Despite all that, the site did quite well. I can’t recall the total number of users I had on the site at the time I sold it to the Robot Co-op, but it was maybe a few thousand. And that was many more than I had ever expected. All in all, I considered the project a success.
The web development landscape has changed quite a bit since that time, and I have some new decisions to make, when it comes to how I’m going to put the site back together again. I suppose using Perl again is an option, but I’ve forgotten everything about that language.
I think for the second version (well, third, if you count Robot Co-op’s version) of the site, I’m going to split the front-end and the back-end into separate pieces. That’s how we build things at work and it seems to work well. So, given that, I needed to make a decision on which direction to go.
On the front-end, I was a bit less sure. I’ve already built a small React application, but at work I’ve primarily worked with Angular. At this point, I’d say I’m probably a bit more proficient with Angular, but I’d like to attempt a larger project with React. And then there’s also Vue.js, which looks interesting and has gained a lot of steam lately.
In the end, based on experience and ability to find online documentation and examples, I think I’m going to go with React for the front-end, and Rails for the back-end. I think I’ll be able to spin something up quicker with these than with any other technology.