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Episode 5: Bruce Tate and Turtles All the Way Down

March 11th, 2021

For this week's episode, we talk to Bruce Tate, member of the Elixir community since the language turned 1.0. As one of the main people behind Elixir's publishing scene, Bruce was the editor of the ElixirSource line of books for the Pragmatic Bookshelf through most of its history. He is a coauthor for Programming Phoenix, Designing Elixir Systems with OTP, and Adopting Elixir, and the chief author and content developer for Groxio, LLC.

The episode starts as Bruce tells his story spanning the early days of Java, Ruby, and eventually Elixir. Along the way, he talks about writing books, and how Seven Languages in Seven Weeks led to an introduction to Joe Armstrong, and marked the beginning of his great love for programming languages.

Along the way, Bruce and Lars discuss the PETAL stack, and his experiences teaching Groxio liveview classes. Bruce and Sophie also discuss writing at the Pragmatic Bookshelf together, and teaching together using the CRC pattern.

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