Pattern matching in Elixir.
June 25, 20231 min read
I started elixir a few weeks ago after reading about it on this blog. I mostly picked it up because I applied for an position at the Ramp which...well ended up with me being ghosted.
Nonetheless, it exposed me to a new language and a new way of thinking about programming.
I am going to be talking about the following:
- What is Pattern matching
- Pattern matching with lists
What is Pattern matching
My understanding of pattern matching begins with the equal sign:
=. In elixir, the equal sign is not only an assignment operator but also a match operator. It is used to match the left side of the expression to the right side of the expression.
The example below would return an error:
iex> 5 = 2 + 2
** (MatchError) no match of right hand side value: 4