Here at Basecamp it’s no secret that we’re in it for the long haul. From investing in employee benefits to holding off on tossing out old apps to replace them with new ones. Everything is set up so that staying in it for a long time gets you the best results.

One of the things that’s most interesting to me at Basecamp is that we wear our legacy applications as a badge of honor. The very first Rails application ever built still exists as Basecamp Classic. That is the application Ruby on Rails was both created for and born from. It’s easy to forget the weight of that sometimes.

There is something very special about getting to work on the first Rails application. You can see how the Rails framework was built out of necessity and how it has since evolved over time. The Rails framework will continue to be guided by the real-world needs of our applications and now scores of others.