Today's programming world is just like this epic battle scene, with so many different programming languages battling for top spot and every language pitching its strongest point, this eventually gets us to the question, finally which is the best ?
Sounds interesting ? Carry on...
Octallium presents an alternate programming paradigm using the Erlang/Elixir & Phoenix eco-system. This stack present a entirely new outlook with its functional style of programming and the awesome tooling.
But why would anyone choose such a cryptic sounding stack?
Answer - Because it "Simply Works"!
Why Erlang/Elixir And Phoenix?¶
Every programming language is awesome only till the time it works for you and it's the worst when it doesn't, but it's really up to you which demon(language) you prefer, there is no ONE best language.
There is this typical marketing pitch that Erlang/Elixir really offers excellent distributed concurrency, planet scalability, immutable values and fault tolerant systems, etc etc, but lets keep them aside for a while.
The only pitch is, let yourself to be exposed to this really excellent eco-system and then decide your own choice of demon 🐲
Chances are that you must have heard about WhatsApp, Discord, Bleacher Report, Pinterest, etc, they runs on Erlang/Elixir and about more than 50% of all telecom providers on the planet.
If its so great why haven't I heard about it earlier? Carry on...
We need to give it, other languages did a fantastic job of presenting themself in a much better way, also the amount of marketing, conferences, sponsorships, etc have really shaped them to be much popular and widely used.
Erlang/Elixir looks as if it has a cryptic syntax and functional programming makes them look difficult on the surface, but its really not the case, they are really great to work with and specially Elixir is designed to make developers feel happy.
Feeling curious, what the hell is all this? Carry on...
What is Erlang, Elixir And Phoenix¶
Erlang/OTP is a concurrent functional programming language that forms the basic foundation, it was developed by Ericsson in 1986 and made open source in 1998. Erlang runs on its virtual machine called as the BEAM. OTP simply stands for Open Telecom Platform.
Elixir builds on top of Erlang and provides a nice and easy way of interacting with the underlying system. It provides abstraction over Erlang, so that its easier for developers to code and finally it compiles to Erlang byte code.
Phoenix Framework is a great set of tooling to create mature and blazing fast web applications, its based on Elixir and offers excellent framework to create highly scalable and concurrent distributed applications.
We would be more focused on Elixir & Phoenix, but keep it mind that finally everything is compiled to Erlang byte code and runs on the BEAM.
Elixir & Phoenix also has very good set of online documentation and the communities are also generally warm and helpful.
Let the force be with you!
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# Elixir code defmodule Hello do def say do :World end end
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