There is an updated version available. Check out Excel to EA Importer v4
The Excel to EA importer is a rather simple tool to import stuff into EA.
It has been available on the Sparx Community Site since 2009 and it has always been one of the most popular resources.
Version 2 was a small improvement allowing for different types of Elements.
In version 3, thanks to the kind help of Paulus, I’ve now added a new function in order to import Glossary Terms.
The excel file now has two tabs, one to import elements and attributes, the other to import the glossary terms
Elements and Attributes
Columns A till F are used in the sheet ElementsAndAttributes . Fill in the the columns with your own data.
Fill in the type of the Element you wish to import. This column should contain either Attribute or one of the EA Element types as defined in the documentation of EA.Element.Type. An attribute will be added to the last specified Element.
The name of the element or attribute.
The stereotype of the element or attribute. Use null to specify an empty stereotype.
The description of the element or attribute.
- Attribute Type
The type of the attribute. This column should not be used for Elements. Use null to specify an empty type.
- Attribute Length
This value will be added as a tagged value with the name length on the attribute. Again this is only for attributes.
In the 2nd sheet Glossary you can fill in columns A until C with:
The term name is mandatory.
The type of the term is mandatory as well
The meaning of the term is optional.
Once all you data has been filled in you are ready to import the data into EA.
- Open the sheet you wish to import
- If you are on the ElementsAndAttributes sheet press the button Import, or run the macro (Alt-F8) importFromExcel
- If you are on the Glossary sheet press the button Import Glossary, or run the macro (Alt-F8) importGlossaryFromExcel
The code of this little tool is embedded as VBA in the document, and as such can be edited by anyone with basic programming skills.
To open the code editor press Alt-F11.
There are three major parts for the code
The module that contains the importFromExcel macro. This is where you want to make changes.
A facade for EA’s API containing all kinds of useful functions. You probably don’t need to change anything here.
A facade for Excel with the code to get the values of the sheet. Again probably no need to change anything here.
Both the Excel file as the VBA code embedded in it is free for use. Just be kind and leave the reference to my name in the code if you use it.