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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Yauheni Tsiarokhin

functional programming enthusiast
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Paulo Gonzalez https://github.com/pdgonzalez872

I'm transitioning to using Elixir full time. I try to use it as much as I can on my free time as well. I'm excited to mentor folks starting out and can hopefully learn new things as well!
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Yeong Sheng, Tan https://github.com/yeongsheng-tan

I chanced upon Elixir back in early 2014 when we were looking out for a replacement stack that is as pleasant and productive to work in as Ruby, while giving us the reliability and fault-tolerance of Erlang, without having to add too much external dependencies to scale out our Ruby stack product.
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Ken Cross blog

Enjoy learning and teaching topics in functional programming and mathematics as it relates to distributed systems, category theory, graph theory, and computer science at large.
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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.
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Maykell Sánchez Romero kellsaro

Enjoy learning and teaching programming languages. Web development enthusiast.
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.

Bracket Push

easy
algorithms
reduce
enumeration

Tournament

medium
formatting
sorting
string processing

Alphametics

medium
algorithms
backtracking
strings

Triangle

easy
algorithms

Crypto Square

medium
encryption
algorithms

Custom Set

medium
collections
enumeration

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