RR 334: Is Elixir the Next Ruby? with Hal Fulton

Episode 341 · October 31st, 2017 · 55 mins 56 secs

About this Episode


Charles Max Wood

Dave Kimura

Special Guest: 

Hal Fulton

In this episode, the Ruby Rouges speak with Hal Fulton. Hal is one of the first few people to learn the Ruby language in the beginning from the Japanese. Hal describes the history Ruby and his journey to before an author of the book The Ruby Way. This book was one of the few foundational elements Ruby developers of today.

Hal has recently presented at the Ruby Dev Summit, on Is Elixir the new Ruby? The panel asks questions about, how or if, Elixir is possibly out there to replace Ruby. Hal talks about the pros and con of Ruby in today’s world fo development. Also, the practicality of Elixir and how it fits into our world today.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Hal talks about the history of Ruby
  • Ruby does not handle multiple processors
  • The Free Lunch is Over - Moore’s Law
  • The future is in multiple core and or processors
  • OOP or FP
  • Immutability
  • Rail helped Ruby in the uptake
  • Speed and Threads of Elixir
  • Phoenix
  • Erline, Raya - Elixir
  • Elixer is easier on the eyes as far as syntax
  • Tools you are using can wear you down
  • What is Elixir missing? Time and Date issues
  • and much much more.




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