Curiosum TILs

Implicit try in Elixir

In the world of Elixir programming, there are numerous features and syntactic constructs that contribute to the language's elegance and expressiveness. One such hidden gem is the concept of "implicit try".

How to override Kernel macros

The macro mechanism in Elixir is not only an interesting metaprogramming feature - in fact, it is at the language's very core. And the more awesome fact is that, using macros, you can override the algorithm of defining functions itself!

How to get the struct type in Elixir

So you don’t know what’s the type of struct you’re passing somewhere? Maybe it can be one of few types and you have to distinguish them? Or any other reason… But it’s about checking the struct type. Just use one of the coolest Elixir features - pattern matching!

How to run tests in Elixir IEx shell

Hey! Have you ever wondered about tests running inside the IEx shell? For a long time, I was convinced that it’s not really possible. And as it turns out - that’s not really straightforward. You won’t easily find information about that in the documentation.