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Published: January 2018
ISBN: 9781680502435
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Skill Level Meter

Functional Web Development with Elixir, OTP, and Phoenix

Rethink the Modern Web App

by Lance Halvorsen

Elixir and Phoenix are generating tremendous excitement as an unbeatable platform for building modern web applications. For decades OTP has helped developers create incredibly robust, scalable applications with unparalleled uptime. Make the most of them as you build a stateful web app with Elixir, OTP, and Phoenix. Model domain entities without an ORM or a database. Manage server state and keep your code clean with OTP Behaviours. Layer on a Phoenix web interface without coupling it to the business logic. Open doors to powerful new techniques that will get you thinking about web development in fundamentally new ways.

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Elixir and OTP provide exceptional tools to build rock-solid back-end applications that scale. In this book, you’ll build a web application in a radically different way, with a back end that holds application state. You’ll use persistent Phoenix Channel connections instead of HTTP’s request-response, and create the full application in distinct, decoupled layers.

In Part 1, start by building the business logic as a separate application, without Phoenix. Model the application domain with Elixir functions and simple data structures. By keeping state in memory instead of a database, you can reduce latency and simplify your code. In Part 2, add in the GenServer Behaviour to make managing in-memory state a breeze. Create a supervision tree to boost fault tolerance while separating error handling from business logic.

Phoenix is a modern web framework you can layer on top of business logic while keeping the two completely decoupled. In Part 3, you’ll do exactly that as you build a web interface with Phoenix. Bring in the application from Part 2 as a dependency to a new Phoenix project. Then use ultra-scalable Phoenix Channels to establish persistent connections between the stateful server and a stateful front-end client.

You’re going to love this way of building web apps!

What You Need

You’ll need a computer that can run Elixir version 1.5 or higher and Phoenix 1.3 or higher. Some familiarity with Elixir and Phoenix is recommended.

Resources

Releases:

  • P1.0 2018/01/23
  • B8.0 2018/01/15
  • B7.0 2017/11/16
  • B6.0 2017/10/17

Contents & Extracts

Preface

Mapping Our Route

  • Define the Functional Core in Elixir
    • Model Data and Behavior
      • The Benefits
      • Let’s Build It
      • Discover the Entities and Model the Domain
      • Transforming Data
      • Putting the Pieces Together
      • Wrapping Up
    • Manage State with a State Machine
      • A Quick Look at State
      • A Bit of History
      • State Machines
      • A Functional State Machine for Islands
      • Working Through the States
      • Wrapping Up
  • Add OTP for Concurrency and Fault Tolerance
    • Wrap It Up in a GenServer
      • A Look at Micro-Services
      • OTP Solutions
      • Getting Started with GenServer excerpt
      • Initializing GenServer State
      • Customizing GenServer Behavior
      • Naming GenServer Processes
      • Wrapping Up
    • Process Supervision for Recovery
      • Fault Tolerance
      • Linking Processes
      • Introducing the Supervisor Behaviour
      • Supervision Strategies
      • The Child Specification
      • A Supervisor for the Game
      • Starting the Supervision Tree
      • Starting and Stopping Child Processes
      • Putting the Pieces Together
      • Recovering State After a Crash
      • Wrapping Up
  • Add a Web Interface with Phoenix
    • Generate a New Web Interface with Phoenix excerpt
      • Frameworks
      • Applications
      • Generate a New Phoenix Application
      • Adding a New Dependency
      • Call the Logic from the Interface
      • Wrapping Up
    • Create Persistent Connections with Phoenix Channels
      • The Beauty of Channels
      • The Pieces That Make a Channel
      • Let’s Build It
      • Establish a Client Connection
      • Converse Over a Channel
      • Connect the Channel to the Game
      • Phoenix Presence
      • Authorization
      • Wrapping Up

Author

Lance Halvorsen is a member of the Phoenix core team, the author of the Phoenix Guides, and a senior software architect at Le Tote.

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About This Title

Pages: 218
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 9781680502435
Edition: 1
In Print