Elixir programming emphasizes data to an unusual extent. For example:

  • Elixir programmers are encouraged to treat data structures as APIs,
    rather than hiding them in objects (e.g., behind accessor methods).

  • Elixir provides persistent, immutable forms of popular data structures,
    allowing them to be used in (almost) the same manner as their mutable equivalents.

  • Elixir provides abstract data types (eg, streams), allowing many functions
    to operate on a variety of concrete data types.

  • Clojure provides abstract structural binding (ie, binding forms, destructuring),
    allowing code to attach names to portions of data structures.


These pages summarize some of Elixir's key concepts regarding data:

  • Support - support mechanisms (eg, garbage collection)

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