Programming Phoenix (Pragprog)

The Programming Phoenix book seems to be a great way to get a high-level overview of the framework and make good choices right out of the gate, but it looks the publication of the 1.3 version’s been pushed back again. Any recommendations as to whether I should wait or work through the old version in the meantime? Thanks!

For learning resource Programming Phoenix is great. I really loved it.

Once you go though the book with all the examples + explanations I suggest you go directly with 1.3. You wouldn’t lose too much and you can understand the basic concepts about phoenix just with the old book.

How do you know it’s been pushed back?

Chris said it should be ready around the end of the year:

I may have brought it up:

PragProg is listing a release date of 2018-Jun-10.

Hopefully the site is wrong and Chris can put our minds at rest :lol:

Coming Up Next:
Programming Phoenix ≥ 1.4: Productive |> Reliable |> Fast, in beta

It’s not in beta yet … but it’s coming

To manage expectations:

  • Build Reactive Web Sites with RxJS: Master Observables and Wrangle Events, in beta
  • Docker for Rails Developers: Build, Ship, and Run Your Applications Everywhere, in beta

were first listed end of February here

Docker for Rails Developers went beta today while Build Reactive Web Sites with RxJS: Master Observables and Wrangle Events is still on the list.

So it doesn’t mean next week


Any news on beta or early access to this book?


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You just have to know where to look:

Beta now available for purchase from pragprog.

Check for the 80% off coupon if you purchased the previous version from pragprog.
(on the “my_account” page, below “Bookshelf” but above “Order Details”)


Perfect timing! Can’t wait to start reading it.


Great news!

I think I will start reading it after finishing Learn Functional Programming with Elixir (Pragprog) :003:


I’ve just started reading this but wanted to quickly say that the preface and opening chapter (everything up to the beginning of ‘Part 1’) is not only one of the best openings of any book I’ve read, but also does one of the best jobs to sell the idea of a piece of technology - ever!!

I was going to suggest PragProg consider making it a free download - because I reckon it will do a phenomenal job of helping drive adoption of Elixir and Phoenix …which in turn will mean significantly more potential customers/readers - so a win win for everyone :003: but guess what? It’s already available as a free download!! (Get the preface here and the introductory chapter here.)

Well done Chris, José, Bruce, Jacquelyn, PragProg and anyone else who made that chapter what it is :023: whenever anyone now asks “Why Elixir?” I’ll definitely be including this resource and I can’t wait to read to the rest of the book!


Programming Phoenix 1.4 (eBook) has recently been updated.

Changes in This Release

  • We added a new chapter: Chapter 8, Testing MVC. This chapter completes part 1 of the book. We’ll circle back and address new features that readers identify as important but for now we’ll move on toward addressing channels.
  • Addressed errata. Thanks for all of your help and keep them coming!

You literally just beat me to it :003:

Anyone know if there is a log of changes? I’d love to know if anything I have read so far has been changed.

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Another nice update!


I love the intro “Don’t accept the compromise between fast and beautiful: you can have it all.”


Hi @chrismccord would you please add a chapter on Phoenix LiveView to the book Programming Phoenix 1.4?
If you make it the last chapter and convert all the JavaScript used in Rumbl into the Phoenix LiveView(s), that will make much sense.
Rumbl will already be completed, so if someone don’t wanna use LiveView, s/he will already be done, but if someone want to use LiveView s/he will read the last chapter too.
Or you can also release a separate booklet on Phoenix LiveView, doing the same (rewriting all the JavaScript used in Rumbl, to LiveView)


I agree that having a chapter on LiveView would be spectacular :003:

I think LiveView is going to be one of Phoenix’s killer features, and it being covered in the de-facto Phoenix book would be awesome (even if to begin with it is just enough to get people productive with it).


LiveView definitely won’t make it into the book given we are shipping the final three chapters and sending it off to production hopefully before end of year, which will be prior to a LiveView 1.0 for sure. Fortunately though, we have a great doc system with elixir and hexdocs so there will be plenty of docs/guides as we get underway.


What if you write a booklet (e.g., a small 10 to 20 pages booklet) and rewrite the JavaScript part of Rumbl in LiveView, and release it from the Pragmatic Bookshelf? I’ll happily buy it.

And thank you for creating Phoenix and now LiveView!


I’ve just tried to submit the following via PragProg’s errata page but it seems to be down… if anyone succeeds in submitting anything please also submit this (or please let us know when their system is back up)

Page 49 on the PDF version:

The view modules infer their template locations from the view module name. In our example, our Rumbl.UserView would look for templates in the web/templates/user/ directory.


Rumbl.UserView to RumblWeb.UserView

web/templates/user/ to rumbl_web/templates/user/