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The Thinking Elixir Podcast

Welcome to the Thinking Elixir Podcast! The show has weekly episodes where we talk about the Elixir programming language and community around it.

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 assumptions, learn about new developments and grow in the process.

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Recent Episodes

#017 JIT compiler for Beam with Lukas Larsson and John Högberg

October 13, 2020

We cover the news then talk with Lukas Larsson and John Högberg to learn about the new BeamAsm project that brings a JIT compiler to Erlang OTP and Elixir. This is a very exciting development for all Beam languages and they break down for us what it is, how it works, how it impacts us as Elixir developers, when to expect it, and they share insights into developing OTP. An episode you don’t want to miss!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/017-jit-compiler-for-beam-with-lukas-larsson-and-john-hogberg/

#016 Gleam, Games and Types with Quinn Wilton

October 6, 2020

We cover the news then talk with Quinn Wilton about Gleam, a static typed language on the BEAM and why Elixir devs should care about it. We learn about her Chip8 emulator that renders game ROMs to LiveView, what dynamic security analysis of web applications can look like today, static typing, library recommendations and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/016-gleam-games-and-types-with-quinn-wilton/

#015 Inside Elixir Radar with Hugo Baraúna

September 29, 2020

We cover the news then talk with Hugo Baraúna, the guy behind Elixir Radar, to get the inside scoop. Would you like to increase the chances of your blog post being featured by Elixir Radar? Hugo shares how! We also discuss his observations of Elixir adoption in companies, better understanding our own community, sustainability in OpenSource, his efforts to fund his time on Elixir Radar, and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/015-inside-elixir-radar-with-hugo-barauna/

#014 LiveView and Airtable with Ricardo Garcia Vega

September 22, 2020

Huge batch of new then we talk with Ricardo Garcia Vega about how he paired a Phoenix application with no database Repo to an Airtable backend to quickly solve a problem but without compromising on speed or reliability. Includes great discussion of ETS tables, GenServers for syncing a caching, LiveView for live updates, links to great resources, a github repo for doing it yourself and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/014-liveview-and-airtable-with-ricardo-garcia-vega/

#013 Video chat using LiveView with Jesse Herrick

September 15, 2020

We talk with Jesse Herrick about creating a video chat app using WebRTC and Phoenix LiveView. We cover the WebRTC protocol, how Phoenix helps, JS hooks, pushing events from the server and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/013-video-chat-using-liveview-with-jesse-herrick/

#012 All a Flutter over NIFs and Ports with Connor Rigby

September 8, 2020

We catch up with Connor Rigby and learn about his recent Flutter work for Nerves. We take this opportunity to get his perspective on when to choose NIFs or Ports for native integrations, how to make NIFs more portable, get a recommendation for multimedia processing and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/012-all-a-flutter-over-nifs-and-ports-with-connor-rigby/

#011 New Ecto features in 3.5 with Mike Binns

September 1, 2020

Learning about some new features coming in Ecto 3.5 from Mike Binns. Mike explains Ecto.Enum, what a ParameterizedType is, the new “redact” option on fields and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/011-new-ecto-features-in-3-5-with-mike-binns/

#010 Frontend vs Backend and Business Value of LiveView

August 25, 2020

News and discussion about why the talk of “Frontend vs Backend” is wrong, Single Page Apps, seeing the business value of LiveView, and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/010-frontend-vs-backend-and-business-value-of-liveview/

#009 Decomposing models with Maciej Kaszubowski

August 18, 2020

Decomposing models based on lifecycle with Maciej Kaszubowski. He shares tips on finding the lines, how DDD can help, ideas for modular designs, simple ways to start a PubSub architecture, avoiding “donkey code” and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/009-decomposing-models-with-maciej-kaszubowski/

#008 Careers and Dev Environments

August 11, 2020

We discuss career development as programmers, how COVID may change things, our dev setups including editors, resources, asdf, docker, and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/008-careers-and-dev-environments/

#007 Background Jobs with Miguel Palhas

August 4, 2020

We talk with Miguel Palhas about lessons learned while working with background jobs in production systems. He shares some tips he’s learned through experience. We share other mistakes made and what we learn from them.…

#006 Elixir at FontAwesome with Rob Madole

July 28, 2020

FontAwesome, the internet’s most popular icon toolkit, uses Elixir behind the scenes. We talk with Rob Madole to learn how they got there and Rob shares insights to what goes on behind-the-scenes. We cover how…

#005 Learning Elixir with Ricardo Trindade

July 21, 2020

We talk with Ricardo Trindade about learning Elixir and GraphQL. We discuss learning on personal interest projects, GraphQL vs REST, executing Ruby or Python from Elixir, helpful learning resources and much more!

Show Notes online – https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/005-learning-elixir-with-ricardo-trindade/

#004 ElixirConf 2020 with Jim Freeze

July 14, 2020

ElixirConf US 2020 was announced! This will be our first virtual one. We talk with the organizer Dr. Jim Freeze to get the behind the scenes information on how it will work. We cover the…

#003 Elixir 1.11 Preview with Wojtek Mach

July 7, 2020

Elixir 1.11 is shaping up to be a huge release with a number of “big deal” features. We are joined by Wojtek Mach to help us understand the significance of some of the new features.…

#002 REST vs GraphQL with Ben Wilson

June 30, 2020

REST Controllers vs GraphQL. You’ve probably heard of GraphQL but maybe you haven’t played with it yet. We talk with Ben Wilson, co-creator of Absinthe, a GraphQL library for Elixir and the book Craft GraphQL…

#001 News and Meet the Hosts

June 17, 2020

Welcome to the Thinking Elixir Podcast! My name is Mark Ericksen. This is our first official episode together. We cover the community news and introduce ourselves. Subscribe in your favorite podcast player and join us!…

#000 Coming Soon

May 26, 2020

Welcome to the Thinking Elixir Podcast! My name is Mark Ericksen. This is just to announce the launching of the new show. The Thinking Elixir podcast is a weekly show where we talk about the Elixir programming language and the community around it.