Maintainable

DHH: Celebrating Legacy Software as a Victory and the Story of How Humans Can't Estimate

Episode Summary

Robby speaks with DHH, the creator of Ruby on Rails and CTO of Basecamp/HEY. They discuss how legacy software should be seen as a victory and celebrated, some of Basecamp's engineering teams processes between new features/updates and handling maintenance-type work, the benefits of new versions of your SaaS products, how humans are horrible at estimating, and why Ruby on Rails has not needed a rewrite, yet.

Episode Notes

Robby speaks with David Heinemeier Hansson (aka DHH), Creator of Ruby on Rails and CTO of Basecamp / HEY.

Disclaimer: Robby sat down with DHH in early March 2021 about ~5-6 weeks before Basecamp's policy changes were announced and the significant impact that had within our community. It's quite likely that some of Basecamp's internal software engineering processes have since changed.

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Book Recommendation: "The Manual" by Epictetus

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