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Learn Elixir The Fun Way
January 04 2016

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.

Thinking About Function Signatures in Elixir
October 07 2015

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.

How To Learn a New Programming Language While Maintaining Your Day Job
October 06 2015

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

Recursion, Not Recursion
September 09 2015

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

Using Recursion In Elixir To Break Your OO Brain
September 04 2015

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.

Using Elixir's Pattern Matching And Case Statement To Handle Errors
September 04 2015

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.

Hello Elixir. Wow.
September 03 2015

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.