Friends, I am now at least in this respect a rare breed: an Elixir programmer who has never written Ruby.
I was never a professional Erlang programmer. I cut my teeth on Python and began working in Python, but Erlang was the language I learned after that and the one that I looked for excuses to write in (in addition to Nim, which would come a little later, but which I would also be able to finagle into production at MakeSpace).
So here was my impression of Elixir for the first several years of my passing acquaintance with it: it’s Erlang with Ruby syntax. I had never ended up writing any Ruby, and I was already happy with Erlang and its syntax. So I had a fairly simplistic understanding of the Elixir language and the roots of its popularity and it didn’t seem that there was anything of value to me.