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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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.

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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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Sven Steinbauer https://github.com/Svenito

I'm a C++ and Python developer and am in the process of learning Elxir. I always feel that teaching is a great way to learn.
Avatar of João Pedro de Carvalho

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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Chris Eyre https://github.com/chriseyre2000

I'm a long-time full-stack web developer in a range of languages
Avatar of Norbert Melzer

Norbert Melzer My Blog

I found about elixir on exercism and thaught it were just another ruby, dropped it because I haven't had classes, read more about it, felt in love and cut off my relationship with ruby (nearly).
Avatar of Felipe Juárez Murillo

Felipe Juárez Murillo https://github.com/sohjiro

Software Developer at http://bunsan.io/ also I am a gamer currently playing SC2 and Clash Royale. I love beer, anime, manga, music my kids and my wife
Avatar of Olaoluwa Oluro

Olaoluwa Oluro https://github.com/ollaollu

I love Elixir because of it's explicitness and oh the pattern matching is amazing.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Elixir exercises

These are a few of the 92 exercises on the Elixir track. You can see all the exercises here.

Perfect Numbers
easy
pattern matching
enumeration
math
Bank Account
medium
otp
Say
easy
pattern matching
Run Length Encoding
easy
algorithms
strings
Scale Generator
medium
enumerations
string processing
Armstrong Numbers
easy
algorithms
math

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