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How to define MDG Technologies in Enterprise Architect

Model-Driven Generation Technologies allow users to extend Enterprise Architect’s modelling capabilities to specific domains and notations. MDG Technologies seamlessly plug into Enterprise Architect to provide additional customized toolboxes, UML profiles, patterns, templates and other modelling resources.

Enterprise Architect also has some built-in technologies which may vary based on the edition of Enterprise Architect.

To create a custom MDG using Model Wizard:

  1. Create new or open existing Enterprise Architect files.
  2. Open Model Wizard and select Frameworks | Simple Template from the Model Wizard dialogue.

 

3. Add a Technology Name.

Adding a technology

 

4. By selecting the simple template from Model Wizard, a simple package structure (For Defining MDG Technology) will be auto-created.

Define MDG Technology

To create an MDG technology, some basic steps need to be performed in the below order:

  • Create Profile elements
  • Create diagram profile
  • Create toolbox profile

And below are other optional items that can be added to MDG Technology.

To Create a Profile Elements

 

To Create Profile Elements

  • All the custom objects and connectors that need to be added in the MDG Technology should be added under this package.
  • All the element or connectors which needs to be created should have a metaclass definition.
  • To add a metaclass, choose the diagram under the <<profile>> stereotyped package and enable the toolbox of it.

  • Drag and drop the Metaclass object from the toolbox and select the type of object from which the new object is extending.

  • Can also create multiple stereotype elements from a single metaclass element.
  • Once the Meta class is created, need to add a Stereotype object from the toolbox and need to add an extended connector between the Meta class and stereotype element.

  • Select stereotype element | Edit with profile helper to customize the effect of stereotype properties.

 

Select Stereotype

In General Tab: Name and Metatype sections are mandatory.

  • In our case the name is Rule and the same should be filled in the Metatype.
  • The stereotype of this class object will be “Rule”.

In the Tagged Values Tab:

  • All the tagged values that need to be added to the object can be created here.
  • Existing tagged values can also be added here by selecting Predefined list.

In Shape Script Tab:

  • Shape Scripts are used to extend the shapes and styles of the standard objects to create new styles.

 

To Create Toolbox Profile

  • All the objects that are created under profile stereotype packages should be added to the toolbox page so that it will get displayed in the created MDG technology.
  • To add a toolbox page, drag and drop the Add Toolbox Page object from the toolbox to the diagram under the <<toolbox profile>> package.

  • In Add Toolbox Page, provide the Name, tooltip, and icon and finally need to add the items (elements/Connectors) for the respective toolboxes.

  • Added items will be displayed in the toolbox items section and need to give the alias for all the items added in the toolbox as below.

  • And the toolbox items will be displayed like below in the diagram and it will have connected with a metaclass toolbox page

 

To Create a Diagram Profile

 A diagram profile can be linked to a Toolbox Profile that will provide quick access to these modelling constructs for rapid development.

  • To add a diagram extension, need to drag-drop Add Diagram Extension object from the toolbox to the diagram under the <<diagram profile>> stereotyped package.

 

  • Name, Extension Type (from which extension) Alias, Toolbox profile Name needs to be filled
  • Toolbox profile property helps to auto open the toolbox while using this diagram type.
    • The value of the Toolbox profile should be the same as the Toolbox name which we defined.

 

  • After creating the diagram extension will be added with a metaclass connected to it like below.

To Export XMLs for Generating MDG Technology.

  • Each packages profile, diagram and toolbox should be saved as a UML profile separately.
  • To save as a profile right-click the package -> Advanced -> save the package as a UML profile.
  • A unique name should be maintained for each package as these need to be identified and selected at the time of MDG creation.

Generate MDG technology

  • To generate an MDG technology file, select the “Publish | Generate MDG Technology File” menu from the ‘Publish’ Tab and fill the details in “MDG Technology Creation Wizard” and finish it which creates an MDG technology file.
  1. Select “MDG Technology Creation Wizard”. Select “Next”.

 

2. Select to create a new MTS file and proceed with the Next click.

3.  Browse a path and save it as.MTS file. click Next.

 

4.   Define filename to save technology file as .xml, ID, Version and Notes.

Select Next to proceed further.

 

OPTION ACTION
Technology Type the name of the MDG Technology.
Filename Type or select the path and filename of the MDG Technology File.

The file extension for this file is .xml.

ID Type a unique reference for the MDG Technology File, up to 12 characters long
Version Type the version number of the MDG Technology File.
Icon (Optional) Type or select the path and file name of the graphics file containing the technology icon(16×16 bitmap).
Logo (Optional) Type or select the path and file name of the graphics file containing the technology logo(64×64 bitmap).
URL (Optional) If you have any website product information type or paste the URL in this field.
Support (Optional) If you have any web-based or other support facility type or paste the contact address in this field.
Notes Type a short explanation of the functionality of the MDG Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Select the checkbox for each item to be included in the MDG Technology file.
When you have selected the checkboxes for all the items you want to include, click on the Next button.
Each selection runs specific dialogues to enable the definition of the specific items to be included in the MDG Technology.

 

 

6. Locate Profile xml. which was created for each package (profile, diagram and toolbox) and it will display all the UML profiles under the selected folder and it that need to select the profile UML alone

 

  • And similarly need to select the profiles for the toolbox and diagram

7. Locate diagram xml. select the needed definition and select Next.

8.  Locate Toolbox xml. select the needed definition and select Next.

9.   Select Next and Finish.

10.   MDG Technology successfully created.

 

To Import MDG Technology

  • From Ribbon , Public Tab -> Publish ( Resource Section ) -> Import MDG Technology.

 

  • Once imported, the added technology will be displayed in MDG Technologies.
  • Goto Configure ->Manage ( Technology section ).

 

To Update MDG Toolbox

  • Do Changes in the MDG Profile .eap file and regenerate all the steps defined in “Generate MDG Technology”
  • When creating an MDG file in the final step instead of Creating a New MTS file need to choose Open an existing MTS file and need to select the existing MTS file and update the information in it. For each update in MDG, it’s good to update the version of it.

Further Information
Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @ +91 8248004261 to have a live demo of the new EA 16 features and capabilities.

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Enterprise Architect 14 Preview

Hello Enterprise Architect Users, Sparx Systems is planning to launch Enterprise Architect 14 this year. As usual the whole community is looking for

  • What is new in Enterprise Architect 14?
  • Is there something cool that would benefit us?
  • When will Enterprise Architect version 14 be released?
  • Will there a beta release?

These all are some questions that pops up in everyone minds. That’s why Sparx Systems India team came with Enterprise Architect 14 preview article to answer your questions. The new version is expected to launch before March 2018. Yes there will be a beta release beforehand.

Cool features for Enterprise Architect Users:

  • Enhancement in perspective
  • Simplified Toolbox without configuring technologies
  • Simplified Stereotype selection
  • Display list of relevant diagram types on diagram creation based on selected perspective
  • Context Browser Focuses on specific package

Other exciting features in Enterprise Architect 14:

  • Inline Reader similar to specification window
  • Advanced Property window now handles (elements, diagrams & connectors & Tagged Values)
  • Pro-cloud Server enhancements
  • Business Process & Simulation
    • Now support to model Decision Modeling Notation
    • Enhanced process simulation

Recorded Webinar – Introducing Enterprise Architect 14

Enterprise Architect 14 is a major milestone release! Ahead of the official launch, we’re providing a new webinar series focused exclusively on previewing the version 14 release.

In this first webinar, we provide an overview of version 14 and show you why Enterprise Architect 14 will make your modeling experience better than ever!

In this webinar:

  • Find out the major release items in Enterprise Architect 14
  • Understand how version 14 addresses your modeling intent
  • Prepare to apply the new toolset before official launch!

Recorded Webinar – Introducing Enterprise Architect 14 – Enhanced Model Editing

The Model Wizard has been available in Enterprise Architect for many years, but in version 14 it has received a huge update. The goal of these changes has been to greatly enhance the modeling experience and to make it much easier to find and use the right modeling approach for a particular domain and purpose.

In this webinar, we preview the new Model Wizard and its huge selection of model patterns that come with detailed guidance and references, perspective-based filtering and use of meta-model driven views that combine to vastly improve the modeling experience.

In this webinar:

  • Preview the new Model Wizard interface
  • Understand the range of built-in Model Patterns
  • Apply new model patterns & perspectives to kick-start your projects

Recorded Webinar – Introducing Enterprise Architect 14 – Model Patterns & Perspectives

Explore the Mind Map of the Version 14 Release

Enterprise Architect 14 is a major milestone release! Ahead of the official launch, we’re providing a new webinar series focused exclusively on previewing the version 14 release.

In this webinar:

We provide an overview of version 14 and show you why Enterprise Architect 14 will make your modeling experience better than ever!

  • Preview the new Model Wizard interface
  • Understand the range of built-in Model Patterns
  • Apply new model patterns & perspectives to kick-start your projects

Upcoming Webinars in Enterprise Architect 14

Click on this link to know more about upcoming webinars in Enterprise Architect 14.

IntegrationsSparx Systems Enterprise Architect

Publish model contents to PowerPoint presentations

PowerPoint integration provides easy access to Enterprise Architect’s model within PowerPoint presentations. Insert diagrams and elements from the Enterprise Architect model in PowerPoint slides with references. These diagrams and elements can be synchronized anytime to reflect the latest snapshot from the model!

Prerequisites

  • MDG Integration for Microsoft Office

Key Features

  • Insert Packages, Elements, and Diagrams details directly from the Enterprise Architect repository by double-clicking or drag and drop.
  • Ensure the presentation stays current with the latest model from Enterprise Architect.

Functions

  • Packages, Elements, and Diagram names can be inserted.
  • Child Packages and Child Elements details can be inserted in a table format.
  • Relationship details can be inserted in a table format.
  • Diagrams can be inserted.

To publish content in PowerPoint

1. After the installation of MDG Office Integration ( Inbuilt with EA Ultimate Edition ), Open a PowerPoint presentation and you can find a new ribbon named Enterprise Architect as shown below

Image -Power point Presentation

 

2. Connect to an Enterprise Architect model – Both EAP files and database models can be selected. (If the model contains security, then the Enterprise Architect login credential’s dialog will be shown)

3. After successfully connecting to the Enterprise Architect repository, Enterprise Architect’s Project Browser will be displayed in the Powerpoint as below with the connected repository objects.

Image 2 Use Case Model in Project Browser

 

4. Objects can be easily inserted into Powerpoint by Dragging and Dropping or by Double Clicking the elements from the project browser.

  • Insert options may differ based on the items.
  • For Packages, it will display as below.

For example, if we double click the Manage Users package and selected Text, then the output will be like below

Figure 3 - Manage Users Package

Figure 4 Manage Users

 

 

  • Text – Drop the Package Name as Text
  • Details In Table – Drops the details of child elements in table format

For example, if we double click the Manage Users package and select details in the table, then the output will be like below

Figure 5 - Select type - Manage Users

Figure 6 - Login Creation

 

 

  • Include Sub Package – If checked, will add all child packages recursively.
  • Include Sub Elements – If checked, will add all child elements recursively.
  • Relationships – Drop the links of the selected package in table format.

C.     For Elements, the below wizard will be displayed.

Figure 7 Include Sub Package Sub elements

 

  • Text – Drop the Element Name as Text
  • Details In Table – Drops the details of its child elements in table format

For example, if we double click the Login from Manage Users package and select details in the table, then the output will be like the below.

Figure 8 Output window for Login from manage Users Package

Figure 9 - Window

 

  • Include Sub Package – Will be disabled ( Package won’t exist under an Element )
  • Include Sub Element – If checked, will allow dumping all the child elements recursively.
  • Relationships – Drop the link details of the selected element in table format

For example, if we double click the Login from the Manage Users package and select relationships, then the output will be like below

Figure 10 Select type - Relationships

Figure 11 -

 

d. For Diagrams, the below wizard will be displayed

Figure 13

 

 

  • Text – Drop the Diagram Name as Text
  • Diagram Image – Add a Diagram image to the slide.

For example, if we double click the Manage Users diagram from Manage Users and select the diagram image, then the output will be like below

Figure 15

 

  • Relationships – Used to drop the link details of the selected element in table format. It will list all the elements that are connected with the selected element.

Synchronization:

  • All the Items which are inserted from the repository can be updated in PowerPoint using a single click (Sync with Model).
  • In the Below diagram, have inserted the Package name and diagram into PowerPoint from the EAExample repository.

Sample Diagram: (Before Sync)

Figure 16

Sample Package Contents: (Before Sync)

Figure 17

  • In the future, if the details in the repository have changed, those changes can be synchronized in PowerPoint by just connecting the repository.

For example, in the diagram repositioned all the objects and in the table, contents have added alias for all the objects in enterprise architect. After all the changes in EA, I just connected the model in PowerPoint and used Sync with Model option and the sync will be started (refer below diagram).

Figure 18

  • After the items get synchronized, the PowerPoint contents will be updated with the details from the latest repository.

Sample Diagram: (After Sync)

Figure 19

 

Sample Package Contents: (After Sync)

Figure 20

 

Further Information
Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @ +91 8248004261 to have a live demo of the new EA 16 features and capabilities.