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MISKAT MILU
Apr 13, 2022
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It's one of those facts of startup life that's easy to overlook, but a company's success and growth can be deeply tied to the technology they use in their stack. In this article, adapted from a talk I gave at the JS Day IE conference in Dublin last year, I'd like to Latest Mailing Database explain how this was the case with Intercom and Ember. Growth period Ember came out eight years ago. We've been using it for about six years in Intercom – and I joined Intercom six years ago. Intercom is a truly amazing company, by far the best group of people I have ever worked with. I guess the biggest impact I had, certainly early on in Intercom, was introducing Ember and convincing people that we should bet on it. Here's the story of how our use of Ember has changed as it has evolved. "Our growth is not just in our office, but growth in customers, revenue, people, dinners, lunches, lines of code, bugs, features, tests, everything. A lot has changed in the last six years in all areas, but when it comes to technology, the web, JavaScript, there have been huge changes. The intercom has also changed enormously. Eight years ago it was founded by four co-founders from Ireland who wanted to Latest Mailing Database create something that would help people like them, product people, connect with their customers in a more personal way. And we've grown tremendously in those eight years – so we're now 600 people, five offices, and valued at over $1 billion. When I arrived we had this small office on Camden Street in Dublin, with a small kitchen, some office pods and three small meeting rooms. Our growth is not just in our office, but growth in customers, revenue, people, dinners, lunches, lines of code, bugs, features, tests, everything. The Web has also undergone profound changes. For example, we no longer need jQuery. There was a time when you couldn't do anything serious without jQuery. Non-standard browsers are gone and we are in a much better position right now. Frameworks have dramatically improved the capabilities of small teams to Latest Mailing Database produce amazing experiences for people in a very short time. JavaScript has also evolved massively and gradually. Classes, modules, cost, let, maps, sets, promises, proxies, sync wait, generators, much more. It has gone from a toy language maybe 15 years ago to a really serious and productive one. And compilers like TypeScript and Babel build on this to allow experimentation and adoption of potential features a little earlier. And it's a really healthy ecosystem right now. I don't think I've ever gotten tired of JavaScript, but it's something a lot of people no doubt have. It is difficult to navigate this change.
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