By Mark Ericksen
3 min Read

Launching Livebook using LiveView

The Livebook launcher was super fun to create. Everything happens in a single LiveView process. There was a problem though… it wasn't great if we were in the middle of deploying the app for the user and one these things happened: User hits "refr...

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By Thomas Ptacek
5 min Read

Fly.io Is Hiring Rust Developers

Fly.io runs apps close to users. We transmogrify Docker containers into Firecracker micro-VMs that run on our hardware around the world, and connect all of them to a global Anycast network that picks up requests from around the world and routes th...

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By Chris McCord
2 min Read

How Safari Ruined My Tuesday

Safari 15 shipped in September 2021 and included an obscure CSS bug that broke most LiveView applications. The LiveView client operates in two modes – connected, when it can talk to the server over websockets, and disconnected when offline. When L...

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By Kurt Mackey
16 min Read

32 Bit Real Estate

Two obvious costs of running Internet apps for users on your own hardware: hardware and bandwidth. We buy big servers and run them in racks at network providers that charge us to route large volumes of traffic using BGP4 Anycast. You probably have...

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By Thomas Ptacek
5 min Read

Fly.io Is Hiring Technical Writers

Fly.io runs apps close to users. We take Docker containers and transmute them into Firecracker micro-vms that run on our hardware in data centers from Chennai to Syndey to Dallas. The easiest way to learn more is to sign up, and you should try tha...

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By Chris McCord
20 min Read

How We Got to LiveView

LiveView strips away layers of abstraction, because it solves both the client and server in a single abstraction. HTTP almost entirely falls away. No more REST. No more JSON. No GraphQL APIs, controllers, serializers, or resolvers. You just write ...

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By Michael Dwan
6 min Read

Fly.io Is Hiring Full-Stack Developers

We’re working on super fun problems and are looking for more people to join us. In particular: we’re looking for full-stack developers. We expect this will be a good role for early-to-mid-level career developers. Some BackgroundFly.io’s users int...

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By Thomas Ptacek
26 min Read

API Tokens: A Tedious Survey

This is not really a post about Fly.io, though I'll talk about us a little up front to set the scene. The last several weeks of my life have been about API security. I'm working on a new permissions system for Fly.io, and did a bunch of resea...

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By Joshua Sierles
12 min Read

Run Ordinary Rails Apps Globally

If you've used your own Rails application from another continent, you may get the feeling that physics has beaten your performance tuning efforts. Page loads feel a bit sluggish, even with all the right database indexes and fancy CDN-backed assets...

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By Mark Ericksen
8 min Read

Better Business Intelligence in Elixir with Livebook

As a developer, has your manager ever come and asked a question like, "How much money are we making?" If you were a line-of-business developer at a global insurance company, you'd reach for your handy, nosebleed-expensive Business Intelligence (BI...

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By Mark Ericksen
3 min Read

FYI: Phoenix drops webpack and npm for esbuild

The Phoenix Framework is the go-to web framework for Elixir developers. A recent PR was merged that replaces the use of node, npm, and webpack with esbuild. For those new to esbuild, it is written in Go so it compiles to native code and runs reall...

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By Kurt Mackey
9 min Read

Last Mile Redis

100 milliseconds is the magic number. For a backend application, a sub-100ms response time is effectively instantaneous, and people love using "instant" apps. Since we're all dirty capitalists, we'd add: if people love your app, you'll make more m...

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By Mark Ericksen
2 min Read

FYI: Livebook 0.2 with Kino

Livebook 0.2 was released. The big news here was the announcement of "Kino" (meaning "cinema"). It's a client-side focused feature that animates data changes. José Valim created a video demonstrating some of the new Livebook features. Use this lin...

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