Elixir: The Power of Erlang, the Joy of Ruby – Dave Thomas

By Erlang Central | Published: October 7, 2014

I’m a language nut. I love trying them out, and I love thinking about their design and implementation. (I know, it’s sad.)

I came across Ruby in 1998 because I was an avid reader of comp.lang.misc (ask your parents). I downloaded it, compiled it, and fell in love. As with any time you fall in love, it’s difficult to explain why. It just worked the way I work, and it had enough depth to keep me interested.

Fast forward 15 years. All that time I’d been looking for something new that gave me the same feeling. Then I came across Elixir, a language by José Valim, that puts a humane, Ruby-like syntax on the Erlang VM.

Now I’m dangerous. I want other people to see just how great this is. I want to evangelize. So come along and let me show you the things that I think make Elixir a serious alternative for writing highly reliable, scalable, and performant server code.

And, more important, let me show you some fun stuff.

-Prag Dave Thomas

This presentation was recorded at GOTO Chicago 2014

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