28 May '17, 2pm

@gortok

This is the first in a series of articles, discussing why many software rewrite projects end badly and what to do to avoid some of the ways I've seen them go astray. You’ve got an existing, successful software product. You’ve hit the ceiling on extensibility and maintainability. Your project platform is inflexible, and your application is a software house of cards that can’t support another new feature. You’ve seen the videos, the weblog posts and the hype, and you’ve decided you’re going to re-implement your product in Rails (or Java, or .NET , or Erlang, etc.). Beware. This is a longer, harder, more failure-prone path than you expect. Throughout my career in software development, I’ve been involved in Big Rewrite after Big Rewrite. I suspect it’s because I have an interest in learning eclectic computer languages, operating systems, and development environments. Not being...

Full article: http://chadfowler.com/2006/12/27/the-big-rewrite.html

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