Hi, I'm Brian Emory.
But you probably already knew that since you went to my website. You can find me all over @thebrianemory. I am a web developer with giraffe-like qualities currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with my wife and our three kitties Thor, Tony, and Captain (that's right, she let me name them after Avengers). I enjoy bad movies, hard cider, and love pizza. I am a bit of a romantic, a goofball, and a gamer. My lucky number is 13 which sounds odd, but if you ask me how I met my wife it will all make sense (spoiler alert, it involves the number 13).
While my first love is Ruby on Rails, I have recently taken to learning Elixir. After completing a Udemy course and then putting together my first Elixir/Phoenix app, I have decided to focus solely on Elixir. I enjoy writing Elixir, enjoy reading the code, and look forward to doing it in my day-to-day work.
Programming is a passion and something I really enjoy doing. It feels good to have a passion not only be a career, but something you can do for fun and to help people out. Every day there is more things to learn and more code to write.
You can read what I am up to on my blog, check out my current projects on GitHub, and connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I look forward to hearing from you!
Elixir Phoenix: Installing Bootstrap 4 Beta Aug 30, 2017
Time to try it out
Bootstrap 4 is finally out of alpha and into beta. I have stayed away from Bootstrap 4 while it was in alpha. Now that it is in beta and I am updating one of my projects to Phoenix 1.3, it is a good time to try it out. This will involve removing... Read more
Teaching while learning
Back in April, I started learning Elixir and Phoenix. It was the second programming language I learned and my first functional programming language. It was quite a shift in thinking coming from Ruby on Rails. Since Elixir and Phoenix were written by people with a Rails background, you will find some... Read more
Elixir: Display Your Medium Posts on Your Website Aug 15, 2017
By Using GetMedium
You know what isn’t easy to do? Display your Medium blog posts on your website. You know what can be easy to do? Display your Medium blog posts on your website. I first bumped up into this problem when I made my personal site using Rails. When I switched my site to Elixir and Phoenix, I... Read more
GetMedium is an Elixir package to solve the problem of Medium's API not having a way to get your blog posts. Medium's API currently only allows posting to your blog which is a problem for those of us who want to display all or part of our recent posts on our personal site. GetMedium returns a truncated version of your Medium blog posts.
Catcasts is an Elixir Phoenix tutorial based on my app Vidshare. It is a nine-part blog series taking you through the process of creating an app with tests. It uses Google OAuth, interacts with the YouTube API, and uses Foundation instead of the default Bootstrap. Originally built using Phoenix 1.2, it has recently been updated to Phoenix 1.3.
Vidshare is an Elixir/Phoenix port of my Rails app Flatcasts. I wanted to build something using Elixir/Phoenix so updating Flatcasts seemed like a great choice. Signed in users can add videos using just the URL from YouTube or Vimeo. It is the basis for my Elixir tutorial on Medium to create an Elixir/Phoenix app called Catcasts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How tall are you?
I am 6'6".
How's the weather up there?
The weather is great.
Do you play basketball?
No, I do not play basketball.
Can you help me? I can't reach up there.
Yes, I can get that down for you.