Book recommendation for beginners

Hi guys,

I have some money to spare and want to by an introductory book about Elixir(I have already a previous experience with haskell, so FP it’s not foreign ground to me). I see there are quite a few alternatives:

  1. Elixir in Action by Sasa Juric
  2. Programming Elixir 1.6 by Dave Thomas
  3. The Little Elixir and OTP Guidebook by Tan Wei Hao

So which one do you recommend to begin with?


It is difficult to compare, because they are all excellent resources…

As a personal opinion, I would rate their difficulties from simplier to more difficult as 2, 1, 3

But it is just a personal taste. And the order I read them was 3, 1, 2. I took the hard way, just to understand first what OTP is all about.

Elixir in Action will soon be updated to latest version, You might consider waiting for the new release.

In doubt, read them all :slight_smile:

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If I could only pick one I’d go with Elixir in Action as it really gets into OTP. If you’re somewhat familiar with FP and other languages I think you’d get more about what makes BEAM different from that book. It is being updated to current Elixir, see here for more details What should I keep in mind if I'm using Elixir in Action today?

It’s always worth keeping an eye out for Manning deal of the days and discount codes

(Disclaimer I haven’t read the Little Elixir book so can’t say whether it’s worth picking up first or not).


The Little Elixir and OTP Guidebook focus more on OTP. That is why there is no introductory chapter on what is a list, what is a map kind of thing.

You start by implementing your own version of gen_server, supervisor, learning processes, monitors, links, then You go into poolboy architecture…

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I read PE and EIA concurrently and I highly recommend others do the same :003:

I haven’t read Ben’s book yet but I imagine you’d want to read that after learning the language fundamentals (so after those two books).

Here are my reviews:


Also for any beginners reading this, also check out:

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