The Thinking Elixir podcast is a weekly show where we talk about the Elixir programming language and the community around it. We cover news and interview guests to learn more about projects and developments in the community.
Mutation Testing using Muzak with Devon Estes
We talk with Devon Estes, the creator of a new Elixir mutation testing library called Muzak. Devon joins us to explain what mutation testing is and how it can help development teams in organizations move faster and with greater confidence. We cover when a project can benefit from it, the challenges of offering a PRO version of a library, where Muzak is going in the future, and more!
Show Notes online - https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/030-mutation-testing-using-muzak-with-devon-estes
Running Jobs using Oban with Parker Selbert
We talk with Parker Selbert, the creator of the job processing library Oban. He shares the benefits of using Postgres as the data store over more common choices like Redis. Oban also offers a paid "pro" level and Parker explains how a paid feature set is provided for the OpenSource library. He helps us understand the differences between pro and free as well. We talk about how the BEAM's concurrency and processes enable powerful features in a job processing library that you won't easily find in alternatives. He also shares a glimpse of what's coming in the future for the library and more!
Show Notes online - https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/029-running-jobs-using-oban-with-parker-selbert
DepViz and ElixirLS with Jason Axelson
We talk with Jason Axelson. He created the DepViz tool that can help improve your Elixir compile-time experience. Jason explains how to use the tool to identify where compile time dependencies may be causing issues in your project and provides tips on what to do about it. We also cover recent improvements in Elixir 1.11 and coming improvements in 1.12 and what those will mean for you! Jason is also a member of the Elixir-LSP github organization and explains the history of the Elixir-LS project and how it has grown and developed. Jason shares some tips with how to fix Elixir-LS issues when it stops working for you. He also shares some glimpses of where things may go in the future, and more!
Show Notes online - https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/028-depviz-and-elixirls-with-jason-axelson
Ash Framework with Zach Daniel
We talk with Zach Daniel, the creator of the Ash Framework, a declarative, resource-oriented application framework for Elixir that lets you build out JSON or GraphQL APIs in minutes. In this episode he explains the history, guiding doctrine of Declarative Design how it can give developers a huge boost without boxing them into a corner!
Show Notes online - https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/027-ash-framework-with-zach-daniel
Elixir in Higher Ed with Jonathan Allen
We talk with Jonathan Allen, an instructor at a Utah college, who taught Elixir to his Distributed Computing students. He tells how he got Elixir into the classroom, what the students loved, what was hard, and how we in the professional community can influence Elixir in education!
Show Notes online - https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/026-elixir-in-higher-ed-with-jonathan-allen
Improving developer experience with Marlus Saraiva
We talk with Marlus Saraiva about three big projects he is a part of. All of which are around improving the developer experience in Elixir! We start with Broadway, a library that makes working with GenStage even easier. We learn about his project Surface that brings a more react-like component model to LiveView. We then talk about his work on ElixirSense and ElixirLS which are used by editors to give code completion and documentation help. He covers where he thinks web development went wrong and what he thinks Elixir can do to improve it. We also cover where things may go with Surface and ElixirLS in the future, and much more!
Show Notes online - https://thinkingelixir.com/podcast-episodes/025-improving-developer-experience-with-marlus-saraiva