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26 Oct 2021

How we refactored the search form UI component

This article describes a classic case of refactoring a search form UI component, a critical part of every e-commerce platform. In it I’ll explain the precursor of change, analysis process, as well as aspects to pay attention to and principles to apply while designing a new solution. If you are planning to conduct refactoring of a codebase or just curious to learn more about frontend internals at Allegro, you might learn a thing or two from this article. Sounds interesting? Hop on!

11 Feb 2015

Evolution of our platform architecture

Allegro was founded in 1999. As you can imagine, technology was quite different at that time. Small startup of three developers wrote first version of the platform. There was no problem with scalability as there were only hundreds of users. We didn’t even used any sql database. All data were stored in the files. This first few years of Allegro are all almost mythical for current developers as no code or data schema is preserved from these times. Over all those years we have grown up – a small company hiring a few programmers has changed into a corporation with dozens of teams and hundreds of programmers. Everything was much easier back then when people were, literally, working together. But with the growing number of programmers, we faced problems that soon turned into blockers. Our code and its complexity grew along with the company. After some time, we realized that such uncontrolled growth would block us one day. Application maintenance would become expensive, and any change of the system behaviour would be risky. That is why we decided to act and our today’s architecture is the result of that decision. Here is the story of our transition.