Software Architecture Toolkit

software architecture toolkit

Summary

This post contains the curated list of tools, patterns and processes useful in any software architecture practice.

The audience for the below software architecture tools set is wide, ranging from software engineers, tech leads to software and enterprise architects.

Architecture Diagrams

Software Architecture diagrams are the key resources for all system architects. Below is a list of commonly used frameworks for software architecture diagraming.

  • Mingrammer Diagrams. Draw and version control your cloud system architecture in Python. Part of Diagrams as Code practice. Open source project.

  • Mermaid. Markdown inspired framework for generating diagrams and charts. Based on Javascript programming language. Open source project.

  • PlantUML. Software tool which allows to generate various diagram types from specific text based definitions. Widely supported in industry with multiple plugins. Based on the Java programming language. Open source project.

Architecture Decision Records

Why is usually more important than how.

An Architecture Decision Records or short ADRs is a technique of maintaining simple and concise documents that explain why technical decisions are going to be made this way.

Below are related articles explaining ARD concepts:

Well-Architected

Well-Architected has become the universal framework for building reliable, secure and performant cloud applications.

Once AWS released well-architected framework related to their own cloud platform, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud followed with equivalents.

Relevant articles:

Domain Driven Design

Its a collection of principles to design elegant technical systems.

Based on the business domain models it reduces the gap between functional purpose technical system has to serve and its code implementation.

Relevant articles:

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