Elixir Wizards Podcast

An Elixir podcast from SmartLogic; conversations with software developers from around the world on the Elixir language and other modern web technologies.

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Elixir Wizards is an interview-format podcast, focused on engineers who use the Elixir programming language. Initially launched in early 2019, each season focuses on a specific topic or topics, with each interview focusing on the guest's experience and opinions on the topic. Our hosts as of Season Eleven are Owen Bickford, Dan Ivovich, and Sundi Myint.

Have a great season topic idea, guest suggestion, or other feedback? Email it to us at [email protected] or tweet at us @smartlogic, we love hearing from our listeners.

Note: Our transcript writers aren't technical experts — if you see any errors in the show transcripts, you can submit a pull request and we'll happily make the updates!

Season Twelve: Office Hours

The Elixir Wizards Podcast is back with a special edition mini-season: Season 12 “Office Hours.” Spanning six episodes, we invite you to join hosts Sundi Myint, Owen Bickford, and Dan Ivovich, along with the SmartLogic team, for candid internal conversations to delve deep into the stages of the software development lifecycle.

Season Twelve began airing in March 2024.

Season Eleven: Branching Out from Elixir

In Season 11 of the Elixir Wizards podcast, we venture beyond the familiar shores of Elixir to engage in cross-community dialogue, compare notes, and broaden our horizons. This season is dedicated to understanding how Elixir integrates, contrasts, and can potentially synergize with other prominent technologies in the software world.

Season Eleven began airing in October 2023.

Season Ten: The Next Ten Years of Elixir

In Season 10 of the Elixir Wizards podcast, we delve into "The Next Ten Years of Elixir," exploring the future of DevOps, cyber security, cloud infrastructure, and machine learning. This season is a comprehensive exploration of the opportunities and challenges Elixir faces in the coming decade.

Season Ten began airing in March 2023.

Season Nine: Parsing the Particulars

The theme for Elixir Wizards Season 9 is "Parsing the Particulars." Hosts Sundi, Owen, Dan, and Bilal take a deep dive into the intricacies of Elixir development. The Wizards explore critical aspects of the Elixir programming language, including: observability, GenServers, geomapping, Phoenix LiveView, Oban, Tailwind, and Nerves.

Season Nine began airing in September 2022.

Season Eight: Elixir in a Polyglot Environment

Our theme in Season Eight is Elixir in a Polyglot Environment. We'll be talking with our guests about how Elixir is used in context with other languages, how they play nicely (or not) together, and how teams manage context switching, constrain complexity, and generally think about how Elixir works within their overall product infrastructure.

Season Eight aired from April 2022 through June 2022.

Season Seven: The Impact of Elixir

Our theme in Season Seven was The Impact of Elixir — examining the history of Elixir programming, and the change that it has had on programming in different areas of the software development industry. We spoke with our guests about the impact of Elixir on their careers and in their organizations, as well as broader cultural and technological contexts.

Season Seven aired from November 2021 through February 2022.

Season Six: BEAM Magic

The theme of Season Six was BEAM Magic — taking a look at what gets handled under the hood with Elixir, other languages that run on the BEAM, and talking about how much magic is the right amount — there are a lot of strongly held opinions on this, that are reflected in how much “magic” is included in different programming languages.

Season Five: Adopting Elixir

Our theme for season five was Adopting Elixir. We spoke with technology leaders at product companies, consultancies, and on internal technical teams about their companies' journeys to adopting Elixir (or not adopting Elixir).

Season Five aired from December 2020-March 2021.

Season Four: Application and System Architecture

In season four our theme was Application and System Architecture; we talked with guests about how they think about design vs architecture, domain driven design, umbrella apps, and more.

Season Three: Working with Elixir

In season three our theme was Working with Elixir, encompassing Functional Programming, Hiring/Training, and Performance. The season ran from November 2019 to April 2020.

Season Two: Elixir Internals

In our second season, released from July-September of 2019, we focused on Elixir Internals; we talked with developers behind some of the most popular Elixir libraries, including Witchcraft, ElixirScript, Distillery, Ecto, and more!

Season One: Elixir in Production

Our first season, released from February-April of 2019, focused on Elixir in production and featured conversations with engineers who have live production apps built with Elixir. We talked about why Elixir, implementation details, libraries, patterns, and tips for real-world applications.