5 Strategies to improve software development workflow

It is difficult to come up with a plan when you find yourself in a dysfunctional environment. Everything is on fire and there is no time available. Tight deadlines, pressure, working overtime, unsatisfied customers, waste, and a whole lot of other chaotic stuff that piles up and makes it difficult to pick the most critical … »

Key points to consider when doing a software rewrite

The third post of Low Internal Software Quality series. As well as a big software refactor, a rewrite is not a simple thing either. After many years, we have gotten experience enough to point what you had better consider when planning and executing a rewrite process. Will the two platforms live together for some time … »

Key points to consider when doing a big software refactoring

The second post of Low Internal Software Quality series. Doing a big software refactor1 is not a simple thing. There are lots of points that you should think about, from planning and prioritizing to team motivation and execution. Understanding these points in a structured and clear way is part of the job. The good news … »

Understanding deps and applications in your Mixfile

Note: Elixir v1.4 has been released and improves on many points touched by this article. From v1.4, Elixir will automatically infer the list of applications based on your dependencies. For more information, read the official announcement. In my journey as a curious Elixir developer, I’ve come across this seemingly simple question a few times: which … »

Deploying Elixir applications with Edeliver

We’ve been talking about deploy and releases with Elixir lately, like how to run migrations on top of a release or how to deal with environment variables. Now it’s time to discover another tool that can help us release our Elixir application. After practicing deploy and tracing through nodes with Exrm, we got more comfortable … »

Beyond Functional Programming with Elixir and Erlang

I would like to add a slightly different perspective to functional programming in the Erlang VM: functional programming is not a goal in the Erlang VM. It is a means to an end. When designing the Erlang language and the Erlang VM, Joe, Mike and Robert did not aim to implement a functional programming language, … »