Last week, I got contacted by a potential client, that has had a Ruby On Rails website running since 2006.
This is both amazing for Ruby On Rails, but also scarey.
One aspect it highlights is the arrogance of developers, who assume that people will always upgrade to the latest version as soon as it is available.
It also highlights that rails can actually be quite a durable solution and is standing the test of time.
Luckily, it turned out that the issue was relatively easily rectified, and within half a day, the site was back up again.
Sure there’s plenty of future considerations over security etc, but for this business case, this are at least minimized. I’d generally advocate upgrading to the latest versions, as security holes are occasionally found with Rails. Rare in comparison, with the many PHP solutions out there, but they still do happen.
I enjoyed bringing this site back to life. Perhaps you have a similar problem, and have a legacy website that could do with bringing back to life? I’d love to talk to you more.