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ElixirConf EU 2017 - Growing Up

Last week my brother-in-arms Christoph and I had the opportunity to attend ElixirConf EU for the second time. It’s been a great experience, rekindling old Elixir friendships and forming new ones. It is always great to meet people you only know from the interwebs - like @devoncestes and @bgmarx - in person.

But we also met some colleagues from home:

ElixirConf EU was a two track conference this time around, and while I was not giving a talk myself, Credo made a cameo appereance in a talk or two.

It makes me tremendously happy to see how we as a community embrace the same principles and form a strong community around similar ideas - open, looking for steady progress and a solid stack, embracing fault-tolerance (in people and machines 😉).

It became obvious during the three keynotes that Elixir and Phoenix have paid their dues. Seriously, it was amazing to see people from companies like Bleacher Report, CCP Games (Eve Online), Square Enix and Twitch tell us about their experience of using Elixir in production. We - the Elixir community - can now slowly shift our focus from convincing other developers of joining our club to conquering the hearts and minds of people outside our little clubhouse.

P.S. First flight with noise cancelling headphones. Easily the second most amazing technology on planet Earth (after Beam/OTP) 🌋😡🎧🏖😳

Joining 5Minds

After last week’s departure from Neopoly it’s time to look to the future!

Starting next month, I will transition into my new role at 5Minds.

There is so much that excites me about this new endeavour: They’re loving Elixir, which is always a good thing, but the main pull for me was probably just how much energy and development this young company exhibits.

I have a hard time finding words to describe the connection I felt. The people I met are enthusiastic folks by heart and crafting software is their life’s passion, as is mine.

If I had to sum up my initial impression in four words, I’d call them “super professional mad scientists”. Can’t wait to become one of them.

Leaving Neopoly

Friday has been my last day at Neopoly after being with the company for 16 years. I am 33 years old now, which means that I have been with them for literally half my life - I did not know my first girlfriend when I started this job, nor did I have a driver’s license or a high school diploma.

During my time there I learned so much professionally, but also went through my formative years as a young person. I am still impressed by all the things we accomplished together, the long nights coding, the experiences we created and provided to our customers, the friendships we formed and the lessons we learned.

The biggest of which I owe to @splattael, who introduced me to the world of Open Source, GitHub and the importance of reading (and working with) other people’s code. Without him and Neopoly’s support I would not have started the projects people are giving me so much credit for today.

And the little parting present they got me could not have been more thoughtful :)

Thank you, @neopoly!

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