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FreshBooks
Spaghetti to service oriented
Freshbooks spaghetti to SOA
In the Beginning
We head back to 2003
PHP4
MySQL 4
MyISAM, and latin1 for all the things.
Deploy with Dreamweaver
But the product was
great, and customers
loved it.
Freshbooks spaghetti to SOA
Technical Debt Quickly
Spiralled out of Control
Development Slowed
The Flying Spaghetti Monster cc by John Dill
FreshApp API
Internet
Live DBs
Rabbit MQ
Bloom
Cloud files.
Lucre
Warehouse
Nginx load balancer
eventfeeder
Repeater
warehouse scripts
website
Evolve
Challenges
Each Customer had their
own Database Tables
Unit Tests were not
Reliable
XSS, SQL Injection and
Then Some
Code Stew
Escape Hatch cc by-nc-nd Sam Whitfield
3 years later…
FreshApp API
Internet
Live DBs
Rabbit MQ
Domain services
Frontend services
MQ consumers.
Connect to various integrations / services
Bloom
Data storage services
Cloud files.
Lucre
Internal Tools
* Some connections have been omitted for clarity.
Warehouse DatamartReporting ETL
Redis
Masterlock
MySQL
ASM
Nginx load balancer
Payments
eventfeeder
Mail Sniper
Funneling
Tolar
Banksiphon
Notify
Repeater
Manifestio
Afliliates
accountant-
leads
Supporter
Uploadr
warehouse scripts
freshbooks-ios
Mobile clients
freshbooks-android
MySQL
newman
refunder
statamic
Marketing website
multi-channel-tracker
receipts
cardspark
Evolve
How we did it
and how you might be able to.
The Tandem cc by-nc-sa Alex Bikes
Build Trust
Without trust you are unlikely to get autonomy
Alignment
Between Business and Development Leaders
Alignment
Amongst Developers
Make Friends
Developers + Design + Product Owners
Hire the best
That you can find & afford
rover 200 framing line cc by-nd spencer cooper
Better, not Perfect
Getting things finished counts more
Incremental Progress
Deliver value and improvements gradually
Amortize Refactoring
Build improvement costs and tests into new work.
Don’t Dig a 

Deeper Hole
Do new projects the ‘right’ way
Build Smaller
Applications
But not too small
Telescope cc by-nc Leslie Kalohi
Have a Vision
Knowing where you want to end up is essential
Be Ambitious
Have big goals and small milestones
Concentrate
Specialize in a few frameworks/libraries
Painter tools CC by-nc-nd Chap_D
Master a few Tools
Avoid the temptation of hip trends
Invest in Tooling
Continuous integration, and configuration management
pay off in the long term.
In Closing,
You can Recover from
a Spaghetti Monster
We did.
Thanks
https://joind.in/13338
!
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