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  • Re: Support for Visual Studio for Mac

    It was announced today, I cannot say definitively one way or the other. The NORMA designer is based on the original DSL Tools libraries (now modeling framework). The rendering relies on a GraphObject library, which is Windows 32 bit native. I would be surprised if this has been ported to the Mac environment, but would need to see an installed ...
    Posted to Developers (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Thu, Nov 17 2016
  • Re: NORMA reverse engine question

    There is no way to get a reliable reading for a fact type derived from a database column. Therefore, after import, you will generally be visiting each of the imported fact types to clean up the associated readings. Selecting this option places a model validation error on each reading created during import, effectively giving you a task list for ...
    Posted to Technical support (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Wed, Apr 6 2016
  • Re: Non Visual Studio version of Norma

    Hi Hugh, NORMA is tightly integrated with the DSL Tools framework in Visual Studio. At the time the project was started (almost a decade ago) we also looked at web-based frameworks (there was no chance, the browsers simply weren't ready yet) and EMF in Eclipse. The big downfall on EMF was that it lacked the 'deleting' notification, ...
    Posted to NORMA (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Tue, Dec 8 2015
  • Re: Subset/equality constraint using a subtype connector bug

    Hi Karl, The information on this feature is linked in the January 2013 section of the readme under the title Extended Subtyping Constraint Combinations. The behavior is as expected: you can place a subset from a subtyping line to a role on a direct or indirect supertype, but not the other direction. Exclusion is also allowed, but not ...
    Posted to Technical support (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Tue, Oct 6 2015
  • Re: Simple exclusion constraint and Exclusive or constraint

    Trying these constraints in the NORMA tool on your own model can also be very instructive. You can practice using them against a domain you're familiar with, look at the verbalizations, try different constraint patterns, etc. I believe part of the confusion here is that an Xor constraint is two constraints, the inclusive-or and the exclusion. ...
    Posted to ORM Techniques (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Tue, Sep 1 2015
  • Re: VS2013 Sample Population NullPointer

    Hi JP, Yes, you're in a serious error mode here with no identifying value type for your entity type. The issue is the preferred identifier pattern still holds, but the identifying value type is no more. I'm not sure I should even allow the PID to exist in this state, but I'm sure that changing that workflow would be much harder than ...
    Posted to Technical support (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Wed, May 13 2015
  • Re: Unable to build on VS2013 due to reliance on guidOfficeIcons

    Hi Bill, Thanks for catching this. NORMA builds against 5 (soon 6) different Visual Studio versions. I don't have the luxury of buying hardware to isolate all of these versions, so I'm not surprised by the cross-contamination where 2013 is grabbing resources from 2012 (or even 2010). I've heard issues (that I can't reproduce) ...
    Posted to Developers (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Mon, May 11 2015
  • Re: Sample Population Editor on objectified ternary predicate issue

    Hi Bill, You can pick the existing items using the dropdown, or by exactly matching the name of the item in the text field. If you need to edit an existing name do it with the raw item selected or it will create a new item instead of editing the existing one. If you have a model file that isn't exhibiting this behavior I'd like to ...
    Posted to Technical support (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Mon, May 11 2015
  • Re: subset constraint validation errors

    Hello Berhanu, A subset constraint (along with an equality constraint and an exclusion constraint) is classified as a set comparison constraint. This means that these constraints compare the population of ordered sets of roles, not individual roles. (The instructions and error messages in NORMA refer to these sets role ...
    Posted to Technical support (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Wed, Apr 22 2015
  • Re: Objectification in the latest NORMA update

    Hi Gordon, Good to hear from you.  A couple of comments: (minor) You can change the name of the objectifying entity type on the shape as well. Just click the name shape above the fact type. There are other uses for this shape as well. For example, if you want to use the fact editor to create a fact type with the objectifying entity type as ...
    Posted to NORMA (Forum) by Matthew Curland on Sun, Apr 19 2015
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