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Learning and rewriting the site in Elixir / Phoenix

By Matthew Bender

Posted on August 22, 2016

Starting Again, Again, …

When I created 5280code.com I was looking for a public playground for coding & blogging. I wanted to be more active in the online community. BUT life got busy and then I realize I haven’t blogged in over 18 months. In that 18 months, I’ve joined a new start up, married the love of my life, and have prepared myself to start a family. So life is good!

Blinker is the company I joined, we help provide consumers a more transparent way for transacting on a used car. A used car transaction can be really shady when it comes to Craigslist, dealers, and scammers. I feel Blinker can really change the way consumers feel about purchasing a used car. Instead of a deep cringe, hopefully we can make it just as painless as Airbnb has made renting a complete stranger’s home.

So why Elixir?

Back when Elixir was pre-1.0, I was always intrigued to see what it would become and how the community would grow or fail. It not only grew but exploded in the past years. Many developers are pivoting from a number of languages and diving head first into Elixir-land. Even respected companies like Thoughtbot have even become evangelists for the language.

I never really dipped more than a toe into reading and learning, until I joined Blinker. I work with a couple co-workers that see the same bright future for Elixir. That was really encouraged me to learn some of the ins and outs of the language. I started with a few exercism.io exercises. Then I read through most of The Pragmatic Programmers Programming Elixir book. The more I’ve learn, the more I enjoy writing Elixir.

Burn it all with fire!

In the spirit of continuing my elixir learning, I’m rewriting the 5280code.com website in Elixir & Phoenix. This is the first Blog Post that will appear on the new stack. I’ll start with the blog functionality and expand once again from there. Wish me luck! Here is the new repo for the site: https://github.com/codebender/phoenix5280

Questions or Comments?

Hit me up on twitter @5280code!