Last time we looked at Supervisor hierarchies, and unintentionally on my part almost everyone picked up the GenServer behavior as a component of their solution. Damnable misleading documentation! However that prompted a further conversation about GenServers and other components of OTP (the Open Telecom Platform). In the spirit of learning and disambiguating things we’ll take a deeper look at some of these architectural patterns in Elixir and how they can help us better organize our projects and design better systems.
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 and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.