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Elixir

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Elixir is a dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications. Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.
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About Elixir

defmodule HelloWorld do

  @doc """
  Greets the user by name, or by saying
  "Hello, World!" if no name is given
  """
  def hello(name \\ "World") do
    "Hello, #{name}!"
  end
end

Elixir, initially released in 2012, extends upon the already robust features of Erlang while also being easier for beginners to access, read, test, and write.

José Valim, the creator of Elixir, explains here how he built the language for applications to be:

  1. Distributed
  2. Fault-Tolerant
  3. Soft-Real-Time
  4. Hot-Code-Swapped (can introduce new code without stopping the server)

Elixir actually compiles down to bytecode and then runs on the BEAM Erlang Virtual Machine.

There is no "conversion cost" for calling Erlang, meaning you can run Erlang code right next to Elixir code.

Being a functional language, everything in Elixir is an expression.

Elixir has "First Class Documentation" meaning comments can be attached to a function, making it easier to retrieve.

Regular expressions are also given first class treatment, removing awkward escaping within strings.

Elixir's asynchronous communication implementation allows the code to be lightweight, yet incorporate high-volume concurrency.

Programmers use Elixir to handle thousands of requests and responses concurrently on a single server node.

It has been used successfully for microservices that need to consume and serve a multitude of APIs rapidly.

The Phoenix framework helps structure Elixir applications for the web.

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Self-contained finite problems with which to learn the language

I have spent time with the Clojure, Elixir & Go tracks and all have been incredibly beneficial, providing self-contained finite problems with which to learn the language. The Go language track has been wonderful in introducing me to the language, what idiomatic code is, and the many different ways in which one can solve a problem.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

Meet the Elixir Track mentors

Once you join the Elixir language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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João Pedro de Carvalho https://github.com/sleepiejohn

I'm a Java guy during the days, Elixir and Rust by night, eager share ideas and take other's critics because there is no wrong question.
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Paul Otto https://github.com/potto007

I love Elixir for its pragmatic approach to functional programming, its small syntax, and its macro language. OTP on the BEAM (ErlangVM) is beautiful. I have professionally written and deployed networked software with Elixir.
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Angelika Tyborska angelika.me

Working with Elixir since 2017. I love it for its elegant syntax, great performance, pattern matching, and immutability.
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Percy Grunwald

I have been writing Elixir for many years now and I find it a pleasure to write and read. Elixir is an extremely productive language with a beautiful syntax and has amazing performance for networked applications. I think it's an ideal choice for any web application or backend.
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Mechim Cook GitHub

I'm a backend developer with a passion for ELixir and am happy to help anyone I can!
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Adam Skołuda https://github.com/Skoda091

I am a cheerful guy who really enjoys programming, speaking and extending knowledge. I have been working commercially with Elixir since March 2017. I am thrilled to help.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Elixir exercises

These are a few of the 94 exercises on the Elixir track. You can see all the exercises here.

Simple Cipher
easy
encryption
string processing
Allergies
medium
binary operators
enumeration
Prime Factors
easy
recursion
pattern matching
math
Perfect Numbers
easy
pattern matching
enumeration
math
Beer Song
easy
recursion
pattern matching
Armstrong Numbers
easy
algorithms
math
Passionate. Knowledgeable. Creative.

Meet the Elixir Track maintainers

The Elixir Maintainers are the brains behind the Elixir Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

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Tim Austin

Exercism has been a great way for me to stay current and expand my developer experience in new areas. I am excited to be working with the elixir track, because I appreciate the clarity/idiomaticity of the elixir language. I want others to enjoy this track as much as I have.
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Devon Estes

@elixir-lang developer. Maintainer of @bencheeorg & the Elixir track at @exercism.
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Cohen Carlisle

I love Elixir for its productivity, elegant syntax, and functional nature. I've written it professionally and for fun. I hope to help people get excited about Elixir and learn some things myself, as well.

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