This is one of the first times I've used
make, but I regret not
using it more often. It's pretty simple to get started and really
powerful. This was a mix of a lot of different resources.
Elixir releases need to be built on the same system as they run on. Seems like Docker is perfect for building the releases and running them. Well, it's prefect for building the release. Running in Docker can make some of the BEAM stuff harder, like live code updates and clustering. Looks like there are some solutions for both, but for now I don't mind just restarting the Docker containers.
Seems like just running the app with mix is probably fine for now, but will make using a lot of the BEAM hard/impossible later. Also, the project has multiple apps, so making different builds for each seems like it might be a good idea.
This took the longest time to get working. Partly because of my own typos :p. But, also because I wanted to setup everything with Terraform. The Beanstalk stack is just the basic Docker stack. I setup RDS for the database because both apps need it.
The plan; use Distillery to build the Elixir apps in a Docker container. Then create Docker containers with the compiled apps. Use those to deploy on AWS Beanstalk. Build the AWS Beanstalk setup with Terraform. And deploy through a Makefile to automate things. It's a lot of setup to deploy an app!
How to create partials in Elixir with block like syntax. Like:
= render_shared "page_header.html", title: "Listing Posts", body: fn -> = link "New Post", class: 'btn btn-sm btn-outline-secondary', to: post_path(@conn, :new)
Startups need secret weapons. Any advantage that a startup can leverage is important. My secret weapons might not be yours, but you'll have your own. For software startups, the team, process, communication, and languages have the ability to accelerate the business and to be treated as secret weapons.
Scrum was a huge change in how software was built and a lot of its ideas are great, but some also have major problems. Most of my experience is in early stage startups and may not apply as well to larger organizations, though I think a lot of it still does.
POW -> Puma-dev & RVM -> asdf
Phoenix is a web framework build on Elixir, which runs on the Erlang VM. Why check out another web framework & language? IDK... the grass is always greener. There are new ideas in new frameworks. Maybe one will fit more with my personal development opinions.
CES was about robots this year. There were a lot of toy focused robot kits that were cool. I like the Jimu kit the most.
Buffalo is a web framework written in Go by Mark Bates. I've been working more with Go and started using Buffalo. Mark has done an awesome job with it! Thanks Mark! Pretty quickly into my app I wanted nested resources. Support for them seems pretty much there. It takes some work, but all in all it was pretty easy to get going. Here are some notes about how I approached it.