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General Board / Re: BPMN: Data associations at two levels?
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:11:02 pm »
You have to create the data association at both levels.

General Board / Re: Errors after migrating to EA11
« on: July 01, 2014, 03:46:39 pm »
On May 14th I wrote: "The other [support issue] was about the impossibility to add documents to the model. (I use an eap file.) "

I now got feedback from Sparx on this issue. It turned out that adding documents inside your model is NOT meant to be in the Desktop nor in the Professional edition. The functionality that looks like you can do this in those versions, will be removed from those versions.

So for having documents inside your model you need version Corporate or higher.

- Jacob

General Board / Re: Errors after migrating to EA11
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:59:19 pm »
I think that for such issues you better log a support request with Sparx. Last days I logged two issues with them that maybe are related. One had to do with the impossibility to draw BPMN message flows between pools that are placed wihtin a certain node in the Project Browser. The other was about the impossibility to add documents to the model. (I use an eap file.)

General Board / Re: BPMN Message attributes/paramaetesr
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:03:59 am »
Hi Gary,

I think you go very detailed if you want to formally specify the attributes in BPMN (so in another format than text).

Maybe it's enough for you when the service is described at one place in your BPMN model. I was thinking about the following.

Let's say the 'Common Client' service comprises three steps: message start event, service task and message end event. Calling the service means two message flows with the process from which you want to use the service: one to the message start event (= request) and one from the message end event (= response).

To each message flow, a message can be linked. See the tag 'messageRef'. So you can have a 'request message' and a 'response message'. You could model them and describe the attributes there.

However: how to define this 'construct' of three steps only once? In fact it is a process, so you could model it as a (global) process, to be reused. However this would require that every time you want to invoke the service you have to define a Call Activity in the process from which you want to do the invocation. So still much modelling effort.

So I was thinking to model a reusable process called 'Use Common Client Service'. This would comprise an activity to call the service (not within a pool) and also the three steps mentioned above (in a pool) and the message flows as described above.

Then in the processes where you want to use the service, you define a Call Activity (tag 'isACalledActivity' (sic!) = true) that you let refer to the reusable process (tag 'calledActivityRef' = set to '<<Business Process>>Use Common Client Service').

Those are my thoughts, but I am open to alternatives.

- Jacob

General Board / Re: Search Published HTML Report
« on: October 25, 2013, 04:04:14 am »
I agree with Graham.

General Board / Re: RTF output Diagram connector
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:22:51 pm »
I was able to insert information about connectors displayed on a diagram that was in another package than the elements displayed on it.

The sections I have selected:
- Package
-- Element
--- Connector
---- Source
----- Element
---- Target
----- Element
-- Diagram
--- Element
--- Connector

I am still not getting the info and lay-out I want to get, but hopefully it helps you.

General Board / Re: Exported diagram has empty space
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:09:33 pm »
I have a diagram that only displays ArchiMate application components, but it has still the 'white space problem'.

- I didn't place any connectors on it, or removed it.
- For all certainty I pasted the components on a brand new diagram, but still the same problem.

So if connectors are the cause, they are not the only cause.

General Board / Re: Exported diagram has empty space
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:04:56 am »
I also have the same problem - with BPMN diagrams, but also with other kinds of diagrams.

General Board / Re: Using Crow's Feet Connectors for database mode
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:04:51 pm »
Don't the connector line ends on the diagram for which you changed the Connector Notation automatically change into crow's feet style? Because that's the way how it should work. So not by first changing a parameter and then - per connector - change the style.

General Board / Re: Insert template fragment into document templat
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:56:30 am »
I tried different locations and see it worked within 'package' but outside 'diagram' and 'element'.

Thank you for your feedback!

General Board / Insert template fragment into document template
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:46:02 am »
In the Sparx documentation is written how to include a template fragment into a document template: by right-click and select the 'Insert Template' context menu option. The 'Select Template' dialog should appear.

However I don't have that option. Who can help me?

General Board / Re: BPMN Data Object traceability to Data Model
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:22:26 pm »
One additional remark about the proposal of Ian to apply instance classifiers. If you do that, then you cannot see at the UML class the data associations you defined with BPMN activities.

For example, you have the UML class 'Contract'. When you put links on BPMN diagrams to this class and define data associations to and from activities, then at the relationships of the class all data associations are shown.

But if you add BPMN Data Objects to diagrams (also called 'Contract') and set as instance classifier the UML class 'Contract', then at the UML class the data associations with the activities aren't visible.

Maybe it's possible in another way to get the data associations via instances of the UML class - I don't know.

General Board / Re: BPMN Data Object traceability to Data Model
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:10:41 pm »
Like Ian, I also use UML Classes as Data Objects in BPMN. Luckily Sparx offers this cross relations between concepts of different approaches (BPMN - UML).

Via a matrix you easily can see the relations.

So the relation is not BPMN nor UML. Issue that I had when applying formal BPMN, is that a Data Object exists for the duration of the process. And that's not what I wanted to express.

General Board / Double brackets at names of stereotypes in report
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:56:50 am »
How can I get rid of the double brackets ( and ) around the names of stereotypes in a report (created with a document template)?

General Board / Document creation date in RFT template
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:06:23 am »
It is possible to add a field to a document template that will be replaced by the current date at the moment a document is created?

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