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Available now: Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks

December 15, 2010 By: Peter Category: Software, Te Koop

The UML modeling tool Enterprise Architect from Sparx Systems has gained popularity worldwide because it is an affordable yet fairly complete tool, feature-wise. However, the interface is so full of features that it can be hard to find out how to do things. This book is an answer to that need. It contains fifty different features and uses of Enterprise Architect that you probably don’t know, but that can make life as an Enterprise Architect user simpler and more fruitful.frontcover_ea

Description

This book contains tips and tricks for getting the maximum out of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. From working with elements and connectors to making diagrams to more advanced functionalities like toolboxes, stereotypes and tagged values, the user is guided through the complex user interface of Enterprise Architect. A final chapter offers even more advanced features and some unexpected uses of Enterprise Architect.

ISBN: 9781616278991
NUR code: 991

Order the book or read a fragment at Unibook.

Update:

Table of Contents

Preface. 2

Copyright notice. 2

Thanks to. 3

Contents. 3

About the author. 5

Chapter 1: Elementary, my dear Watson. 6

  • Trick 1: Adding an element of the same type. 7
  • Trick 2: Adding related elements to the diagram. 8
  • Trick 3: Put target element in diagram. 11
  • Trick 4: Bookmarking elements. 13
  • Trick 5: Element styles. 13
  • Trick 6: Finding elements in the tree. 17
  • Trick 7: Nesting elements. 18
  • Trick 8: Locking elements. 19
  • Trick 9: Add elements directly to a package. 21
  • Trick 10: Mimic multilanguage support. 22

Chapter 2: Connecting things. 24

  • Trick 11: Exact placement of connectors. 25
  • Trick 12: Repeat connector. 26
  • Trick 13: Pressing shift while dragging to add a bend. 26
  • Trick 14: A bezier curve. 27
  • Trick 15: Prompt on connector deletes. 29
  • Trick 16: Notes to a connector. 31
  • Trick 17: Docking elements. 33
  • Trick 18: Parent-child relations, drag and drop style. 35
  • Trick 19: converting linked element to local copy. 37
  • Trick 20: connecting notes to internal documentation. 39

Chapter 3: Diagrams. 42

  • Trick 21: Copy a diagram to the clipboard. 43
  • Trick 22: Same size. 45
  • Trick 23: Save as shortcut. 48
  • Trick 24: Change diagram type. 49
  • Trick 25: Package on a diagram.. 52
  • Trick 26: Quick zooming. 53
  • Trick 27: Shallow or deep copy?. 54
  • Trick 28: A legend. 56
  • Trick 29: Status colors on diagrams. 60
  • Trick 30: Manual layouting. 63

Chapter 4: Toolbox, types and tree. 67

  • Trick 31: Toolbox visibility. 68
  • Trick 32: Create your own toolbox. 69
  • Trick 33: General types. 72
  • Trick 34: Auto name counters. 75
  • Trick 35: Stereotypes. 76
  • Trick 36: Tagged value types. 78
  • Trick 37: Inheriting tagged values. 81
  • Trick 38: Apply a tagged value to multiple elements. 83
  • Trick 39: Sorting tree. 84
  • Trick 40: Finding orphans. 86

Chapter 5: A bit more advanced. 87

  • Trick 41: Slideshow. 88
  • Trick 42: Searches. 90
  • Trick 43: Relationship matrix. 91
  • Trick 44: Hierarchy window and traceability. 94
  • Trick 45: List view. 96
  • Trick 46: Filtering. 97
  • Trick 47: Printing large diagrams. 99
  • Trick 48: The team review.. 102
  • Trick 49: Database access. 104
  • Trick 50: Visualize workflow. 105

Overview of shortcuts. 108

Index. 110

About the author

Peter is a full-time enterprise architect at SD Worx, a leading HR company, and vice president of the Belgian Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects.

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8 Comments to “Available now: Fifty Enterprise Architect Tricks”


  1. Cheers Peter,

    Good work! How do I purchase the book? Is it written in english?

    thank you

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  2. Just reading this now (Kindle version).
    I’ve been an EA user for 7+ years, and I’m now keeping a tally of the tricks I didn’t know: and there are lots!
    This is a great piece of work, and has been needed for a long time.
    I’m just writing a ‘Intro to EA’ course for a customer, and I’ll certainly reference it.
    Well done!

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    • Ian, thanks for the comment. Actually, this book was born out of the same observation as you made. I once sat together with seven EA users, and presented them with four simple tips (I thought) but no one knew all four… so I decided to write this book, because EA can be so full of features that it is hard to know the best ways of actually using the tool.

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  3. Another reader said that he enjoyed the e-version of the book:

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2388309/sparx-system-enterprise-architect-book/

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  4. Jeffrey Herr says:

    I bought the book (LOVE it!) and now get version update notices from LeanPub. But how do I know what’s changed in each version? I’m not going to re-read this whole book over and over, right?

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    • Jeffrey,

      when I publish a new version, I always put a description online of the changes. In principle, until the third bonus chapter is ready and before EA Version 10 is released, each new version contains just an extra bonus tip. Once EA version 10 is released, I plan a major upgrade so the book is adapted to version 10.

      Thanks for the comment!

      P.

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