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From Elixir to Erlang - Experience report

From Elixir to Erlang - Experience report

Is the tooling in Erlang really that bad? Are macros in Elixir actually creating that much confusion? And what about the syntax?

Over the last couple months, I worked almost exclusively with Erlang after many years spent with Elixir. In this talk I'm going to share my reflections on the state of both languages and what they can learn from one another. I'll explore things that I found surprising, some that I miss, and couple that were delightful.

Michał Muskała

May 29, 2020

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  1. From Elixir to Erlang Experience Report

  2. Michał Muskała http://michal.muskala.eu/ https://github.com/michalmuskala/ @michalmuskala

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  7. Things I miss

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  9. Documentation • many excellent examples • beautiful design • attention

    to detail, “delightful” experience • uniformity • Erlang is getting much better!
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  11. Testing • unfortunately disappointing • error information on failures is

    poor • poor parallelism support in tests • clunky interfaces • I want to improve things
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  13. Inspect • legible data structures in the shell • easy

    information hiding
  14. Things I like

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  16. Syntax

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  18. Compiler

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  20. erlang_ls

  21. The future is bright, BEAM people unite!

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