[erlang-questions] Any Erlang Devs Contemplating Elixir?

Andrew Berman <>
Fri Feb 26 20:18:34 CET 2016


Hey Garrett,

I've watched your talk a couple times before, great stuff, thank you for
posting that.

Yes, I'd say that adoption is definitely something I am concerned about.  I
have to sometimes put on my technical hiring hat and step back from the
fact that I think Erlang is incredible and that I don't have an issue with
the syntax.  However, I am going to eventually try to build a team (ideally
very lean like WhatsApp) and with lots and lots of devs familiar with Ruby
or Javascript and their related tools and frameworks, Elixir seems like a
stepping stone for those devs into the Erlang world.  I totally agree with
many on this list that a great programmer can learn any language, but
sometimes it's difficult to find those people in a reasonable time frame,
especially when you're trying to light things up quickly as a startup.

I definitely have not counted out moving forward with Erlang, which is
really why I just wanted to get a sense of what people on this mailing list
thought of Elixir.  I'm leaning towards Erlang because I know that I
personally can move quicker, but it can't always be about me :-)

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:44 AM Garrett Smith <> wrote:

> I just started a new project and momentarily had a very short thought that
> I might use Elixir. My crusty old engineering persona took over and started
> asking questions like, "why would you do that?" - then I got back to work
> building software.
>
> I strongly prefer the Erlang syntax over Elixir, especially for actual
> functional programming.
>
> I've have had a problem getting colleagues to adopt into Erlang, and I
> believe I have a handle on why [1]. I think there are some solid answers to
> "why use Elixir" if you're considering the problem of adoption. If you are
> working alone or in a small team that is already proficient using Erlang, I
> personally would just go and start your work and be happy you aren't being
> forced to use Java, or Ruby, or Node.
>
> How many bridges did I burn here?
>
> [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvKLOecT1I
>
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:28 PM Andrew Berman <> wrote:
>
>> Hey Fellow Erlangers,
>>
>> I was curious if any of you guys have switched or are contemplating using
>> Elixir for your next project. I've been programming Erlang for a while now,
>> but I'm about to start a new project and wanted to see where other Erlang
>> devs stood on it.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Andrew
>>
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