I don’t mean this as a click-bait flame war post… I really don’t.
I really want to love Elixir, and in most ways I do. However, in checking out several projects over the last year or so, I have run into a way of thinking that I find puzzling and I wonder sometimes if I really belong in the Elixir community with my lack of interest, knowledge or experience with Ruby/Rails.
Just the other day, I asked a library author how to use something and was told “it’s like how you do it in Rails”. OK… so if I have never used Rails, what is my frame of reference then? Also, it was on a project that is a re-write of a Ruby project. So I guess that’s another trend I am not keen on, unless there is substantial benefit from having it written in Elixir.
How do you feel about this? I feel like if I went to Github and asked a question about a project written in, say, Scala, I wouldn’t get told “do it like you do in…” what? Java? I feel like this Ruby-backed basis of understanding in Elixir is somewhat unique due to the history of Elixir.
Again, not that it’s a necessarily bad thing… I just feel somewhat “out of touch” on some Elixir topics and conversations due to not having any background in Ruby/Rails.
Or I could be totally inventing this…