John Bohn

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Starting to Learn Elixir

It’s been a long time since I’ve really dug into a new programming language. I think it’s probably been about two years. That is way too long. I don’t necessarily feel like I’m getting stale, but I want to at least get back on track with learning one programming language per year. This year, is going to be the year of Elixir.

So what is Elixir and why did I choose it? Elixir is described on it’s website as follows:

Elixir is a functional, meta-programming aware language built on top of the Erlang VM. It is a dynamic language that focuses on tooling to leverage Erlang’s abilities to build concurrent, distributed and fault-tolerant applications with hot code upgrades.

Besides getting back on track with learning a programming language a year, I really want to learn a functional programming language soup to nuts. I know a few of the concepts and have played around a bunch, but I have yet to really dig in all the way and build anything of any real use.

Here are few more reasons:

  • There are a few projects that I’ll be making this year that sound like the could be a good fit for Elixir (given what I’ve heard).
  • Modern tooling that sits on the Erlang VM. Gives me an opportunity to understand the Erlang VM while also write code in a language I’m likely to enjoy and use.

I’ll post more about it as a go. For now, I’m just looking forward to learning something new.

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