Just a few days before last year’s World Cup started, the teams in the Cluj and Dublin offices were buzzing with anticipation. After six months of intense work, teams ranging from Product, Design and Marketing to Tech, Content, SEO (and not only) were preparing to release the revamped versions of Paddy Power Betfair’s Gaming sites.
And this was the moment of truth, which would confirm if a lot of choices already made were the right ones.
This rebuild was done from scratch and painful questions needed to be answered. When starting such a massive project, how do you pick the right tech stack? Should you go for the latest, coolest, trendiest technologies or should you pursue the safe way and opt for the technologies you’re already experienced with? Not only the coding language in which the app is written is important, but so are packing and having it delivered to production.
Besides, based on goals and requirements, the appropriate rendering technique must be chosen; it can either be server-side rendering, static site, client-side rendering, or it could be a mix. As a take away, when choosing the latter, isomorphic apps are the key to reusability of the code on both the back-end and front-end.