Tech & Development

Inside the Engine Room: How Trupropel Upgrades Its Tech Stack

As an engineer with Trupropel, one of the aspects I cherish most about our workflow is our proactive approach to embracing new technologies. Let me unpack our strategies to stay ahead of the tech curve.

1. Curating a Culture of Learning

At Trupropel, we believe our most potent code isn't written in an IDE—it's in our DNA.

Internal Bootcamps: Periodic bootcamps introduce emerging technologies, ensuring we're both aware and adept.

Hackathons: These marathon coding sessions often revolve around new tech, encouraging hands-on exploration in a dynamic environment.

Open Source Contributions: Engaging with the open-source community lets us gauge new tech trends firsthand and assess their real-world application potential.

2. Tuned Into the Tech Ecosystem

Automated Alerts: Our Slack channels buzz with notifications from platforms like Hacker News and GitHub, ensuring we're the first to know.

Monthly Tech Roundtables: Think of them as a peer review for tech trends—a forum to discuss and dissect emerging tech.

3. Infusing Agility into Tech Adoption

Iterative Tech Pilots: Before going all in, we run small pilots, allowing for a more thorough vetting process.

Feedback Mechanisms: Engineers’ experiences and insights directly influence tech decisions, ensuring practicality aligns with innovation.

4. Forward-Thinking Architecture

Modular Codebases: Our modular approach ensures smoother integration when we decide to adopt a new tech component.

Tech Watch List: We pay close attention to this curated list, where engineers spotlight promising tech, fostering collective awareness and enthusiasm.

5. Collaborative Outreach

Beta Engagements: Early access to tools via vendor partnerships offers a front-row seat to innovation.

Conferencing: By actively participating in global tech conferences, we get a broader view of industry shifts, ensuring we’re never in a tech echo chamber.

6. Decoding the Integration of New Libraries/Frameworks

When it comes to onboarding new tech, our decision isn’t a mere ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It's an intricate process:

Peer Reviews: Before integrating, we have extensive discussions, almost akin to a code review, but for frameworks and libraries.

Compatibility Checks: How well does this new tool gel with our existing stack? Is integration smooth, or is it more of a hacky workaround?

Performance Benchmarks: It’s not just about the new and shiny. The tech needs to perform under pressure, scaling as needed.

Active Community Checks: A vibrant community often signals strong support and a plethora of resources—a must-have for any tech we consider.

Security Audits: Ensuring the framework or library has a robust security record is paramount. We don't compromise here.

Longevity Indicators: We check for signs of sustained development and support, ensuring our tech choices have a future.

Licensing Compatibility: To avoid potential legal pitfalls, we ensure that the technology's licensing is in harmony with our projects.

Embracing new technology is more than just hopping on bandwagons. For us at Trupropel, it's a calibrated process, balancing innovation with prudence. Through this multifaceted approach, we ensure that our tech choices aren’t just current but also consequential.