Are you lost in the Web3 sea? Can't find your way back to the use of relevant technology?
Don't worry! At 3327, we are a crew of blockchain sailors with a ship fully prepared for storms like these. And like every good ship, we have a Radar that can detect anything coming our way!
That's why, oh lost one, we have decided to share something with you!
Here is ours and now yours, Web3 Tech Radar.
Web3 Tech Radar is a tool that maps out technologies in the Web3 sea, from those far away from general usage/outdated to those in the near vicinity used by our crew.
The original inspiration came from ThoughtWorks' Tech Radar and the problem of being overwhelmed with thousands of projects, protocols, tools, and frameworks floating the Web3 sea. That's why we decided to use the Radar metaphor to make it easier for developers to sail by allowing them to create their own Radar or by suggesting new technologies and using our Radar as a benchmark.
Brace yourself. We are taking a deep dive into how the W3TR works!
Good, now that you are here, mate, we will take you through the 3 different segments of how this works!
Your goal is to track the things of interest, here, dots on the Radar referred to as the Blips. The Blips are categorized by two criteria, the Quadrants, and the Rings.
Quadrants serve as a basket of similar technologies even though specific Blips should be placed in multiple Quadrants. Our primary focus is their location in the positional category - Rings—more on this in the following sections.
There are 4 Quadrants in which we distribute new technologies:
Languages and Frameworks represent programming languages (i.eSolidity) that are/were used to write Smart Contracts and frameworks that provide a shortcut to structuring, writing, testing, and deploying Smart Contracts.
Tools represent mediums used to conduct specific actions on the blockchain. For example, one of the vastly used tools for keeping, sending, and receiving cryptocurrencies and NFTs is MetaMask.
Platforms are a broad category where you can find dApps that provide external help ranging from boosting your security and helping store your data to even providing a browser IDE to deploy contracts. Another example would be Etherescan, a platform for tracking and analyzing transactions.
Techniques provide standardized ways of developing dApps and Smart Contracts. They provide structure and aim to secure maximum efficiency.
Just as there are four different Quadrants, we have four different Rings. Let's start with the most frequently used technologies and work our way to the outdated ones. Here is how to understand them, sailor:
Adopt ring shows proven valid, mature, and vastly recognized Blips. I hope you are carrying a toolbox because these technologies have priority.
Trial ring will look at technologies ready to be used but not yet fully broken in. Try them out at your leisure and keep them in the side pocket of the toolbox, sailor. You'll never know when they will come in handy.
Assess ring suggests Blips you should have in mind but not necessarily try out yet. Unless they fit like a glove or you believe they can reach their potential.
Hold ring, unfortunately, holds, as the name says, technologies that are outdated or not optimized for use. The crew warns you they are trouble and should probably be left at sea.
Now that you know how to use it, it's time to choose how you will use it.
Your first option is to create your own Web3 Tech Radar and sail solo or join our crew by suggesting new technologies or both. Here is a little guide on how to do each.
Here are a few easy steps to get you started on your version of W3TR:
You would like to see new Blips on the Radar that aren't there but should be?
No problem, head over to the "Propose new tech!" section, fill out the form, and we will try them out in no time!
The 3327 is a Community-oriented R&D crew and created this Web3 Tech Radar to serve the Community as a public good.
In addition to us wanting to share our knowledge and experience on novel tech with you, we would also absolutely love it if you gave your feedback and shared your expertise.
We are excited about any questions, suggestions, or comments you might have, and we are looking forward to connecting with you!
May you have fair winds and following seas, sailor!