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The Thinking Elixir podcast is a weekly show where we talk about the Elixir programming language and the community around it. We cover news and interview guests to learn more about projects and developments in the community. Whether you are already experienced with Elixir or just exploring the language, this show is created with you in mind. We discuss community news, Functional Programming, transitioning from OOP, coding conventions, and more. Guests visit the show to help challenge our ass ...
 
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We talked with Spawnfest competitors Filipe Cabaço & Joel Carlbark about their entry “Lively”. Lively was all about doing cool things with Ecto in Livebook. The project, later renamed to KinoEcto does 4 cool things around Ecto in Livebook. It builds Entity Relationship diagrams from the Ecto Schemas in your Elixir project. It can visualize the dens…
 
As software developers, there are many different types of companies we can work at. We met up with the Elixir Wizards crew to learn more about working at a Software Agency like SmartLogic. We compare what this is like vs working at a product company. Of course, we take the opportunity to learn more about Sundi Myint and Owen Bickford, their journey…
 
While hearing how Elixir is being used in the Royal Bank of Canada's Capital Markets, we learned a lot of extra things we didn't expect! Thanos Vassilakis, head of R&D in the CM group, explained how middle managers talk about “scaling” to mean hiring staff with the goal of using all of their budgets. Not the kind of scaling we typically think about…
 
We wanted to go deeper on the caching library Nebulex, so we visited with the creator, Carlos Bolaños, to learn what prompted its creation. Nebulex takes a couple unique approaches to things. It supports a decorator pattern to indicate that a function should be cached without having to write the boilerplate code for reading and writing to the cache…
 
Creator of the Ash Framework, Zach Daniel, shares how he feels Ecto is such a good tool, that people haven't built a modeling layer above it and end up using Ecto directly. Ash models a resource above Ecto, making it more expressive while supporting LiveView, REST, and GraphQL interfaces on top. While cutting boilerplate, a major goal builds in esc…
 
It’s important to learn safe coding practices. As developers, we want people to love our products and happily pay to use them. We also want to protect our services and users from hackers and information leaks. However, sometimes we unknowingly create vulnerabilities in our systems. One of the best ways to prevent problems is to train the team worki…
 
She started at the very beginning of her self-directed, non-traditional route to coding. She first had to learn to code. She worked, studied, and leaned on mentors and others until she reached the point of being hired for a full time job. What language did she tackle as that very first one? Elixir! We talked with Kimberly Johnson about how she did …
 
Localizing and personalizing an application is separate from the language used in the interface. Kip Cole explains how the mismatch of computers with the culture of our audience creates friction we may not even be aware of. In fact, our benign app may be unintentionally offensive to millions of people! Kip created the libraries ex_cldr, money and t…
 
Kat Marchán was the maintainer of NPM CLI for 5 years but now works at Microsoft on the VisualStudio product. Kat is passionate about Rust and uses Elixir and Phoenix to build a new Banchan Art site to serve artists. It helps connect artists with clients who want to commission custom artwork. The goal is to create a platform that does not exploit a…
 
Honoring a user's “right to be forgotten” is not only respectful, but it may be a legal requirement. Clément Quaresma joins us to share how their ecto_anon library helps us make a user anonymous. A naive approach at removing a user's data may corrupt our own database! We dig into how this library works, the problems it solves, and how it might be u…
 
A UI Storybook for Phoenix LiveView components? Christian Blavier joins to share what his team created and made OpenSource. The project was even mentioned during Chris McCord's keynote as possibly becoming part of the Phoenix project. We learn what a UI Storybook is, how it works in a project, and how it helps teams and individuals maintain consist…
 
In episode 110, we talked about, and rejected, the argument for the “End of Localhost Development”. Carter Bryden joins us to share a perspective from the other side, one in favor of remote development. We learn about the benefits to contractors, PR reviews, giving demos, and how containerizing our development environment even improves local develo…
 
ElixirConf US 2022 just finished! We cover the big announcements, talk highlights, and other relevant tech news. We discuss what some of these big announcements and projects represent and what they might mean for the Elixir community going forward. We talk about the Elixir 1.14 release, Livebook advances, Phoenix 1.7, machine learning progress, and…
 
We cover the news and look forward to ElixirConf US which is about to start! We talk about breaking changes that somehow manage to not break things, why Cade is excited by time series databases, and the announcements and conference activities we're looking forward to. Show Notes online - http://podcast.thinkingelixir.com/114 Elixir Community News h…
 
Livebook Desktop is a recent project that makes it much easier for people to start using Elixir and Livebook. Wojtek Mach joins us to explain what Livebook Desktop is and how it works. We learn who the project is for and the problems it helps solve. We ask if this approach makes sense for other projects and how to get started. Wojtek also shares so…
 
Google Chrome extension that displays a LiveView and integrates with a web page like Gmail? Steve Bussey shares how he did just that! We learn how it worked, why he did it, the benefits he sees, and how this differs from the conventional approach. He explains the small JS shim used, recommends a library to help when integrating with Gmail and he ex…
 
Ever wanted to deploy a PR to a temporary server for show-and-tell, QA testing, or to get feedback on it? Jason Axelson joins us to share how he did that on Render.com. We explore how it can be done on other platforms like Fly.io as well. We talk about how this ability benefits teams and companies. We dig into how setting up a seeded DB for the cod…
 
Some people excitedly talk about the “end of localhost development” when developer machines move to the cloud. Presumably this is better because our environments, infrastructure and projects are so complex that they need this additional layer of abstraction just to keep teams productive. Is this our inevitable future? Or is this trying to solve the…
 
A new library in the Nx ecosystem under active development is called NxSignal by Paulo Valente. We talk with Paulo to learn what a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) is, how it works, and we touch on the kinds of problems it can solve. We learn about his involvement in Nx, where the library is going, and some unusual ways he's applied it. He also share…
 
We were surprised to see how well Elixir and Phoenix performed in the Stack Overflow survey results for 2022! Elixir came in as the #2 most loved language and Phoenix as the #1 most loved framework! And this was their first year appearing as official choices in the survey! We discuss what it means, what we can learn from it, how it compares to othe…
 
We caught up with Alex Koutmos, a co-host on an Elixir podcast, book author, and OpenSource library creator. We talk about some of his well known libraries like PromEx, but then go into some of his potentially lesser known ones like Doctor, Replug, Unplug, and MJML EEx. I'm happy to learn more about MJML EEx, an email formatting library for improve…
 
The SonicPi project has been letting people live code musical performances for years. Sam Aaron joins us to talk about the project and how Elixir is playing an increased role. The project uses multiple languages and frameworks, in fact, Joe Armstrong created the Erlang portion for handling the concurrent IO needs. We talk about where the project is…
 
We learn about Plausible Analytics, a privacy respecting alternative to Google Analytics that is cloud or self-hostable, OpenSource and written in Elixir! Uku Taht shares how he founded the company, the mission he is on, and what he prioritizes. The company practices a “transparent by default” approach. This means they share a lot about what’s goin…
 
Chris Grainger explains Explorer, Nx's recent addition. It's a “Data Frame” library which sounds far more nebulous than it is. It lets us explore and manipulate two-dimensional data like we already do with DB tables, spreadsheets, CSV files, etc. Only this works in memory, is faster, and has predefined functions that make it very powerful. Explorer…
 
James Arthur shares his project Vaxine.io, an Elixir layer built on top of a CRDT based distributed Erlang database called Antidote DB. We cover what CRDTs are and introduce how they work. We learn more about Antidote DB, the CURE protocol and especially the Vaxine.io project that adds Ecto types and makes it more approachable to Elixir application…
 
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