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Modeling Basics


Modeling can be described as graphically representing a business process or software system. The resulting model can be used to emphasize a certain aspect of the system being represented, and to record, document and communicate its detail. A study of such a model can enable insight or understanding of the system. Enterprise Architect's modeling platform is based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a standard that defines rules and notations for specifying business and software systems.

Using Enterprise Architect, you can quickly build a model using a hierarchy of packages to represent the structure and organization of the model.




Models - a model is the highest conceptual level, representing a distinct and complete representation of all or some part of a modeled system

A Project can contain multiple models.


Model Wizard

Model Templates

Views are the second level within a model and define a specific viewpoint of the system being modeled - for example a Use Case view, a Requirements View or a Dynamic (behavioral) View

Views are simply packages which have an additional conceptual meaning.


Add Views

Packages are the basic containers that create the overall model structure. Packages hold other packages, elements, diagrams and similar model constructs.


Open Package in the Project Browser

Diagrams are visual representations of how model elements are connected or behaviorally related. They can also display the characteristics of an element, such as attributes, methods, notes and tagged values in a convenient visual style.


Diagram Toolbox

The Quick Linker

Diagram Context Menu

Diagram Context Menu

Diagram Tabs

Diagram Tasks

Layout Diagrams

Elements are the basic building blocks of models. They represent both structural constructs such as Classes and Interfaces, as well as behavioral constructs such as Activities, Actions and States.


Element Context Menu

Visual Representation

Connectors are the various kinds of relationships between elements within a model - including behavioral relationships, associations, taxonomic relations and similar.


Connector Context Menu

Connector Tasks

Connector Properties

Tagged Values are customizable, profile or user defined properties which are generally related to a Stereotype and define additional attributes and characteristics of an element. They are one of the fundamental means of extending UML into more domain specific areas.

Tagged Values

Quick Add - Tagged Value To Elements

Modify Tagged Values

Notes are the standard common language based descriptions of what an element, diagram, feature or relationship is for and how it is used within the model. Notes are  often used as a first step to eliciting the meaning and use of an element - which is later refined into something more concrete and precisely specified.


Notes Toolbar

Reference Information - a variety of basic types and information that is used across a particular model - for example, Stereotypes, Tagged Values and similar.

Reference Data

UML Types

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