Full Stack Radio

A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Every episode, Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration.



episode 116: 116: Jerod Santo - Building the Changelog Platform with Elixir and Phoenix

In this episode, Adam talks to Jerod Santo of The Changelog about building their custom podcasting platform using Elixir and Phoenix.

Topics include:

  • How pattern matching works in Elixir and why it's more powerful than method overloading in other languages
  • How Elixir's pipe operator makes the transition from OO to functional programming more natural
  • Why you don't need to be intimidated by unfamiliar features like GenServers to use Elixir for web app development
  • Noticeable differences between working with Rails and Phoenix and what it was like to transition
  • How the Phoenix ORM makes n+1 queries impossible
  • Why background tasks are a lot easier in Elixir than in an ecosystem like PHP
  • What other tools and technology power the Changelog platform
  • How the Changelog Phoenix app is deployed


  • DigitalOcean, get your free $50 credit at do.co/fullstack
  • Cloudinary, sign up and get 300,000 images/videos, 10GB of storage and 20GB of monthly bandwidth for free


  • Building rapid UI with utility-first CSS, Adam's episode of JS Party
  • Elixir
  • Phoenix
  • Chris McCord on The Changelog
  • The Changelog source code
  • Confident Ruby
  • "Why we chose Turbolinks"
  • Programming Phoenix book
  • Elixir Forum
  • Our Slack


 2019-06-05  1h0m