Dear Rubyist: Elixir with Love

An Elixir Conference Driven by Inclusion

Paul Wilson
Nov 3, 2017 · 2 min read
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illustration: Tara Lojko at Vermonster

Vermonster is a proud sponsor of the conference Elixir with Love, that will take place next week on Friday, November 10th.

Elixir, only six years old, is a language that has received a lot of attention. Elixir is built on top of a language called Erlang: a vetted, decades-old language relied on by half of all telecom networks and used by companies like Amazon, Yahoo, and Facebook. Why? Because Erlang is known for running low-latency, distributed, and fault-tolerant systems. What this means is that it can handle hundreds of thousands of concurrent threads at scale with no downtime.

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Elixir builds on all the strengths of Erlang but has capitalized on the same philosophies that make Ruby successful: developer happiness, dynamic typing, and an intuitive interactive shell. Thanks to Erlang, the language embeds a functional paradigm into the developer ecosystem, preferring recursion over looping, avoiding side effects, and baking in concurrent, distributed computation.

The hardest question isn’t “why learn Elixir”, but “why not learn Elixir?”

Elixir with Love is the first Elixir conference centered around community-building and inclusivity. This conference will provide space for new Elixirists to connect in positive and inclusive ways, bringing awareness to how we build language communities in the larger technical industry.

The full day conference features 13 speakers that will introduce participants to the most exciting aspects of the Elixir ecosystem. Talks cover everything from inclusivity and community to embedded software in the Nerves framework and concurrency via Erlang and OTP.

The conference will take place in the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island on November 10, 2017. To register and find out more, go to the Elixir with Love and use the discount code VERMONSTER-BLOG to receive 25% off admission.


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