Charles Max Wood
Today we talk with Wojtek Mach from Dashbit, about the Livebook Desktop app, a tool for writing interactive and collaborative code notebooks. Dashbit primarily works with clients, helping companies adopt and run Elixir. We talk about the history of how Livebook came to be, and the challenges of developing for desktop apps. We also get a sneak peak into what is coming soon.
With day-to-day development, it is vital to ensure our workflows are optimized and that developer time is utilized efficiently. Today on the show, Szymon Soppa shares about what we should do with our Elixir CIs to ensure this optimization and developer efficiencies are maximized for production.
Today we talk with Louis Pilfold, an ex-elixir/Lang developer. Since 2018, Louis has been working on Gleam, and hesitantly admits to being its author. This statically typed language that runs on Erlang virtual machine and draws its inspiration from several other languages. With Gleam gaining a lot of traction, it’s definitely worth a look into this up and coming gem.
In this episode of the Mix the panelists talk about Seniority. They lay out their own personal journeys towards getting a senior title and how they define seniority for themselves - especially how it goes beyond the ability to write code well.
In today’s all-panelist episode, we take a shot at demystify domain-driven design. We discuss several books and some concepts that stand out in those texts. How easy or hard do Elixir and Phoenix make it to apply DDD principles? We give our experience with taking these concepts and putting them into practice, and give some tips and resources for getting started.
Today Adi, one of our hosts and the hiring manager at Elixir, talks about the intricacies of applying for a job, and what companies to search out. We talk about the expectations for the applicant, and how to prepare. We also talk about what you can look for the employer to provide before spending too much of your time in the interview process. Walking through various interview processes, we learn what things can help you land the job you want.
In this episode the panel talks to Danny Hawkins - CTO at Quiqup - and his team's journey at Quiqup with Elixir. Danny explains how some of the first things Quiqup built were using Elixir and how they then left Elixir behind in favor of TypeScript, only to come back to Elixir.
Today we talk with Abul Asar Sayyad, a software engineer from Mumbai, India. Working for ID Plans, a commercial property management solution. We discuss his blog article about combining GraphQL with LiveView for rendering on the front end. We also dive into GraphQL libraries, working with LiveView, and testing.
In this episode Adi and Sascha dig deeper into what it means to consume and build APIs in Elixir and how a RESTful approach compares to choosing GraphQL as your weapon of choice. Along the way they discuss common pitfalls when building APIs (spoiler: one is caching), how to test all of this, and what their personal preferences and experiences are in creating APIs in Elixir.
Bad documentation wastes time, costs real money, and makes developers unproductive. Documentation might be bad because it is flat-out wrong (typos, references to an older version, etc.), but more often documentation is bad when it fails to tell us what we need to know. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste because you failed to communicate what your software is or how to use it. Today on the show, Everett Griffiths shares his insights on how to approach documentation simply and effectively.
In this week’s all-panelist episode, Sascha and Allen tackle the topic of concurrency on The Beam. They discuss parallelism, some things to do and some not to do, and some of the questions and issues that arise.
David van Leeuwen joins the show to share his perspective about error handling with Phoenix’ LiveView form and keeping implementations that are used to render an input as simple as possible. He also discusses his career progressions with Elixir and other various languages, plus why and how he built his latest project, Mave.io.
In this episode Simon Zelazny joins the mix to talk about his experience in scaling an Elixir and Phython based service to meet a once-in-a-blue-moon demand scenario. The panel and him discuss the challenges in finding the relevant bottlenecks in non-trivial software systems - and BEAM applications in particular - and what options there are to fix those.
In this episode the panel talks to Robert Ellen and his experience with using macros in Elixir to get rid of some repetitive boilerplate code. They discuss common pitfalls when first diving into macros and resources which help to avoid these mistakes.
Today we have special guest Qiu Hua join us. Currently located in Canada, he is a back-end software developer for e-commerce company Zubale, which focusses on retail applications for countries in Central and South America. We discuss his presentation titled Managing Business Rules In Elixir Applications, and his work to extract business rules out of code and easily enable changes to those rules. We also discuss the his Formular server and its upcoming features.
In this all-panelist episode we discuss the promises of the BEAM, and how these hold up in reality. Is the BEAM truly resilient? Allen, Sascha and Adi discuss their experiences using the BEAM, how it compares to other options, and discuss why Elixir isn’t a more prominent technology.
Nato Boram joins the show to share how to publish static GitHub pages of your documentation using GitHub actions. Allen and Nathan also discuss Elixir compared to other languages, functional ways of programming, and the “let it crash” philosophy. Finally, they end the show with ideas on how Elixir can become a better language.
Tobi Pfeiffer, creator of Benchee, joins the show to share his perspective on benchmarking and Elixir integrations. The hosts start by bantering with Tobi about the Elixir community, deeming it less inviting compared to other language communities. Tobi then shares his career progression, how he landed in the Elixir ecosystem, and why he created Benchee. Finally, the panel debates the future for Elixir and share their wish list features for Elixir 2.0.
In this Episode we talk with Chase Granberry of Supabase discussing the role of Elixir and other languages at the company. Upcoming developments and potential directions that the company may take.
Eric Sullivan joins the mix to discuss Project Severus. He started out with greeting carts and it grew into a way of sharing and keeping up on contact information. He dives into how it works and then into the technical details of how he build it. This is an interesting discussion about the architecture and design of the system.
In this episode the panel chats with Cory o’Daniel which is one of the founders of massdriver.cloud where they try to give teams the tools to deploy production-ready, best-practice, and secure cloud infrastructure.
In this episode Koen van Gilst joins the mix to share his experience learning Elixir and LiveView as a mainly frontend developer. The panel then discusses the evolution of LiveView since it’s announcement and how it’s incorporating ideas from the frontend world to simplify building complex UIs, such as components. The episode closes with the panel’s perspective on how we specialize as software developers and that we can learn a lot from other by moving closer together.
In this episode the panel talks to Thomas Kunnumpurath about how to build event-driven systems in Elixir and what tradeoffs different approaches have. The panel probes Thomas - who is a relative newcomer to Elixir but well versed in building event-based systems - on his experience with various event brokers and compares how using an event broker differs from using the BEAMs built-in distribution mechanisms. Additionally the panel provides some insight into the BEAM’s history and for which context the BEAM’s distribution mechanisms were optimized. At the end Thomas asks the panel for some suggestions on how he can continue his BEAM journey with more advanced learning material.
In this episode the panel talks with Adolfo Neto who went out to learn Erlang during last year’s “Advent of Code”. He talks about his experience with the format, compares it against using a platform such as exercism.org - where mentors can give feedback - and how this shaped his perception of the onboarding experience of Erlang. The panel also discusses Adolfo’s involvement in the Erlang Ecosystem Foundation’s education working group and what they think Erlang - and Elixir - could do better to attract newcomers and make onboarding easier.