Can you build a data processing pipeline that might one day help save humanity? For this next meetup we'll be looking at one of Elixir's features that sets it distinctly apart from its older Erlang sibling.... the Pipeline Operator.
In the previous two Elixir Games PDX meetups we've looked at how to solve some simple problems in a functional programming style, and we've also taken a look at Elixir's concurrency and parallelism paradigm. We'll be partially combining some of those principles and practices to mine some critical data.
For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.
Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.
If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.
Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.
Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.
If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/ (https://github.com/elixir-pdx/prime), some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.
Special thanks to my friends Russell Mull, Jeff Weiss and Puppet Labs (https://puppetlabs.com/), ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.