WHAT WOULD THE CORGIS DO?

Thoughts on software remodeling and legacy code.
  • Better Documentation Through Commit Messages
    MAR 20, 2019 Written by Josh Kelley

    Wouldn't it be great if there were a documentation tool that's directly tied to the source code (so that you can always access information that's relevant to the code you're looking at), that doesn't clutter up the code itself, that's carefully and automatically timestamped (so that you know how current its information is), and that's guaranteed to be updated whenever the code is? Oh, wait. There is.

  • Why We Changed a Core Value
    FEB 14, 2019 Written by M. Scott Ford

    We recently changed one of our core values to remove an obviously gendered term. This is an exploration of what prompted us to do so.

  • Introducing the Cukeness Project
    SEP 25, 2018 Written by M. Scott Ford

    I’ve had the idea for a new testing tool in the back of my head for years. I’ve been calling it Cukeness (more on that name later). I was actually working on the project when I first asked Andrea to join me on the Corgibytes journey. I did a horrible job of explaining to her why it needed to exist. So she said that I should put it on pause and focus on other things instead.

  • Converting a large VB.NET project to C#
    SEP 11, 2018 Written by Ben Johnson

    This wasn't the sexiest project we've ever worked on, but a combination of good tooling, careful preparation, and a fair amount of mind-melting compiler error resolution made this a one of our best remodeling efforts of 2018.

  • Lessons Learned from a Production Outage
    AUG 21, 2018 Written by Steve Desmond

    A little while back, I arrived at my desk to a message no one likes to receive: the production instance of a client's primary app was down. What's more, the site had just gone live earlier that week, and thousands of users were trying to login.

  • Want Better Software? Focus On Communication.
    MAR 29, 2018 Written by Andrea Goulet

    If you want to eliminate your technical debt, communication HAS to be a critical component of your efforts. If you're struggling to break up your monolith and move to a microservices model, the first place to look is how your team is communicating. Command and control silos will result in monoliths. Self-organizing and autonomous teams give rise to microservices.

  • Quick Tip: Installing ruby 1.8.7 and rubygems 1.8.30 with RVM
    MAR 22, 2018 Written by M. Scott Ford

    We frequently work on projects where it's best to start out with an older version of ruby. Getting these to install correctly feels like a dark art sometimes. Here's a quick series of steps that we had to follow to get Ruby 1.8.7 using RubyGems 1.8.30 installed via RVM.

  • Modernization As A Competitive Advantage
    MAR 14, 2018 Written by Andrea Goulet

    From what I see, it's this relentless commitment to maintenance and modernization that enabled American entrepreneurs like Carnegie to outpace their British competitors, and it's a lesson that modern companies would do well to learn, lest their competition overtakes them.

  • The Theseus Paradox of Software
    JAN 15, 2018 Written by Brian Bassett

    In many ways the Ship of Theseus paradox is quite similar to software development. Is this app the same one it was five years ago? How about two? What about after the massive refactor we *just* finished? If it still serves the same business users in the same capacity, but we rewrote it, does it matter?

  • To rewrite or to remodel? That is the question.
    JAN 8, 2018 Written by Andrea Goulet and M. Scott Ford

    Your software isn't working the way you'd like. What should you do? Scrap everything and start over or slowly transform your application into something more in line with your vision. In this post, we explore the differences, strengths, and risks of each approach.