Getting into Elixir?!

After some years with Ruby and, to a lesser extent, Python, with bits of JS in between, I am considering what is next. High on the list for me are Elixir and Go. So far, I have not made significant progress with either of the two, but I hope that will change in the coming months. My first attempt at learning Elixir, I gave up rather quite quickly, after going through a couple steps on the Language website. Now I am counting on trying some other resources and on the power of social facilitation to make more progress this time around. 😉

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Colombia: Seen & To Be Seen

This weekend, my third trip to Colombia ends. Time to make a short article, to take note of which places I have seen here, what I can recommend and what remains to be seen, i.e. what’s high on my list to check out the next time around. I am not the kind of person that likes to spend most of their vacations or trips in a car, bus, or plane, so there is still quite a bit left to see. The to-do places are marked with the headings written in italics, some smaller places are grouped with smaller headings, below the big cities they are close to.

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Berlin Startup Watchlist 2019

One question that frequently comes up in my discussions with some friends is: What are the new exciting startups in town? Often also implying, at least to some extent, that there is not that much around that seems interesting or promising. I woud not necessarily agree with that, but I have to admit to admit that I usually did not have the best examples on the spot to convince them otherwise. This post aims to change that: it will be a collection of noteworthy Berlin startups that got seed funding or launched since 2016 that I will contiously update, until the end of this year.

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Tools: Ruby “Graveyard” of IDEs

I recently looked into some alternatives to Rubymine, for doing some (Ruby) side projects. I mostly use Rubymine at work, so I thought it would be a good idea to familarize myself with another IDE. While I have used editors to work on Ruby, in particular Atom and Sublime and heard that Vim (plus plugins) is another popular choice, I wanted to see what is out there. To make it short how my search ended: I will use Atom, for the time being, when I work with Ruby. (First I will rather work on this blog and a project for which I like to use Jekyll, or another static site generator though.) The Ruby ecosystem seems to no longer have supported a variety of IDEs anymore in recent years. You do find quite a few discontinued projects though and others which no longer have full support.

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