Johnny Winn

Host of the Elixir Fountain podcast

The renaissance man from Jacksonville, Johnny embarked on his computing curiosity during the eighties on a Commodore 64. However the road leading toward software craftsmanship has diverged down many paths. From musician to electrical engineer, chef to software developer, rugby player to local politician, the twist and turns have provided a wide range of experiences that have helped to shape him.

Johnny Winn hosts and runs the popular Elixir Fountain podcast.

Upcoming conferences:

Johnny Winn
Code Elixir LDN
18 Jul 2019
14.25 - 14.45

Hold My State: The Problems of Process State

OTP processes are a powerful ally when constructing your applications but like all good friends they can convince us to do some crazy things. How we implement our processes and the roles they play can have a dramatic effect on the life of our applications. What impact will the choices we make have? How much state is too much? Can our processes get in over their heads? Hold my state and we'll see!


Examine the good, bad, and ugly ways processes can behave and look at the tools available to us to better diagnose problems.


Anyone building OTP applications.




Past conferences

Johnny Winn
Code BEAM STO 2019
16 May 2019
14.40 - 15.25

Just Delete It

Are we creating big balls of mud within our applications?

Is an abstraction necessary or is it going to couple the code to the implementation?

Can I achieve code isolation without overcomplicating?

The challenge is to reach the nirvana of simple code isolation verse complex code abstraction. But is it realistically obtainable? The challenge is set: implement patterns that will allow us to just delete & rewrite code in days instead of weeks, weeks instead of months, and months instead of ... version 2.


  • Cover abstraction patterns that over-complicate code
  • Apply isolation patterns that will isolate code and functionality
  • Demonstrate how we can consistently find "red flags" and stop the complexity before it starts


This talk will appeal to all levels.

The "ball of mud" issues seem to appear at every level.

Johnny recently said that "all code is perfect at the first commit." The trick is how to prevent major rewrites with the subsequent commits.