jQuery vs YUI Library: What are the differences?
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Late in 2014, around the time of the Series D, the WeWork engineering team had grown to 14, and while the backend was modernized with Rails and Active Admin CMS, the main website was lacking. The new headcount provided enough capacity to address the aging WordPress website.
As the team experimented with front-end technologies, they implemented a new signup flow with Angular, and other flows, including the Market Page, in React and Redux. The team says of that time: “If you’re following closely, yes, this means that in one rails app we had pages that included one or many of the following: jQuery, Angular, and React.”
By mid-2015, around the time of the Series E, the Digital department at WeWork had grown to more than 40 people to support the company’s growing product needs.
By then, they’d migrated the main website off of WordPress to Ruby on Rails, and a combination React, Angular, and jQuery, though there were efforts to move entirely to React for the front-end.
The backend was structured around a microservices architecture built partially in Node.js, along with a combination of Ruby, Python, Bash, and Go. Swift/Objective-C and Java powered the mobile apps.
These technologies power the listings on the website, as well as various internal tools, like community manager dashboards as well as RFID hardware for access management.
The front end for Heap begun to grow unwieldy. The original jQuery pieces became difficult to maintain and scale, and a decision was made to introduce Backbone.js, Marionette, and TypeScript. Ultimately this ended up being a “detour” in the search for a scalable and maintainable front-end solution. The system did allow for developers to reuse components efficiently, but adding features was a difficult process, and it eventually became a bottleneck in advancing the product.
Today, the Heap product consists primarily of a customer-facing dashboard powered by React, MobX, and TypeScript on the front end. We wrote our migration to React and MobX in detail last year here.