Alex Antonov

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How I migrated SPA backend codebase from Rails to Phoenix

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Some time ago I developed a pretty simple SPA with Rails on backend & React.js on the front. It was pretty simple, but (surprisingly for me!) started to grow like on steroids. Rails started to be a bottleneck since one of the customer requirements was not just making application fast. He wanted it to be instant.

It’s not a big deal to buy a couple of servers. But 50 ms response isn’t enough for my client. So, I decided to rewrite backend on something else. After long thinking I chose elixir & phoenix.

I want to share this transition details with you - maybe you can find something interesting.

How to run both rails & elixir on the same address?

You have to run rails & phoenix on the same address to prevent battle with CORS.

I solved this by installing nginx locally & configuring it to serve few servers on the same address. /etc/nginx/conf.d/development.conf listing:

server {
  listen 80;
  server_name development.local;

  location / {
    proxy_pass; // rails server

  location /api {
    proxy_pass; // phoenix server; as you can notice, my rails server doesn't have even /api namespace - it was just a rapid prototype

restart nginx, add these lines to etc/hosts/:

# For elixir-to-rails transition development.local

and you can open http://development.local in your browser.