Opening Keynote: The Tyrrany of Structurelessness

A presentation at Code BEAM Lite Amsterdam 2019 in in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Brooklyn Zelenka

Dijkstra banished the GOTO 50 years ago, but unstructured programming continues to lurk in the background of every module we write. As our software gets larger and does more, that complexity resurfaces in new and less obvious ways. As much as the actor model is lauded for being like an organism, organic code can become full of structural complexity.

Is there a way to strengthen our code, while retaining its flexibility and making it even clearer to communicate our intent? There is! The decades since, we’ve developed new techniques and patterns to structure our code. And best of all, we can have them encoded in libraries and modules directly! These techniques are starting to become enshrined in standard libraries of other languages — can they be brought to Elixir?