One of my favourite features of Enterprise Architect (EA) is the ability to define your own meta-models using MDG technology, and over the many years I have used EA, I have developed many such MDGs and have shared my experiences in their development at numerous EA User Group meetings.
However there has always been a “sting in the tail” with developing an MDG in the respect of defining Quicklink rules. These were (and can still be) defined using a spreadsheet where each row defined a connector between two elements for a specific diagram. Not only was this tedious, but also prone to error and not that intuitive.
With the arrival of EA version 14 and in particular EA version 14.1 a new method of defining Quicklink rules was introduced. This new method uses Meta-relationship, Stereotyped relationship and metaconstraint.
In this article I will explain through a simple example MDG how to use Stereotyped relationships to define Quicklink rules.