I work for an organization with one developer (me) and one DBA. When I started, the previous developer had developed applications that had bad architectural practices and it was getting and more time consuming after a couple of years to add features, fix bugs as the story usually goes.
I came in and started re-writing a couple of apps from scratch. Now being the only developer, it's taking me quite a while to stick with TDD, do good UX, good architectural principles, create common libraries for business logic as it's used by many applications, etc.
I'm wondering if in an environment like this it'd be more feasible to cut corners and churn out web applications (I'm not sure about desktop applications) with the intent of re-writing them every 2-3 years. I mean cutting corners in things like unit tests and architecture. I'd expect such applications to be hard to maintain over a long term, and that'd be ok, because we'd just rewrite from scratch and copy and paste any business logic we needed to carry forward - as long as the requirements, documentation, and the data modeling is solid.
Anybody see any pitfalls to this? I guess it wouldn't be good for my career in the long term, but from the organizational perspective, I think it makes sense. The pay is kind of low because they're constrained by budget (govt. job) and I think the developer wouldn't last more than 2 years. I'd really appreciate any insights.