Change in schedule: We’re moving to the 4th Wednesday of the month in order to continue hosting our meetup at Puppet Labs. So this month we’ll so the month of September is rich with Elixir.
Earlier this month we attempted to make a parallelized version of the prime number finder, but we unfortunately didn’t get very far. Folks got a bit hung up on the application structure and the way Elixir specifies supervisors, so we’ll take another whack at it with a similar problem and cut back the complexity a bit so we can start to use some of the distributed computing features Elixir provides as a consequence of being built on the same great distributed framework technology as Erlang.
For the newcomers, the “Games” format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike. If you’d like to take a look at the previous sessions’ exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.
Early in this series we’ll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we’ll move more and more toward Elixir’s differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.
If all that read like gibberish to you, don’t worry you don’t have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we’ll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.
Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.
Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.
Special thanks to my friends Jeff Weiss, Russell Mull and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.