Stories of Elixir in the Wild: Cobenian

Continuing the series of interviews with people and companies who have successfully used Elixir to build applications or libraries used in production, today's post is my interview with Bryan Weber from Cobenian (of @ElixirMastery fame) about their use of Phoenix and their involvement with the Elixir community. Cobenian is a software services company that focuses on Internet infrastructure and data analysis. One of their projects is www.demoit.io - an on-line service that allows freelancers and companies to share HTML with clients privately and securely. The REST API that…

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Stories of Elixir in the Wild: Interview with Matthew Ahrens

In previous posts of this series, I interviewed people who have responded to the Elixir in the Wild survey about their use of Elixir in commercial production systems and / or open-source projects. In this post, I interview someone using Elixir in an educational setting. Matthew Ahrens (@MPAhrens) works at Tufts University's Lab for Playful Computation (which sure sounds like a delightful place to work!) and is part of the Boston Elixir Meetup. Matthew’s Lab has a fascinating project called BlockyTalky - an investigation into fun ways for youngsters to…

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Stories of Elixir in the Wild: Interview with Matteo Giachino

So far in this series I have interviewed two interesting people who have built real-world production software with Elixir - Shane Logsdon and Johnny Winn. As promised, I will continue to periodically interview people who have responded to the Elixir in the Wild survey in order to share with the community insights and success stories from those who have put Elixir to the ultimate test. The third interview in the series is with Matteo Giachino (@spicy_sake) from prima.it. Matteo's company has used Elixir and Phoenix to build a…

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Stories of Elixir in the Wild: Interview with Johnny Winn

In the first part of this series I talked to Shane Logsdon about ChatBlend's use of Elixir to power their back­end API. This time I interview Johnny Winn (@johnny_rugger), who has written several open­-source projects in Elixir, each having a reasonably high adoption rate: calliope, inflex, and chronos. JD: Did you enjoy the interview with Shane Logsdon? JW: It's always great to hear about companies using Elixir and lately it seems like I am hearing about them more and more. Shane has been around the Elixir Community…

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Stories of Elixir in the Wild: ChatBlend

ChatBlend is a customer support service that blends live chat software with SMS messaging via Twilio to increase client engagement. In this interview, Shane Logsdon (@shanelogsdon) explains how the ChatBlend team used Elixir for the backend API of their service. JD: How did you come to the decision to use Elixir for ChatBlend’s backend API? SL: Our shop had historically used C#/.NET and PHP in everything we built, but that did not keep us from exploring other options. We built some demo projects in C#, PHP, Ruby, Erlang,…

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