I have been wanting to get back into learning stuff outside of work for a while now. When I was in college I spent an excessive amount of time just dialing in my knowledge of stuff, mostly React. I was spending 12-18 hours a day (no joke), 5-6 days a week, just coding. Once I started working, I had other things to do and stopped coding after work, plus, after spending 8 hours breaking my brain trying to do stuff, I didn't really want to shove more info in it, cat videos and video games were what I wanted.
In the last few months I've been feeling kind of bored of everything and honestly, a little bit down. I lost my interest in a lot of things I used to like (some from just growing up a little) and I feel like my knowledge hasn't been increasing like it was before. I have been wanting to do some learning of something, and building out React apps aren't as fun at home since I do it all day, so it has been hard to find anything that can keep my interest. In comes Elixir.
After speaking with Rohan, the TorontoJS master / promoter of Elixir, I had some really awesome resources to start learning. The primary learning resource I am using is this course on udemy. It is an awesome course so far (I'm on the beginning of the phoenix section) and I have gotten to build some cool stuff with Elixir that I will (hopefully) talk about in another blog post. I actually managed to convince my girlfriend (who is also a software developer) to learn it with me.
I feel like as a developer keeping up with newer technology, or even learning something that you're interested in that isn't knew, is a necessity. It helps build up your confidence, and can sometimes show you that you do know more than you think, and that you are better than you think. Confidence is something so many developers struggle with, and I genuinely feel that learning new languages/libraries/frameworks can really help with that.
Anywho, this was just a long blurb to get that all off my chest, and I plan to make some more posts about specific things about Elixir I am really enjoying, and about some of the projects I am building with it!