Link Type Change

This extension is able to change link direction of a link or convert it to other link. For example, you can change "Link To" to "Link From" or "Link To" to Satisfied By".


User interface

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Problem to solve

After deployment of DNG projects and components, you might find out that you have set up the source and destination link in the wrong direction. This happens when you start to use global configuration, and you would like to set up a link from stream to baseline. 
The other use case is the one, where you decide to use more link types or merge links into one link type.
All mentioned examples could mean that you have to delete and add several thousands of links manually. This extension does the link change for you. On top of that, we have also implemented link validity retention (if you have it enabled) and cross component linking.

 

Limitation

  • Extension is working only with DNG Links
  • Base artifacts are processed only with option "Selected artifacts" so you can process only 200 at a time

 

Prerequisites

  • There are no specific prerequisites: Every Project area have Link types (at least the system ones) created.
  • When the link restrictions are enabled then you need to make sure that requested linktype to be created is allowed
  • For custom link creation across components, RDF URI must be setup in both configurations.
  • When linking to baseline, only outgoing link is possible to create/delete and only on the stream side (standard DNG intended limitation)

 

Features

Change Link

This extension will change direction or full link type for selected or all module artifacts

Links Across Components

The solution works in local non gc enabled environment, local gc enabled environment and in global configuration as well

Keep Link Validity

The links which are changed (swapped) are keeping their Link validation status (currently without comments) if such feature is enabled

 

How to use this extension:

Use Case 1: Change Link type for specific artifact in a Module

  1. Open Module and select artifact which shall be transformed
  2. Choose Link type which shall be converted from dropdown
  3. Choose Link type into which the artifact shall be changed from dropdown
  4. Choose "Selected Artifacts" radio button
  5. Click "Change" Button

Result: Links for Selected artifact(s) are changed. Link Validity is preserved

Use Case 2: Change Link type for all artifacts in a Module

  1. Open Module
  2. Choose Link type which shall be converted from dropdown
  3. Choose Link type into which the artifact shall be changed from dropdown
  4. Choose "All Artifacts in this module" radio button
  5. Click "Change" Button

Result: Links for Selected artifact(s) are changed. Link Validity is preserved

Use Case 3: Change Link type for specific base artifacts 

  1. Open Folder containing base artifacts and select artifact which shall be transformed
  2. Choose Link type which shall be converted from dropdown
  3. Choose Link type into which the artifact shall be changed from dropdown
  4. Choose "Selected Artifacts" radio button
  5. Click "Change" Button

Result: Links for Selected artifact(s) are changed. Link Validity is preserved

 

Pricing

This add-on is free of charge for customers who purchased the IBM Jazz solution via Softacus.

Please contact us if you need a different arrangement.

 

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Also, we are providing custom modifications for our customers. Every Softacus DNG Extension can be modified based on your needs or requirements. We are looking forward to developing a solution for you.

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