As a follow-up to my recent post called Aligning software architecture and code, this is the first in a series of short posts that will look at the code behind the techtribes.je website that I recently open sourced on GitHub. The posts will also show examples of some simple software architecture diagrams based upon the C4 approach (context, containers, components and classes) that is described in my Leanpub e-book called Software Architecture for Developers. There's also a short introduction on InfoQ called Agile Software Architecture Sketches and NoUML. As with anything, let's start at the start.
The techtribes.je website provides a way to find people, tribes (businesses, communities, interest groups, etc) and content related to the tech, IT and digital sector in Jersey and Guernsey. At the most basic level, it's a content aggregator for local tweets, news, blog posts, events, talks, jobs and more. Here's a context diagram that provides a visual summary of this.
The purpose of the website is to:
The techtribes.je website has three types of user:
There are three types of systems that techtribes.je integrates with. These are represented by dashed grey boxes on the context diagram.
The next blog entry will look at the high-level software architecture and the major technology choices.
Simon is an independent consultant specializing in software architecture, and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility). He’s also the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the founder of Structurizr, which is a collection of open source and commercial tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.