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Elixir Games PDX - You're Getting On My Nerves

308 SW 2nd Ave Fifth Floor
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)
Public WiFi

Exterior doors will lock at 6:00 PM. Attendees will need to use the bank of elevators (there are two) in the lobby going to floors 2-6 in order to get to floor 5. Elevators to the 5th floor will be unlocked for the event times.



Bridging the gap between higher-level application development and embedded device deployments is all the rage these days. As is the case with the much of the rest of the Elixir ecosystem, there's a project to help make such ambitions a lot more friendly and inviting to work with (http://nerves-project.org/). This month we'll be taking a look at this project, explore a handful of similar alternative approaches to the same problem, and see if we can get some simple distributed Elixir applications running and communicating as Nerves apps.

If you have any of the supported hardware (referenced below), then by all means bring it with you and we'll see if we can get things working on real hardware. All the organizer's embedded SBCs are Odroid C2's, which aren't Nerves-compatible, so we won't be able to supply hardware for the whole group, but for those that don't have hardware to deploy to we can still build QEMU ARM images and run them in an emulated VM environment.

Supported Hardware:


For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.


Special thanks to our friends at Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.