Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.

Build Your Own Modeling Language


Enterprise Architect enables you to create models using UML. However, it also enables you to go much further, extending the scope both of your modeling and of the UML components you use, as outlined below.

UML Stereotypes

Stereotypes are an inbuilt mechanism for logically extending or altering the meaning, display and syntax of a model element. Different model elements have different standard stereotypes associated with them. You can also define your own stereotypes.

For further information on stereotypes, see the UML Stereotypes topic.

UML Profiles

UML Profiles are a means of extending UML, which enables you to build models in particular domains. A Profile is a collection of additional stereotypes and Tagged Values applied to elements, attributes, methods and connectors, which together describe some particular modeling problem and facilitate modeling constructs in that domain.

For further information on Profiles, see the UML Profiles topic.

UML Patterns

Patterns are groups of collaborating Objects/Classes that can be abstracted from a general set of modeling scenarios (that is, parameterized collaborations). They generally describe how to solve an abstract problem, and are an excellent means of achieving re-use and building in robustness.

For more information on Patterns, see the UML Patterns topic.

MDG Technologies

The Model Driven Generation (MDG) Technologies enable you to access and use the resources of a specific technology within Enterprise Architect. Interfaces to some technologies, such as BPMN and ICONIX, are integrated with Enterprise Architect, whilst interfaces to others such as Eclipse and Visual Studio can be added separately. You can also link to technologies that you have created yourself.

For more information on MDG Technologies, see the MDG Technologies topic.