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Here’s a story about the latest snag we’ve encountered in the process of migrating from Teamcenter Engineering to Teamcenter 8.3. [click to continue…]

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Over at teamcenter.blog.com, Logresh brings up the topic of keeping 2-tier clients up to date. It also came up not to long ago on forums at PLM World. In particular, how do you keep your clients updated with the latest versions of your custom TC User Libs and Jar files for rich client plugins? So, I thought I’d share the solution we came up with at my workplace. I don’t claim it’s the best solution, but it has served our purposes reasonably well. [click to continue…]

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As part of an upgrade/data-model conversion we have going on where I work, the application engineers from Siemens asked us if we had a way of inventorying Teamcenter so we could know how many items of each item type we have. So I came up with the following SQL query: [click to continue…]

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I’ve got a tip to share today, but frankly, I’m hoping someone out there has a better solution — so if you do, please leave a comment and enlighten me!

Which BMIDE Template Version is Currently Deployed?

One advantage to the new BMIDE way of developing a data model is that the data model now exists as a set of XML files which can be managed with a version control system. It is very useful to be able to track changes to the model over time and to be able to coordinate development with others, however the problem is, how can I tell which BMIDE template version is actually deployed to each specific instance of Teamcenter? [click to continue…]

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I have a simple request to make of developers who design dialog boxes for the applications I use: stop forcing me to translate every decision you ask me to make into a choice between Ok and Cancel.

Since this is nominally a Teamcenter blog I’ll pick on their BMIDE first. This is the dialog you get if you attempt to reload a project that has unsaved changes:

Now, I’m reasonably smart; my lips don’t usually move when I read. But I really have to slow down and read messages like this a couple of times to make sure I don’t click the wrong button. What is it with having to translate ever decision into Ok and Cancel? Is their a tax on using more than six letters on a button? How about having us choose from, oh I dunno, buttons that are actually labeled with the actual options? Is it really so hard to do something like this: [click to continue…]

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