Basic to Advanced Elixir Course #5 – Mix for Beginners

Written by Gustavo Oliveira
on 01/11/2023

Learning Basic Concepts of Mix and Organizing Code in Elixir

Welcome back to ELXPRO! In today’s blog post, we’ll dive into the world of Elixir and explore fundamental concepts about Mix. Understanding Mix will simplify your experience when working with frameworks like Ecto, Phoenix, and LiveView. So let’s get started!

Before we begin, if you’re eager to learn Elixir faster and dive deeper into Phoenix and LiveView, we have a free class available. Be sure to check it out!

Introduction to Mix

Mix is an essential tool in the Elixir ecosystem, akin to npm in JavaScript or pip in Python. It helps manage your project’s dependencies, compile your code, and run tests. Learning how to use Mix effectively will make it easier to understand and work with Elixir frameworks.

Organizing Code with Mix

One key aspect of using Mix is learning how to organize your code efficiently. Speaker 2 in our video emphasizes the importance of creating folders for different parts of your application. For example, creating an “accounts” folder to organize code related to user accounts can provide context and keep your project tidy.

Creating and Managing Folders

To keep your codebase manageable, it’s crucial to organize your modules into appropriately named folders. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Create Folders: Start by creating a folder named “accounts” to store all modules and tests related to user accounts.
  2. Use Aliases: Implement aliases for modules within your folders to simplify references in your code.
  3. Move Tests: Relocate your tests to the corresponding folders, ensuring they are organized logically.

Handling Dependencies with Mix

Mix also simplifies the management of dependencies in your Elixir project. It helps you create, update, and install necessary libraries. Understanding how to handle dependencies with Mix is crucial for maintaining a smooth workflow.

  • Installing Dependencies: Use the mix deps.get command to fetch and install dependencies listed in your mix.exs file.
  • Updating Dependencies: Regularly check and update your dependencies to ensure your project uses the latest versions.

Understanding the Application Lifecycle

Speaker 2 explains the importance of understanding the application lifecycle in Elixir. This involves:

  • Application Module: Define the start function and manage the application lifecycle.
  • Supervisor Tree: Utilize a supervisor tree to manage processes within your application, ensuring fault tolerance and reliability.

Debugging and Inspecting Processes

Efficient debugging and process management are vital for any developer. Speaker 2 highlights the use of I/O.inspect and other tools to debug your code and inspect processes in Elixir.

  • Supervisor Start Link: Use the supervisor start link to manage and restart processes effectively.
  • Process IDs: Understand and manage process IDs to keep track of different processes within your application.

Final Thoughts

In this session, we’ve covered a lot of ground, learning about Mix, organizing code, and understanding the inner workings of an Elixir application. Remember, these basics are just the starting point. For a deeper dive, don’t forget to check out our free class on Elixir, Phoenix, and LiveView.

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  • Elixir
  • Mix
  • Phoenix
  • LiveView
  • Elixir development
  • Organizing code
  • Managing dependencies
  • Application lifecycle
  • Supervisor tree
  • Debugging in Elixir
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