Adyen Tech Radar: engineer's autonomy to the next level
A short walk-through of why and how Preactjs came to be adopted as the tooling to develop some SDKs offered on our platform.
Would you use a chainsaw to cut through a sheet of paper? Or scissors to cut metal? Choosing the right tooling is essential to deliver quality products and seamless user experience.
We always look to deliver the best product and developer experience, here we share some of the reasons why these teams chose to adopt this tool to build some of our key products. First, let’s give some context with history.
Change is the most constant thing but change without reason is mostly redundant. As with all things in Adyen we are guided by our Formula and, for our engineering teams more specifically, the Adyen way of engineering. One key guide in our engineering formula is: “We embrace new technology when it has clear benefits.”
Historically, we had only just begun adopting ES6 across the board in 2017, so code here was written in ES5! Our developers still had to trudge through writing with ES5 specifications and syntax and weren’t enjoying relief from verbosity ES6 syntactic sugar brought. Also, because of the “build-in-house” approach, we were short on some of the advantages modern frameworks brought. Developers in these teams had to reinvent the wheel with most things that come with modern frameworks off the bat: managing state, deciding when to update the DOM, testing and even some community driven advantages like peer reviews on new features and issues.
You should start to see the problem here, the general developer experience was not attractive or pleasurable. Maintenance was not easy and onboarding had a learning curve that was quite steep.
Our search led us to Preact.js and we settled on it being the right tool for our specific use cases.
This was not without reason; Preactjs featured some advantages and clear benefits that we embraced. Some of them:
From our merchant’s perspective the switch was very seamless. The SDKs were easy to install with the NPM package manager, and because we had them built with a well-known tool, it made it easier for external developers to both understand and contribute to it.
Our decisions are always guided by our Adyen way of Engineering and our Formula. Right now, just like a paper cutter or pair of scissors to paper, we’ve found and use just the right tool for the right problem!
We are on the lookout for talented engineers and technical people to join us in pushing the boundaries of technology forward and fostering an open-source-first culture.
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