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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Fernando Mendes https://mendes.codes

I'm a backend developer currently working with Elixir (and Ruby at times!). I've always been a huge fan of functional programming and the elegant syntax, performance and knack for distributed systems has made it my favorite language.
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Gabriele Lana https://github.com/gabrielelana

Software craftsman, clean code disciple, Elixir/Erlang, Elm, Ruby, Rust, JavaScript, quantified self geek, Emacs all the things, 20 years on the field and still love it.
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Abhyudit Jain GitHub

I've been working with mostly JavaScript professionally and do some personal projects in Elixir. I love the whole philosophy of Erlang/Elixir's `Let it crash`. I love all the abstactions it provides in OTP.
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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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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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Mats Alritzson https://github.com/enmasse

I believe that functional programming is the future, and that Elixir and BEAM VM is a part of it.
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.

Sieve
medium
enumeration
math
Binary Search Tree
easy
algorithms
trees
Accumulate
easy
recursion
reduce
Grains
easy
recursion
reduce
Meetup
medium
time
calendar
pattern matching
Beer Song
easy
recursion
pattern matching
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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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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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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