I think it’s a wonderful era for coders with all these new, productive & fast languages around. Me, I haven’t been excited about hacking in a new language in 20 years.
No debugger & just a REPL, fine, Elixir can be a bit wet around the ears for all I care. I’m plunging in b/c of a project, evolutionary programming & neural networks in Erlang.
Elixir living on the BEAM is just the icing on the cake.