The Changelog The Changelog #416

Shopify’s massive storefront rewrite

Maxime Vaillancourt joined us to talk about Shopify’s massive storefront rewrite from a Ruby on Rails monolith to a completely new implementation written in Ruby. It’s a fairly well known opinion that rewrites are “the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make” and generally something “you should never do.” But Maxime and the team at Shopify have proved successful in their efforts in this massive storefront rewrite and today’s conversation covers all the details.


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2020-10-22T12:15:48Z ago

Super interesting. Gives those of us who work on highly customized applications some hope that maybe we’ve chosen the right path. I mean, that’s ultimately the job of software-to conform to the business needs. Not the other way around.

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