I’m learning ELixix at the moment, to have some variety from coding in JavaScript.

Elixir is a friendly, functional language with a syntax that is a bit similar to Ruby. This document gives a good overview:

|> Enum.map(fn x -> x * x end)
|> Enum.filter(fn x -> rem(x, 2) == 0 end)
#=> [4, 16, 36, 64, 100]

from the official homepage:

Elixir is a dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications.

Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.

Thinking in functional paradigms is something I enjoy and Elixir makes it easy.

I’m a big fan of Clojure and ClojureScript but it’s hard to get productive as a beginner. It is a language aimed at experienced developers who ideally have some history with using Java. I find Java interop notoriously frustrating.

Elixir is still a young language but has a welcoming community and accessible learning resources.

Here are some: