Episode 12

EMx 012: Why Elixir matters with Osayame David Gaius-Obaseki


August 1st, 2018

49 mins 19 secs

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About this Episode


  • Charles Max Wood
  • Eric Berry
  • Josh Adams

Special Guests: Osayame David Gaius-Obaseki

In this episode of Elixir Mix, the panel talks to Osayame David Gaius-Obaseki. Osa is a software engineer at a company called MailChimp, is originally from Nigeria, and has been writing Elixir for a couple years now. They talk about his talk, Why Elixir Matters, how he came about writing this talk, and lambda calculus. They also touch on how Elixir compares to other functional programming languages, the idea of the genealogy of a language, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Osa intro
  • Software engineer at MailChimp
  • Elixir
  • His talk – Why Elixir Matters
  • His talk goes into the history of functional programming
  • The heritage that Elixir has
  • Clojure
  • Curious about how Elixir came to exist
  • Functional languages become popular for a year and then decline
  • Lambda calculus
  • His approach to functional programming
  • At some level, you don’t have to understand lambda calculus
  • The basis of lambda calculus
  • Jim Weirich Y-Not talk
  • How do we get to the high level stud we are doing with Elixir?
  • Lisp, Steam, and Erlang
  • Making ideas practical for use
  • Approachable languages
  • In your research, did you get a sense of organic growth?
  • Genealogies of languages
  • ML languages -  Reason
  • Resiliency of programs applied to the front-end
  • And much, much more!