Every 1-2 weeks I try to summarise some techniques, tools, languages and frameworks or platforms on the cloud and web horizon that are worth taking a look at.
TL;DR in this technology newsletter:
Diagrams as Code
Techniques / Trial
I bet you "draw" your diagrams in a visualisation tool like Visio, create a PNG for each version, and paste the PNG into your Word, Confluence, or Notion.
There are some challenges with this approach:
- Where do you save the visualisation tool source file and the corresponding output files?
- What do you version - the Visio file or the PNG or both?
- How do you ensure traceability if multiple people change the diagram?
This is where the Diagrams as Code technique comes in.
Treat your architecture diagrams like normal source code, put them next to the application's source code, and generate and publish different representations from them. Best of all, traceability and versioning are free (thanks to Git).
Structurizr - Diagram as Code 2.0
Tools / AssessStructurizr Website
Matching the above Diagram as Code technique, there are already several tools which you can do Diagrams as Code, like AsciiDoctor Diagram, WebSequenceDiagrams, PlantUML and the Graphviz. Each of these tools brings its own semantic.
Language & Frameworks / AssessSolid Website
Supabase - The Firebase Alternative
Platforms / AssessSupabase Website
Supabase is a backend as a service. It allows you to create a product without additional backend programming effort.
In short, you set up the PostgresSQL database and authentication provider and get a REST compliant HTTP API for all the configured tables you can use.
In addition, there is a storage feature to store, organize and deploy large files. Edge features let you write custom backend code if you want to connect third-party systems for integration purposes.
Take a look at the basic demo below 👇
This allows you to focus mainly on the frontend part and massively shorten your time-to-market.
But there are some important differences between Supabase and Firebase:
- Firebase promotes a proprietary NoSQL approach (Firestore). Supabase uses the open Postgres as RDBMS.
- Supabase's technical building blocks are open source. Firebase is not.
- Supabase gives you the freedom to choose where to host it. As a cloud service with multiple locations or on-premise. Firebase is only available as a Google Cloud Platform service.
- Supabase is supported by several big players such as mozilla. Firebase is supported by Google.
In another blog post I take a look at the architecture and technology stack of Supabase 👇.