Shape Script made easy
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Shape Script made easy

Drawing individual element shapes with Enterprise Architect

About the Book

This book is the only one about Enterprise Architect's Shape Script. It will take you by the hand and introduce you into the simple but powerful scripting language. The book comes with a lot of examples which lead stepwise into the features offeres by Shape Script. It also shows the pitfalls you should avoid (as far as they are known). If you are going to learn Shape Script you will save many hours compared to 'learning' by reading the help.

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. Basic Concept
    • 3.1 Control Structures
    • 3.2 Query Methods
  • 4. Shaping Elements
    • 4.1 The Main Shape
    • 4.2 Text
    • 4.3 Shape Attributes
    • 4.4 Sub-Shapes
    • 4.5 Compartments
    • 4.6 Decoration
    • 4.7 Labels
    • 4.8 Miscellaneous
  • 5. Shaping Connectors
    • 5.1 The Connector
    • 5.2 Source and Target
    • 5.3 Labels
    • 5.4 Connector Drawing Methods
    • 5.5 Attributes
  • 6. Properties
    • 6.1 Element properties
    • 6.2 Connector
    • 6.3 Diagram
  • 7. Advanced Usage
    • 7.1 Shape Script in MDG
    • 7.2 Add-in
  • 8. Advanced Patterns
    • 8.1 Different Actor
    • 8.2 Composite Symbol
    • 8.3 Non-/Rectangular Notation
    • 8.4 Rotating According to Incoming Edge
    • 8.5 Cloud Compensation
    • 8.6 Remove Connector Stereotype
    • 8.7 Highlighting
    • 8.8 Envelope
    • 8.9 Annotation
    • 8.10 Arrows
    • 8.11 Lines
    • 8.12 Perfect Circles
  • 9. Shape Script Syntax
  • Notes

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