Katelynn Burns is a software engineer at LaunchScout Proficient in Elixir Programming and will be discussing the ins and outs of Elixir programming.
What should a python or java developer know about getting started in programming Elixir?
parts of learning a new language can be knowing where to start, but I didn’t feel that as much with Elixir. The community who use Elixir feel excited about their language and bringing in new developers and it shows. It even has a getting started guide (https://elixir-lang.org/getting-started). I think the main thing I would tell developers who are considering learning Elixir is that it’s worth it. Elixir has some of the easiest to read and elegant code I have had experience with. Elixir is enjoyable to write. It feels like a language that was written by developers for developers. I used to do some auto body work and would always complain that cars were designed with the seller in mind but never the mechanic who would have to fix it. In my experience Elixir doesn’t have that problem. It cares about creating a smooth user experience while also being nice to work with for the developers using it.
What are some use cases for the Elixir apps you develop?
Please tell us more about your presentation upcoming at CodeBeam America 2022.
I’m very excited to give my talkHow Elixir Helped Me to Love the Back-End at CodeBeam. I’m very passionate about this topic because I used to be very intimidated by the backend. Elixir has given me the resources and confidence to embrace the full stack, and I believe that’s important. I think even if someone is focused on a particular part of the stack, it’s good to at least be able to understand the full picture of what you’re working on. Elixir was a language that I hadn’t heard of before starting my apprenticeship with Launch Scout. After learning about it I can understand why the Elixir community is so excited about it, it’s a great language. I’m excited to get the opportunity to share a little bit of my journey into Elixir and hopefully help others who may be intimidated by the backend to get the confidence to start this journey for themselves, or to give mentors some insight into how to help guide new developers. I have a background in teaching, so I’m always excited by the opportunity to teach and try to help people on their journey. I feel very lucky and like I have had a very great support group so far in my engineering journey, so I’m excited for an opportunity to pass that forward as well as meet and talk to others in the Elixir community.