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Suggestions and Requests / UnFiltered Task list window (ALT-4)
« on: August 26, 2003, 02:04:25 pm »
The current maintenance window with its four tabs provides a very fragmentary way of looking at the things to do.
In trying to use this, I have found that I can only work if I use one of the tabs and write reports outside of EA to assemble the tasks into a meaningful work plan.
IMHO it would be a better user interface if that window was untabbed with a single grid and a filter panel that let you see your preferred sub-set (e.g. check the 'Issues' checkbox if you want to see issues or even uncheck the completed checkbox to hide the completed tasks.)
If it also allowed you to list the tasks of the children of the currently selected model element then you could select a package and see all the pending tasks in that package.

Suggestions and Requests / Spurious UI tabs for the Maintenance panel
« on: June 23, 2003, 03:25:55 pm »
The maintenance panel (ALT/4) has 4 tabs to show the task status of a model element.
Element Defects / Changes / Issues / Tasks.
Perhaps a single grid showing them all would be better with a filter so say what types of taks you wish to see and what status you wish to see.

I am finding EA very useful in the closure stage of a project to attach tasks to specific model elements.
The feature would be more useful if I could add some sort of sizing to the task. e.g. 1hr, 4hrs, 4 days...

General Board / Setting default tagged values
« on: October 14, 2002, 11:51:30 pm »
I want to initialise my attributes with a default set of tagged values.
I have created a profile and can drag my attribute over a class.
This works fine but...
sometimes I forget and just create an attribute with the attribute dialog.
Is there anyway of creating a set of default tag values for unstereotyped attributes.

Uml Process / Action Language usage
« on: December 11, 2002, 12:13:01 pm »
I am trying to document a crop management system and the question concerns how to document how a boringly simple transaction can trigger a state change on it's parent.

For instance, a truck of peas arrives at a weighbridge from a given paddock. For the purposes of this discussion the stand of peas in the particular field is modelled as a crop with an interesting life-cycle {planned, planted, sampling, harvesting, harvested,cancelled}. The transition from sampling to harvesting is show by a 'harvesting-in-progress' signal on the statechart.
There will be several truck-loads from that paddock of peas and each weigh-bridge transaction is called an 'intake'. For the purposes of my scope, an intake is boring. it is created (and may be deleted if it was in error).

If I am using an action language for detailed specification (and hopefully generation), do people think the best place to document the first intake generating the paddock's harvesting-in-progress signal would be :-
1. In the intake notes field with some sort of 'create event' syntax.
2. On the intake/crop-association notes field with some sort of 'create event' syntax.
3. Create a trivial statechart on the intake and document it on the create transition.
4. Create an activity diagram and somehow associate it with the intake.

And finally, is this the sort of question that this new forum is about? 8)

Uml Process / Use Case Alternatives
« on: February 13, 2003, 06:41:08 pm »
I am currently writing a harvest management system. It is closely coupled with an existing growers payment system.

To inform the harvesting system of the existance of a particular paddock/field, the user can key in the details OR sync with the growers system.
The two use cases share none of the use interface but much of the back-end code.

How would people model that?

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