Thinking Elixir Podcast

News and interviews for the Elixir community

About the show

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

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  • 71: LiveView and the 7-GUI Tasks with German Velasco

    November 2nd, 2021  |  52 mins 3 secs

    We catch up with German Velasco then talk about how he learned of the 7-GUI Tasks online challenge and how he wanted to see how LiveView could approach it. We talk about his ElixirConf presentation and how the idea of modeling state impacted his soluti...

  • 70: PardallMarkdown with Alfred Reinold Baudisch

    October 26th, 2021  |  40 mins 37 secs

    After a big news section, we talk with Alfred Reinold Baudisch about his project PardallMarkdown. It's a reactive Elixir server that reads markdown files, compiles them to HTML, stores them in an ETS table, and serves them up.

  • 69: Elixir on Mobile with Dominic Letz

    October 19th, 2021  |  46 mins 3 secs

    We talk with Dominic Letz about running Elixir on an Android phone installed in an APK which hosts a LiveView application accessed through a WebView! All while also pursuing a Web 3.0 architecture of being decentralized! Wow!

  • 68: Rust and Elixir with Nik Begley

    October 12th, 2021  |  40 mins 31 secs

    We talk with Niklas Begley about his Doctave service and the problems it's solving. From there we cover why they use Rust for a key piece of the service and how Elixir fits in. We cover tools like Rustler for integrating Elixir and Rust smoothly.

  • 67: Building a Healthy Community

    October 5th, 2021  |  40 mins 28 secs

    We talk about ways we can all contribute to building a healthy Elixir community. The Elixir community is a welcoming, encouraging and helpful place and we want to help keep it that way! We talk about common problems facing maintainers,

  • 66: Tracing Production with Kai Wern Choong

    September 28th, 2021  |  39 mins 25 secs

    We talk with Kai Wern Choong about his experience with tracing performance problems in production. We talk about what “tracing” means in a BEAM system, available tools like recon, great resources for learning how the tools work and general approaches f...

  • 65: Meet Core Team Member Aleksei Magusev

    September 21st, 2021  |  47 mins 31 secs

    We talk with Elixir Core Team Member Aleksei Magusev about how he got involved in Elixir, what it’s like being on the Core Team, some of his contributions, areas in Elixir that interest him, and his tips for learning a new programming language!

  • 64: OTP Certificate Woes with Bram Verburg

    September 14th, 2021  |  42 mins 52 secs

    We talk with Bram Verburg about an important root certificate expiring at the end of September and how this impacts your Elixir and Erlang projects! Bram helps explain where this IS and IS NOT a problem. He also explains the different update options av...

  • 63: SMS Texting in Nerves with Peter Ullrich

    September 7th, 2021  |  43 mins 33 secs

    We talk with Peter Ullrich about his experience sending SMS messages from a Raspberry Pi Zero using Nerves. We cover what went well, what didn’t and get a glimpse into the current state of Nerves for a newbie when dealing with hardware.

  • 62: Chris McCord joins and Phoenix 1.6

    August 31st, 2021  |  56 mins 57 secs

    We talk with Chris McCord about his recent announcement that he’s moved to work at! We cover what this means for the Phoenix project and ongoing Phoenix development work. He shares why he’s excited about the Fly platform which includes how it re...

  • 61: Elixir's Recent Brex-it

    August 24th, 2021  |  30 mins 32 secs

    We cover the news then talk about the Brex announcement that they are shifting to a Kotlin-first strategy over Elixir. This reminds us of patterns we’ve seen in our careers and we reflect on what it means to us personally and professionally.

  • 60: Compile Faster with Marc-André Lafortune

    August 17th, 2021  |  43 mins 2 secs

    We talk with Marc-André Lafortune about reducing Elixir project compile times. On larger projects, when a single file like a view template is changed and over 100 files get recompiled, there is something wrong.