Course Description

Report Wizard and VTL (2 days)

Request More InformationPre-requisites

  1. Programming/Coding background REQUIRED.
    This course will NOT teach anyone how to be a programmer.
  2. Comfortable with use of Cameo/MagicDraw and basic features.

Course Overview

  • This course will teach fundamental concepts of report generation (Report Wizard).
  • Covers Velocity Template Language (VTL), select extensions, and general concepts required to understand report generation.
  • Includes a hands-on practical exercise after each module, followed by a course final Lab.
  • This course is intended for students with strong programming background that are already knowledgeable about the tool and the domain that is modeled (UML, SysML, or UPDM / UAF, etc.).

Course Curriculum

Day 1

Module 01 - Introduction to Report Generation (the Report Wizard)

  • Background of the Report Wizard
  • Presentation of the UI and overview of the kinds of example reports that come with the tool
  • Demo using the report wizard windows to export an existing demo report
  • Lab

Module 02 – Introduction to Velocity Template Language (VTL)

  • Understand the Velocity Template Language
  • Basic concepts of Templating
  • Basic Constructs
  • Comments
  • References
  • Directives
  • Generating Warnings and exceptions
  • Accessing the Model
  • Best Practices
  • Lab (30 minutes)

Module 03 – MagicDraw’s Implementation of VTL

  • Helper Tools
  • Dissecting MagicDraw Specification
  • Lab (30 minutes)

Module 04 – Working with Tables

  • Tabular Export Background
  • Accessing all Elements contained on a diagram
  • Dynamic Row Creation
  • Dynamic Column Creation
  • 3 Labs

Day 2

Module 05 - Macros Development

  • Why use macros
  • How to Use Macros
  • Recursion
  • 2 Labs

Module 06 – Excel and Power Point

  • How to export data into Excel
  • How to export data into PowerPoint
  • #forpage directive
  • 2 labs

Module 07 – Template Development Process

  • Documentation Useful for Template Development
  • Template Development Process
  • Reviewing the Target Template
  • What is in the Model?
  • What is the Model’s Metadata?
  • Using VTL and model API to write the data
  • Cameo Collaborator Custom Templates
  • Template Development Best Practices

Final Lab

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