Episode 11

EMx 011: Process and OTP pitfalls with Claudio Ortolina


July 24th, 2018

1 hr 7 mins 23 secs

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  • Charles Max Wood
  • Eric Berry
  • Josh Adams
  • Mark Erikson

Special Guests: Claudio Ortolina

In this episode of Elixir Mix, the panel talks to Claudio Ortolina about Process and OTP pitfalls. Claudio works for Erlang Solutions where he is a developer consultant, working with customers on long projects, and he has been working full-time with Elixir for the past 3 years. They talk about OTP, the importance of reading the sources when working with Elixir, and if beginners should dive right away into OTP. They also touch on Process, how Elixir allows your code to be more available, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Claudio intro
  • Works at Erlang Solutions
  • Ruby Rogues Episode 208
  • Is there one thing that stands out to you as the easiest thing to fix?
  • People pick up this language quickly
  • Repetition
  • Excited about OTP
  • Pattern matching
  • People come from Ruby background to Elixir
  • How do you address people who won’t put the effort in to learn OTP
  • Rare to find greenfield projects now
  • Building blocks
  • Reading the sources
  • Do you recommend beginner dive into OTP or should they postpone getting into it?
  • It’s okay to postpone
  • The missing link
  • Is the domain model inherently concurrent?
  • Concurrency is not always an obvious tool
  • Elixir Process
  • Thinking about what needs to work no matter how your infrastructure is affected by problems
  • Elixir gives you a lot of tools to make your code more available
  • Elixir syntax
  • And much, much more!