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Domain Specific Profiles

Configuring EA with MDG Files

About the Book

MDG is a marvelous way to configure Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. It allows you to extend the standard UML dialect with domain specific elements. There are a couple of advantages with this. Firstly your models become clearer as the model elements are more easily to recognize as to what domain element is actually meant. Second you dont have to construct domain elements manually each time you need them but you just drag'n'drop them from a toolbox. Third by also limiting the number of elements the involved modellers do not need to know the whole UML language but only the relevant subset. Designing a custom EA environment is actually no wizzardry. However, there are some steps you should follow which do not appear to be obvious.

The currently published version contains a walk through the most important parts of MDG and so one could say it is complete as it is. However, there are a couple of areas I will elaborate in more detail in the next future. If you think that certain parts should be extended or if you miss something, please let me know.

About the Author

Thomas Kilian
Thomas Kilian

Working since mid 1970's in the IT industry. Having gone through development and management in almost all industries (international but based in Germany). Currently focused on UML based projects (Embedded Systems/SysML, SOA, BPMN). Using (and dissecting) EA since 2003 (version 3.5) until today. Honestly I stopped at version 13.5 since it got only worse and washing my hands did not feel being enough. I might hop on the train again if the situation will get better.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Preface
  • 2. Copyright and Disclaimer
  • 3. Overview
  • 4. Bird’s View
    • 4.1 Stakeholders
    • 4.2 Requirements
    • 4.3 The Domain Model
  • 5. MDG Structure
    • 5.1 A Profile
    • 5.2 Custom Diagram
    • 5.3 Toolboxes
    • 5.4 Wrap Up
  • 6. Deploying a MDG
    • 6.1 Accessing the MDG
    • 6.2 Using MDG Elements
  • 7. Versioning Profiles
    • 7.1 Removing Stereotypes
    • 7.2 Adding an Attribute
    • 7.3 Renaming an Attribute
    • 7.4 Renaming a Stereotype
  • 8. The Quick Linker
    • 8.1 Editing the Definitions
    • 8.2 Testing the Quick Linker
    • 8.3 Operating Principle
    • 8.4 Sub-Menus
    • 8.5 Debugging
  • 9. Advanced MDG Techniques
    • 9.1 Creating a Shape Script
    • 9.2 Multiple Metaclasses
    • 9.3 Reference Elements by Tagged Values
    • 9.4 Creating a Composite Diagram
    • 9.5 Patterns
    • 9.6 Extending Other MDGs
    • 9.7 Icons
    • 9.8 Adding Searches
    • 9.9 Tag Grouping
  • 10. Testing
  • 11. Glossary
  • 12. Bibliography
  • Notes

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