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General Board / C4 + Archimate "Note View" required.
« on: October 21, 2020, 07:43:29 pm »
So i want to be able to use EA to make C4 + Archimate - something like this:

I attempted to make something in EA 15.2, but came up against the issue that the Archimate 3.1.1 MDG does not allow notes to be displayed. I am sure there is a workaround or process allowing for this, but i could not find it.

Any ideas?

I would like to see all of the information in the "Configure" ribbon represented/representable as a root object or package in the model itself.

For example, the The "general types" can be represented as bpmn, and it can be used to make a workflow representation.
"people" (users and roles) - can be represented in archimate, uml or similar.

Ideally these representations, when updated, can be used (by authorised personelle) to update the model configuration. It also makes using a given mode, sharing, backup and restore etc. much easier to manage.

I have a DSL that is related to a model, but not generated or handled by EA at the moment. I would like to view/edit the DSL in the EA's integrated development environment with syntax highlighting.

As far as i can tell from the manual, syntax highlighting can be changed. In IDE's, it is usualy a configuration task. I had the feeling there was some code parsing related feature that suppored syntax-highlighting, but I cannot tell if it is available or associated with with any of these EA features:
- MDG Technology - Developing a programming language
- Code mining 
- Grammar Framework

Is it possible in one of these or something else? If so are there simple examples?

General Board / Requirements & Archimate 3 Requirements Stereotype.
« on: March 12, 2020, 02:06:15 am »
I have been looking into EA and Archimate for requirements management. The idea being something like:

- Create "Archimate 3 Outcome"
- Using the properties window - Outline any Requirements, constraints and Scenarios internally to the element
- Once an internal requirement is approved, move to external requirement for further refinement.

EA creates the external requirement element as a native EA requirement type, rather than an Archimate Requirement, which i cannot change the stereotype of, so it does not look like Archimate. Creating Archimate requirements manually does not work too well either. Archimate Requirements elements are classes, not EA requirement type elements, so i have to do more around them to get the same level of support (e.g. in document generation, searches, etc.).

For that matter, i have other internal element properties i cannot externalize with EA, but have Archimate element counterparts.
Internal element constraints -> Archimate Constraint
Internal internal scenarios -> Archimate Course of Action

So i am trying to think about approaches. On one hand, Archimate types are visible and usable by others. On the other hand, EA native types offer features that are not available to classes.

Are others using architect in this way? any advice or ideas (other than don't use EA!)

Bugs and Issues / Flowcharts broken?
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:08:32 pm »
When i try and connect any items, as outlined below here:

I get the ironic error message "the requested connection is not uml compliant"

Is this a bug, or am i missing a feature toggle?

Bugs and Issues / Spell checker failure - example in Specification manager.
« on: February 22, 2020, 12:28:04 am »
I am seeing the spellchecker underline feature fail in the specification manager. If i create an element with the title:
"Element(this +that thing) is #four"

I see the spellchecker underlining:
Element(this +that thing) is #four

Is there an option somewhere to fix this, or is it an issue?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / is !INC Local
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:50:25 am »
I have been thinking about this

Is "!INC Local" the on

General Board / Linking to related models in Archimate
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:14:19 pm »
I want to have a kind of drill down in my Archimate models, so that i can link to related models. At the moment i have to use an explicit hyperlink artifact beside my abstracted element.

Is there a better way?

General Board / libmicrohttpd.dll?
« on: February 01, 2020, 09:58:21 pm »

I see there is now a webserver component distributed with EA.
Is it possible to use this from the scripting engine?

General Board / Setting color schemes at startup, or triggered?
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:41:53 pm »

Is it possible to set a color scheme from a command line shortcut, or trigger it somehow? I would like to be able to differentiate, on sight by color scheme, between EA 15 and EA15.1 Beta, or an EA working on Model A or Model B.

Is it possible to use this new feature:

With baselines or similar for file based project branches?

General Board / Archimate Model validation.
« on: November 20, 2019, 12:30:32 am »

We are considering using the EAValidator to validate Archimate models. We have created some simple rules and are happy enough so far. Rather than re-invent the wheel, i thought to check in to see if the community has are any rulesets that can be shared, or best practices/advice for using EAValidator in their modelling process.

General Board / Construct view for a diagram?
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:32:57 pm »
When i select an element, i can see the construct items associated with it maintenance window.
When i select a diagram, i expect to see all of the construct items associated with the elements it contains in the maintenance window.

Is this an option i need to turn on? is there a search i need?

General Board / Managing Model Overlap, and submodel lifecycles.
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:48:53 pm »

I'm considering splitting out a model repository into separate model repositories as they have their own lifecycle. The models are interrelated, and i would like to be able to pull them together occasionally to manage the relationships between them. I want to keep the model meta-information (users, roles, element states etc) aligned too.

Is there a best practice or advice (for or against) this approach?
e.g. specific model design, submodels as root or view? Or baseline/merge policies?

As i understand it, if i want to go this route, it is usually done with exports - an XML (project settings) and XMI (submodel).


So there is a team use best practice for sharing a model on a multi-user filesystem that essentially says 'we use a database - turn on user access, and go for it'. This is usually talking about some IT managed volume, but more and more i am having to work on shared models on Onedrive filesystems.

Does/Is anyone using onedrive, dropbox for shared modelling work? If so is there a best practice?

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