Elixir in times of microservices

Since microservices have been a common topic lately, there are a lot of questions about how Elixir fits in microservice architectures. On this post, I won’t focus on the merits of microservices, as many have already discussed that to exhaustion. In particular, Martin Fowler’s entry on the topic aligns well with my thoughts and is … »

Adding MySQL support to Ecto

A few months ago, I started learning Elixir by reading and doing the exercises from Dave Thomas’ book ‘Programming Elixir’. I was having a lot of fun on it, but I was missing a real project to put my hands on. At that time, José Valim was in Brazil and I had the chance of … »

Elixir in production interview: Garth Hitchens

Elixir running in an embedded device A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to interview Garth Hitchens about his experience with shipping Elixir software. Garth manages a development team at Rose Point Navigation Systems. They’re using Elixir to develop embedded software for navigation devices for marine markets. Watch the video below or read the … »

Companies using Elixir in production

One of the common questions we usually hear from people starting their journey in Elixir is: “who else is using it?”. We ourselves know that more and more companies are already using Elixir in production, but that information is not easily accessible… yet. A few weeks ago we tweeted: Companies using #elixirlang in production, a … »

Introducing reducees

Elixir provides the concept of collections, which may be in-memory data structures, as well as events, I/O resources and more. Those collections are supported by the Enumerable protocol, which is an implementation of an abstraction we call “reducees”. In this article, we will outline the design decisions behind such abstraction, often exploring ideas from Haskell, … »

Nobody told me Minitest was this fun

Ever since I started working with Ruby I have been using RSpec to test my apps and gems without giving minitest much thought. Recently I started a new non-Rails project and decided to give Minitest a try just for the fun of it. Migrating from one tool to another was refreshingly fun due to the … »