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“I have an app in Ruby on Rails dating back to 2011 that hasn’t gotten any new features in the past five years. It’s slow and barely able to serve our growing user base. Can you help us deal with it?”

This is one of the more common scenarios I hear from clients at Monterail. Legacy code that’s hard to maintain and that has security vulnerabilities can be a nightmare both for businesses that have to use it and for developers (like us) who have to deal with it. In my decade or so as a software engineer, I’ve had the opportunity to observe successful — and unsuccessful — technology shifts undertaken by developers seeking to update legacy code in web apps. This could mean, for instance, changing from version two to version six of a framework, or from Ruby to Python, or from a monolith app to a microservices architecture, or from manual builds to continuous delivery. …

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Tomasz Kania-Orzeł

Experienced software and DevOps engineer, enjoying frontend technologies the most. | Head of Technology @monterail

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