Last week half of our team headed out to Colorado for ElixirConf 2019, for training, talks, emceeing, networking, and more.
Some of our Favorite Talks
- Johanna Larsson, High Performance String Processing Scripts in Elixir
Eric used what he learned in her talk to fix up his new MUD engine to use I/O lists instead of straight strings and got some immediate measurable performance improvements.
- Scott Southworth, Sandbox Wars: Elixir and Luerl
- Justin Schneck, Keynote on the Nerves Project
Featuring a distributed snake game across nine Raspberry Pi's (!)
- Miriam Pena, Beam Extreme: Don't Do This At Home
- Chris Keathley, Contracts for Building Reliable Systems
Favorite Hallway Conf Moments
One of Justus's favorite moments at ElixirConf was a conversation with a Scala dev who felt really welcomed and included in a way that he hadn't at other events; the Elixir people were much more welcoming than what he was used to. This sentiment was echoed by other attendees at the conference as well.
One of the highlights for Yair was seeing a bunch of people who he met at RailsConfs about a decade ago; it was nice to see some of them at new events and making the move to Elixir.
Extracurriculars: Emceeing, Brewery Hang
All conference long Justus emceed the talks, bringing puns and positive vibes all around.
And we brought a sizeable crew to downtown Denver Thursday night for a brewery hang and Elixir-powered kitchen tour.
Our team had a great time learning and networking at ElixirConf, and we're looking forward to more Elixir conferences in our near future. Next up is the Big Elixir in New Orleans, where Eric will be presenting a keynote — see you there!