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Uml Process / Tagged values
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:47:55 pm »
I was pointed to this by a recent question in StackOverflow: tagged values do no longer exist in the UML 2.5 specs. The only real mention is on p. 205
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When a Stereotype is applied to a model element, the values of the Properties have traditionally been referred to as tagged values.
That's it!

Now, what would that mean to EA? A concept that is used vastly in MDG does basically not exist in UML. How does that fit?

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P.S. Also, there is a constraint regarding stereotypes on p.278
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/profile : Profile [1..1]{}
which EA obviously ignores.

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General Board / Help with the help
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:09:32 pm »
Now that from time to time I have to work with V13 I have the need to consult the former help. Up to V12 the object model was reachable from a side bar directly. The new unhelpful layout (http://www.sparxsystems.com/enterprise_architect_user_guide/13.5/index/index.html) does not longer have the side bar. It even seems to miss a link to the object model. Or I can't find it. Where is it now. No longer needed???

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Bugs and Issues / hasProperty("concurrency")
« on: October 03, 2017, 11:18:45 pm »
According to the help this is listed under elements. I have not found any element with such a property. However, messages in SDs do have that property and the shape script reacts correctly. So I guess this is simply a faulty documentation here?

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Bugs and Issues / To rectangle or not to rectangle?
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:45:24 pm »
I'm trying to switch between MDG stereotyped rendering and rectangle notation. So what I did is this:

- Create a BPMN2.0/Business Process/Data Store which renders a nice disk cylinder shape
- Now from the context menu Appearance/Select Default Image
- Leave NONE in the menu (why the hell does the dialog pop up at all since it promises to set the "Default Image" and not the "Alternate Image" like the menu option below)
- The element renders rectangular

Now, that's nice and what I wanted to achieve. But how can I switch back to the MDG stereotype display again? It seems that I can't. First, I can't find any option for that. Second, when I delete the diagram objects and drag it once again from the browser I get the rectangle notation. Why? Because t_object.StyleEx now has DefalutImage=0; which forces the element to appear as rectangle each time you drag it onto a diagram.

Bug (not) reported (after Paolo).

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P.S. I tried sending a bug report but the form refused to give a Version dropdown entry while requiring an entry right there. Oh My God!

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Suggestions and Requests / Role name vs. attribute
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:59:44 pm »
It has beed discussed formerly and Geert has a nice blog entry about the usage of role names and attributes. Recently I came upon this once again. If I have a diagram where a typed attribute is shown in the compartment of a class, this is a useful information. However, if this attribute is typed with some class and on another diagram I show both classes with an association, I want to show the role name at the end of the association instead of the attribute in the class' compartment. Having some (global) diagram option for this would really be nice.

One drawback with the current connector implementation with EA is that if you have multiple associations, there is no connection between the association and the attribute. EA offers the attributes from a drop down in the role fields. But once chosen they are no longer connected. That means one would have to set and maintain role names. Only in case there's just a single association, the role name could be derived automatically from the attributes.

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Bugs and Issues / Copy search result should use tabs iso. semi-colon
« on: April 06, 2017, 08:44:34 pm »
When you Ctrl-C the result of a SQL query, EA separates the result string with semi-colon. But of course 1/4 of all fields itself contain semi-colon separated lists. So using the result is best a good guess work. So rather to use the dreaded semi-colon EA should use a tab char. Or make it an optional choice.

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General Board / Ribbons
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:43:21 am »
Why is it that Sparx introduces Ribbons to eliminate menus and in the same move it introduces a menu in the project browser replacing a tiny ribbon? EAAUI (EA awkward UI)?

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Bugs and Issues / Connector to connector move does not refresh
« on: December 05, 2016, 07:34:05 am »
When you move the source (and probably target) of a connector which is target (and probably source as well) of a connector-connector, the latter is not refreshed and points into the void (or probably will start in the void).

Not reported. Takers welcome.

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Bugs and Issues / Quick Linker from a connector
« on: December 05, 2016, 07:04:01 am »
I was again tempted to play with V13 where I noticed a quick linker appearing when clicking a connector. Strange enough that, it suggests a number of connector types. Anyhow, none of them seem to be allowed. What is this? Some kind of new feature or some kind of new bug?

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Bugs and Issues / Help in V13
« on: December 03, 2016, 07:50:09 pm »
Sometimes (not often) I switch to V13. Now I opened the help here and find that the help page for V13 does no longer have the index to the left from where it was (rather) easy to navigate to the API description. What is the next step? A direct link to Google?

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Bugs and Issues / Search forum
« on: November 12, 2016, 04:21:28 am »
Every now and then I try my luck with the forum search. The latest encounter is the Search Order drop down. I set it to Oldest topic first. But the result was just in random order. At least I could not guess what definition of oldest is underlying in this sort. Also the contents of the between-fields seems to be ignored completely.

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Uml Process / Event in state machine
« on: November 06, 2016, 04:42:33 am »
Out of curiosity: in state machines the toolbox shows an entry called Event which resembles a Receive and Send Event (used in ADs). Now, when creating it in a SM it will just create a Send-shaped Event. They all are of metatype Event. In ADs you can create both. In the browser they appear as this twin-icon like in the SM toolbox. Now my questions:

- I was pretty sure having seen a way to convert send to receive and vice versa, but can't find anything in that direction. Possible?
- Are Receive events valid in SMs?

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P.S. I found an example of receive being used in a SM in the UML specs.

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Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Different SQL formats
« on: October 17, 2016, 10:24:14 pm »
Does anyone have a reference that shows the differences between SQL syntaxes in various databases EA uses? Particularly I'm looking for differences between PostgreSQL and Oracle (though other xrefs are also nice to know).

Something like this:
  • Columns names: Oracle needs upper-case, postgres needs lower, others don't care
  • Wildcards (% in most DBs vs * in some MS products)
  • sub-selects (yes/no)

From personal pain I know some of those trap doors, but would like to see more in advance.

Thanks.

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Bugs and Issues / Repository.PropertyTypes returns zero result set
« on: September 23, 2016, 11:07:17 pm »
I'm currently trying to read the PropertyTypes but always get a zero result set. Can someone confirm that (latest V12)?

Interestingly I can add new entries.

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Suggestions and Requests / Stop SPAM (again)
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:25:27 am »
It would probably help a lot if newly joining users were limited to say 2 posts within an hour or so for 3 days. Spammers usually start to spam at once. And when they are blocked at once a mod can see they are spammers latest after the weekend and kick them. In the meantime the few extra spams don't hurt.

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