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  • Published: 6 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781718501188
  • Imprint: No Starch
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 248
  • RRP: $37.00

Kill It with Fire

Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)



The Legacy Apocalypse is upon us and business, community, and political leaders at all levels need this timely and thoughtful book from a superstar in the field. Aging computer systems present complex technical challenges for organizations both large and small, and Kill It with Fire provides sound strategies for spearheading modernization efforts.

Kill It with Fire chronicles the challenges of dealing with aging computer systems, along with sound modernization strategies.

How to survive a legacy apocalypse

“Kill it with fire,” the typical first reaction to a legacy system falling into obsolescence, is a knee-jerk approach that often burns through tons of money and time only to result in a less efficient solution. This book offers a far more forgiving modernization framework, laying out smart value-add strategies and proven techniques that work equally well for ancient systems and brand-new ones.

Renowned for restoring some of the world’s oldest, messiest computer networks to operational excellence, software engineering expert Marianne Bellotti distills key lessons and insights from her experience into practical, research-backed guidance to help you determine when and how to modernize. With witty, engaging prose, Bellotti explains why new doesn’t always mean better, weaving in illuminating case studies and anecdotes from her work in the field.

You’ll learn:
• Where to focus your maintenance efforts for maximum impact and value
• How to pick the right modernization solutions for your specific needs and keep your plans on track
• How to assess whether your migrations will add value before you invest in them
• What to consider before moving data to the cloud
• How to determine when a project is finished

Packed with resources, exercises, and flexible frameworks for organizations of all ages and sizes, Kill It with Fire will give you a vested interest in your technology’s future.

  • Published: 6 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781718501188
  • Imprint: No Starch
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 248
  • RRP: $37.00

Praise for Kill It with Fire

"Modernizing legacy systems is an increasingly common task for software developers. Kill It with Fire guides you through the ins and outs of these endeavors in an engaging way, diving into both the technical and social aspects that are crucial to making you successful when undertaking modernization projects." –Damian Schenkelman, Principal Engineer, Auth0

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