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

How it Works

The Workbench is a tool in Enterprise Architect Debugging, enabling you to create your own variables and invoke methods on them. Stack trace can be recorded and Sequence diagrams produced from the invocation of such methods. It provides a quick and simple way to debug your code.

Platforms Supported

The Workbench supports the following workbench platforms:

  • Microsoft .NET (version 2.0 or later)
  • Java (JDK 1.4 or later)


The Workbench does not currently support the creation of Class instances written in native C++, C or VB.


The Workbench operates in two modes:

Idle mode

When the Workbench is in idle mode, instances can be created and viewed and their members inspected.

Active mode

When methods are invoked on an instance, the Workbench enters Active mode, and the variables displayed change if the debugger encounters any breakpoints. If no breakpoints are set, then the variables do not change. The Workbench immediately returns to Idle mode.


The results of creating variables and the results of calls on their methods are displayed in the Debug Output window.