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Easily build your own tech radar

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Sander Smeman

The Thoughtworks Technology Radar is well known for showing technology trends and choices. For my project I wanted to have the same thing, not use the hosted public version from Thoughtworks, but a selfhosted option. Therefore I choose to base it on the Zalando opensource tech radar, and create a way to use a CSV file as input so updating would be an easy thing to do. To accomplish that I took the following steps:

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Lightweight Architecture Decision Records

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Niels Dommerholt

As a software engineer you make architectural decisions all the time. Neal Ford calls these software engineers 'accidental architects'. I personally prefer the term implicit architects because I don’t think software engineers doing architecture is in any way an accident or even something you would not want. You’re the expert after all. Decision making is one thing though, how do you document these decisions?

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