very good idea.

When including scripts in an MDG, how can I define the script group (diagram, project browser...) that each script belongs to?

This is to work around the following problem:
When an MDG is activated by an end user, the scripts contained in the MDG are all part of the Normal group.
I would expect that all deployed scripts would keep their original script group i.e. the script group defined in the MDG Technology model.

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