Using Rational Rose: Some tips & tricks

Looking for some quick tips and tricks on how to use Rational Rose most effectively? Rusty Lloyd, our very own team whiz kid, explains how to associate a Rose model with RequisitePro and how to set your model stereotypes to show as labels instead of icons.

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Aaron Lloyd (rust@us.ibm.com), New Techologies Evangelist, IBM, Software Group

Aaron (Rusty) Lloyd knows how to handle a broadsword as well as he handles technology. He is currently the New Technologies Evangelist for the Rational Developer Domain.



21 November 2003

Here, in no particular order, are two shortcuts and ways to work with Rose.

The topics covered include:

  • Associating a Rose model with RequisitePro
  • Setting your model stereotypes to show as labels instead of icons

Associating a Rose Model with Requisite Pro

From the Tools Menu, select RequisitePro Associate Model to Project
Figure 1: From the Tools Menu, select RequisitePro Associate Model to Project

Here are some tips you can use to make the association more efficient:

  • Ensure that your naming conventions (case sensitivity included) are the same. This will cut down on confusion in the long run.
  • Before attempting to associate, make sure that RequisitePro is open and you have the place you want to add the information selected in your Microsoft Word View Browser. Otherwise, it will place the information in the beginning of the document.
  • Don't be surprised if the Requirement Numbering feature doesn't adjust when you add the new requirements. RequisitePro will not automatically renumber requirements. To do this, open your project, and select Project Renumber Requirements.

Setting your model stereotypes to show as labels instead of icons

When designing logical models, lots of people use business model stereotypes to provide a bit of depth to their model.

Here's a listing of all the Business Icons you might find in the Model Browser
Figure 2: Here's a listing of all the Business Icons you might find in the Model Browser

When working on a logical model, however, trying to represent these stereotypes with other object models often doesn't work, because their default representation shows the icon instead of an easy-to-read label.

Trying to represent one of these in the Logical Model can sometimes look as it does in Figure 3.

A Collaboration Diagram showing an icon instead of a label
Figure 3: A Collaboration Diagram showing an icon instead of a label

Notice how the Fulltime Student Entity looks, well, slightly out of place?

Well, there is a quick way you can change that so they all look the same.

(NOTE: This change needs to be made before you represent a business stereotype in a diagram. If you make it after you drag a stereotype from the browser to the diagram space, you will have to redo it.)

Navigate to Tools -> Options as shown in Figure 4.

The same Collaboration Diagram, with the author navigating to the Options Menu
Figure 4: The same Collaboration Diagram, with the author navigating to the Options Menu

Then click on the Diagram tab.

The Diagram tab of the Options Menu. Lots of tabs, aren't there?
Figure 5: The Diagram tab of the Options Menu. Lots of tabs, aren't there?

As shown in Figure 5, in the Stereotype Display section, choose the "Label" Radio Button, and click OK.

Finally, try to represent a business stereotype in your diagram like the one shown in Figure 6.

The aformentioned Collaboration Diagram, with an easy to read label for a newly added Business Stereotype
Figure 6: The aformentioned Collaboration Diagram, with an easy to read label for a newly added Business Stereotype

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