Hello, My Name Is Rob Conery

I am a software developer living in Seattle. I specialize in web development but I currently shifting my focus a bit towards backend systems and databases. I host and produce the podcase This Developer's Life with my friend Scott Hanselman.

As CTO I get to call the shots here at Red:4 but I do have to answer to the CEO and others. It's easy to arm-wave, to go on and on about Elixir and functional languages - but at the end of the day it's what you do, not what you say that counts.

About 3 years ago I had an idea for creating a different kind of tutorial. Something that would combine the problem-solving of a video game, the immersion of a sci-fi story and the joy of learning something new. A tutorial you wanted to finish in the same way you want to finish a good book or fun video game.

One of the things I've had to adjust to is how I want to structure function calls in Elixir. This is forced upon you by Pattern Matching and is a Very Good Thing. Deciding on these patterns early on can really be helpful.

I don't typically write "lifehack" posts, but this question has come up repeatedly over the last few weeks:

Had a great comment from my last post (about using Recursion):

I have to start out each post this way: I have no idea what I'm doing, but dammit am I having fun. In the fist few posts I ham-handedly threw some code against the wall to see what would ... stick? Anyway It worked, but I realized (as I did with Ruby, wonderfully) that there just has to be a better way.

I don't really know what I'm doing. I'm trying to learn Elixir and I'm having so much fun doing it that I thought I would share what I'm learning. So ... here goes. The code for the stuff I'm writing is up at Github - feel free to drop over.

I don't know anything about elixir but I very much want to learn it. I like learning new things - I feel it's required for our industry. It's easy to feel a twinge of snark about this, I feel that too, every day. But every now and again something comes along and I just find myself getting pulled right in.