Elixir Outlaws Podcast
Chris has a soundboard and he’s not afraid to use it. This week, Amos and Chris discuss planning for failures, overload, distributed transactions, and resilience.
This week, the hosts are joined by friend of the show Jeff Weiss. They discuss when it’s better to build your own solution, TLA+, fountain pens, and writing letters.
This week kicks off with a large dose of 2020 ennui. Chris recommends that they move on rapidly since no one wants to listen to complaints about the state of the world. It turns out that Chris is currently using LiveView. The consensus is that LiveView is pretty cool even though it took 4 hours to get a modal to work.
Anna has a new espresso machine and both Chris and Amos are very jealous. Chris wonders how Anna is going to make good coffee without someone judging her. Amos is hiring employees and wants advice on how to conduct better interviews.
This week starts with a discussion of Dungeons and Dragons and how great it is. Amos and Chris agree that roll20 is janky, but – like emacs – it’s lovably janky.
The main discussion is about modeling problems using data structures instead of processes. The guys agree that manipulating data with pure functions is a good thing and that the tricky part is where to put this data when you’re done. Chris cautions against the desire to put all of your data into a single global process. Databases are sucky global variables, but at least they’re global variables with rules.
Chris and Amos discuss contracting and how it’s different than working for a product company (beyond the obvious tax implications). Chris believes product companies only pay contractors when they absolutely have to. The main topic this week is software quality, if it’s a real thing, and if it so, how do we get more of it?
Chris solicits feedback from the other hosts on his notion that business logic isn’t a “real thing,” Anna and Amos discuss the degree to which Chris might be a pedant. The show wraps up with a discussion on how to change the way programmers can grow and think differently about problems.
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