Enhancement - Data Functions/Transactional Functions sub-nodes - Right hand panel


The Data Functions and Transactional Functions sub nodes (in the Enhancement node) enable you to view detailed information about the enhancements made in successive snapshots for Data Functions and Transactional Functions:

Both nodes are identical and contain various different panels. Each panel is explained in more detail below:

Upper left panel (Evolution)

This panel lists all existing snapshots stored in the CAST Dashboard Service managed by the CAST Management Service you are connected to:

Please note that:

- the value reported for "Total AEFP" or "Total EFP" is an EFP (Enhanced Function Point) value - in other words, it only includes added, modified and deleted Function Points. All Unchanged Function Points are automatically excluded from this value.
- the value reported for "Deleted AEFP/EFP" and "Deleted Data Entities" is relative to the value displayed for "Total AEFP/EFP" and "Total Changed Entities" in the previous snapshot (not in the current snapshot).

Upper right panel (Data Functions or Transactional Functions)

This panel lists all Data Functions/Transactional Functions that match the criteria you have set up in the Templates node or System node that are present in the snapshot selected in the Upper left panel. For each item, the following are displayed.

Note that:

- all items are listed as ADDED in the very first snapshot.
- in case the selected snapshot uses the EFP enhancement measure, Impact Factor and EFP value will be displayed.
- In case the selected snapshot uses the AEP enhancement measure, Complexity Factor and AEFP value will be displayed.

Exclude objects shared by at least X transactions in current snapshot Use this option to determine which objects you want to exclude from the total checksum calculation. By default, all objects that are shared between at least 10 transactions will be excluded when you click the OK button. You can modify the number of transactions manually.

You can find out how many Transactions an object is part of by looking in the Lower panel:

Lower panel (Details)

This panel lists all objects belonging to a Data Function/Transactional Function selected in the Upper right panel:

Note with regard to the EC Level and EC columns:

- these columns are only relevant for Artifacts. The objects in this table which are not Artifacts, will not have neither EC nor EC Level ("N/A" will be displayed).
- these columns are only relevant for AEP enhancement measure. In case the selected snapshot uses EFP, they will be Non-Aplicable ("N/A" will be displayed in both columns).

Note with regard to FULL_GRAPH_OBJECT in the Role column:

- the FULL_GRAPH_OBJECT role listed for Transactional Functions indicates objects that appear in the Full Call Graph (used by the AEP mode) but are not visible in the reduced Call Graph (used by the EFP mode) - see View call graph / View full call graph for more information. In other words these are objects which are only taken into account when the snapshot has been generated in AEP mode. When EFP mode is use to generate the snapshot, these objects are ignored.
- in most circumstances, an object with the role FULL_GRAPH_OBJECT should not appear in the lower panel for a snapshot that has been calculated in EFP mode. However, one exception to this rule is where the most recent snapshot has been generated in EFP mode, and the immediately preceding snapshot has been generated in AEP mode. This results in a situation where the lower panel will list FULL_GRAPH_OBJECT objects in the EFP calculated snapshot, but they will be marked as DELETED - i.e. not taken into account in the current snapshot, but were included in the previous AEP generated snapshot:

Exclude an object

This option is designed to exclude an object when the Recompute checksums and snapshot statuses option is actioned:

To manually exclude an object, right click the object in question in the lower panel of the Data Functions or Transactional Functions nodes and select Exclude <object_name>:

A tick will be placed in the Excluded column as shown below and the object will not be taken into account when you click the Recompute checksums and snapshot statuses option:

Notes - In CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.8 this exclude option will impact only the current snapshot and any future snapshot data. Existing snapshots are not impacted.

- In CAST AIP ≤ 8.3.8 this exclude option will impact all snapshots!

- An object is automatically included in the Recompute checksums and snapshot statuses option when no tick exists in the Excluded column for the object in question. To manually re-include an object that you have previously excluded manually or via the global exclude option (see Upper right panel): right click the object in question and select Un-exclude <object_name>. A tick will be removed from the Excluded column as shown above and the object will be taken into account when you click the Recompute checksums and snapshot statuses option (see Upper left panel).

- Use the Hide unchanged objects option to remove any objects that have the status Unchanged (in the Object status column). These objects are of no relevance with regard to the Evolution feature.

- see also Exclude objects.


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