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Extending Sparx EA Schema Composer

03.12.2015 in Enterprise Architecture, Information Architecture, Sparx EA

In my previous post, I presented an overview of the new Sparx EA Schema Composer. I have also highlighted few points for discussion. Well… I believe that I will cover all of them in this article. Sparx EA extensions If you have used Sparx EA…

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Sparx EA Schema Composer Overview

24.06.2015 in Enterprise Architecture, Information Architecture, SOA, Sparx EA

When Sparx Enterprise 12 was release few months ago, I didn’t really rush to see what were the new features until I read this article about new Wireframes feature. This post can be considered as a continuation of my previous post ‘Deriving XML Schemas from your Information…

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Deriving XML schemas from your Enterprise Information Model

27.03.2015 in Enterprise Architecture, Information Architecture, SOA, Sparx EA

Following my post regarding Class Specialisation concept implementation in XML schemas,  I decided to give an overview of the end-to-end process for deriving XML schemas from an Enterprise Canonical/Information Model. As I’ve said before, I like to use the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Model Driven Architecture…

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An approach to implement Class specialisation in XML schemas (XSD)

23.03.2015 in Enterprise Architecture, Information Architecture, SOA, Sparx EA

I’ve decided to write this quick post to share a practical approach that I suggested to a client in order to solve a specific issue when realising their logical Information Model (a.k.a Canonical Model/Common Information Model/SOA Information Model…) to XML schemas (used for their Service…

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Service Catalogue Importer Tool for Sparx EA

24.02.2015 in Enterprise Architecture

It is not unusual for SOA projects to start to create a list of services using a spreadsheet. However, this list will increase over time and must be well managed to support discoverability and reusability of services. This importer tool is useful when using Sparx…

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Parallels and Office 2013 performance tips

10.07.2013 in Mac OS X, Virtual Machine

Parallels and Office 2013 issues After installing Office 2013 into my Parallels Desktop (Win 7) I’ve realised that performance has decreased significantly. I could see that it was clearly related to some new animation effects and with the help of my friend Google I’ve found…

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Install OSB 11g on Mac OS X

09.09.2011 in Mac OS X, Oracle Fusion Middleware

I got my new MacBook Pro a week ago and started to migrate all my windows applications to the new and exciting world of Mac OS X. Everything was going well until I tried to install the Oracle Service Bus (OSB) plugins for Eclipse. Until…

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Install OSB 11g on Ubuntu 11.04 64bit

05.09.2011 in Linux, Oracle Fusion Middleware

Prerequisites This guide is based on Oracle Fusion Middleware, so you will need the following files: wls1034_generic.jar STEP 1 – Install Java 1. Open Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager) 2. Go to Settings > Repositories 3. Check…

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Resize VirtualBox Hard Disk (Ubuntu guest OS)

25.01.2011 in Linux, Virtual Machine

I was creating a new virtual machine to install the latest Oracle SOA Suite ( and, during my biased next/next/finish routine, forgot to configure the hard disk size. After installing almost everything, I realised that the VM was running out of space. Instead of installing…

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