Elixir makes me happy! Since 2007 I have been on the road sharing what bits I’ve learned about Erlang, the BEAM, and OTP. It was a fun, but Quixotic decade. Folks I met saw the power, but of those thousands maybe 20 became Erlang devs. Then José arrived with Elixir and everything changed; the barriers to adoption began vanishing and waves of Ruby, Node, and .NET devs poured onto the ErlangVM.
Elixir is accessible and the community is warm, but even seasoned devs encounter lots of new and unfamiliar things (FP, processes, BEAM, OTP). The “unknowns’ leave newcomers with a thirst, and this session is a 40-minute chug-a-lug at the Intro to Elixir” firehose. It will be fun, fast-paced, broad, and deep. Afterwards Elixir will seem even more special, the ecosystem will be illuminated, and you will have the “why, what, and how” knowledge to confidently continue your Elixir journey well-hydrated and without so many “unknown unknowns.”
In November I’ll be giving a 45-minute version of this talk at FunctionalConf Bangalore. Any suggestions on the best use of those extra few minutes? I’m thinking distribution and hot-code loading, but I’m open for other ideas.
Use the extra few minutes to bribe the speaker coming up next to donate their time to you!
Seriously though, my biggest issue with your talk was that you didn’t have enough time! Personally I could have easily listened to you for another 40+ minutes. You’re a good speaker and you explain things in a very easy (and fun) way for people to grok.