We safely escaped the wonders and horrors of metaprogramming with Elixir Macros last month.
This month we'll be looking at another core feature of Elixir that comes from its Erlang underpinnings... Distributed applications/systems. We'll take a look at some of the patterns we've used in past meetups and how we can rework and refactor them to run efficiently on multiple machines rather than just a single host.
Side note: Afterward there will also be a small karaoke caravan to Chopsticks on E Burnside to get in a few last crowd-pleasers before Chopsticks closes for good.
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.
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.
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.
Special thanks to my friends Jeff Weiss, Russell Mull and Puppet Labs (https://puppetlabs.com/), ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.