Philly ETE # 40 – Stroop, Whorf, And Elixir – Dave Thomas

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From the abstract: The philosopher Wittgenstein believed that reality is bounded by our ability to express it: “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Many others think along similar lines. I believe it is true when it comes to being able to express ourselves effectively.

In this talk I dig into the Elixir language—a functional language, inspired in part by the philosophy of Ruby, that runs on the Erlang VM. This isn’t a sales pitch for Elixir—there are dozens of great languages out there. Instead, I want to talk about how learning Elixir has changed the way I think about programming. And I want to encourage you to invest in your futures by developing new vocabularies and new reflexes.

Wittgenstein also said “what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not comfortable with the silence.