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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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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Júlio Leitão GitHub

Enjoying the Functional Programming paradigm to solve problems and build solutions with quality, maintainability, and great code design. Elixir is one of the best options on the FP world.
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Alexis Brodeur https://github.com/brodeuralexis

I've been an avid Elixir user for over 2 years. It is the language I want to be using professionally. Everyone I know knows about my passion for Elixir, which is why they call me Alexir
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Sascha Wolf Website

Elixir made me realize that concurrency doesn't need to be hard. It's a great introduction to functional programming and a joy to write. I've been using it professionally since 2017, contributed to a number of libraries, and maintain some of my own.
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Juan Pablo Lorenzo GitHub

Elixir was my first step in functional programming and since I started I am very surprised with this language, its community and the incredible capabilities that Elixir has to improve software development.
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Aaron Milam GitHub

I have had an interest in functional programming for years, and Elixir has been my outlet for a while now. I love being able to program without hidden side effects, and I love the way functional programming changes the way you think about program flow.
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.

Secret Handshake
easy
binary representation
Rail Fence Cipher
medium
encryption
string processing
Allergies
medium
binary operators
enumeration
Sieve
medium
enumeration
math
Alphametics
medium
algorithms
backtracking
strings
Roman Numerals
easy
algorithms
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 and Elixir developer. Maintainer of @bencheeorg & the Elixir track at @exercism.
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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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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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