Programming Phoenix LiveView (PragProg)

Build highly interactive applications without ever leaving Elixir, the way the experts do. Let LiveView take care of performance, scalability, security, and keeping the browser up to date.

Bruce A. Tate @redrapids and Sophie DeBenedetto @SophieDeBenedetto

edited by Jacquelyn Carter @jkcarter

The days of the traditional request-response web application are long gone, but you don’t have to wade through oceans of JavaScript to build the interactive applications today’s users crave. The innovative Phoenix LiveView library empowers you to build applications that are fast and highly interactive, without sacrificing reliability. This definitive guide to LiveView isn’t a reference manual. Learn to think in LiveView. Write your code layer by layer, the way the experts do. Explore techniques with experienced teachers to get the best possible performance.

Instead of settling for traditional manuals and tutorials, get insights that can only be learned from experience. Start with the Elixir language techniques that effortlessly marry your client templates and server-side handlers. Design your systems with the right layers in the right places so that your code is easier to understand, change, and support. Explore features like multi-part uploads and learn how to comprehensively test your live views. Roll into advanced techniques to tie your code to other services through the powerful publish-subscribe interface.

LiveView brings the most important programming techniques from the popular Elm and JavaScript React frameworks to Elixir. You’ll experience firsthand how to harness that power by working side by side with some of the first LiveView users. You will write your programs to change data on the server, and you’ll see how LiveView efficiently detects those changes and reflects them on the web page. Start from scratch, use built-in generators, and craft reusable components. Your single-purpose reducers will transform server data that your renderers can turn into efficient client-side diffs.

Don’t settle for knowing how things work. To get the most out of LiveView, you need to know why they work that way. Co-authored by one of the most prolific authors and teachers in all of Elixir, this book is your perfect guide to one of the most important new frameworks of our generation.

Bruce Tate is a programmer and CEO of Groxio where he is helping to redefine how computer languages are taught and learned. He’s the author of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks and Programming Phoenix, among other titles and has been involved with Elixir from the very beginning. He’s written more than 10 books.

Sophie DeBenedetto is an engineer at GitHub. She is a former graduate of, and teacher at, The Flatiron School and has a love of coding education. She has been an active member of the Elixir community for several years—she is co-organizer of, and speaker at, different Elixir conference around the world, a podcast host, and a blogger.

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Nice addition to the Phoenix books collection. Also nice cover…


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I think this is the Phoenix book so many of us have been waiting for :nerd_face:

Congrats @redrapids and @SophieDeBenedetto!


A labor of love for sure. Thanks for the kind words.



Thank you @redrapids and @sophiedebenedetto for adding yet another interesting book to Elixir/Phoenix books!


Sophie DeBenedetto rocks! Her LiveView stuff on ElixirSchool is so helpful. Very happy to see her team up with Bruce Tate for this book. Off to buy it now…


So happy to hear you’ve found the content on Elixir School helpful! Hope you enjoy the book :slight_smile:


Hi, I was wondering, is it possible to build a reusable upload component using Phoenix LiveView Upload? Also, is it possible to use Phoenix LiveView Upload with a non-LiveView form? In any case, I’m looking forward to reading Programming Phoenix LiveView.


This is a really nice book.
It would be great if LiveView can support mobile app like Hotwire in long run.



Is there any update for the production release date?
I saw many different release date on the internet:

  • June 30th 2022 on Amazon UK
  • November 15th 2022 on Amazon US (and some other book stores)
  • October 2022 on official PragProg

Thank you!

PS: Also, will this book be updated to latest version?
I know it’s difficult to write a an up-to-date technical book in the IT since things are going so fast…
And this is even more true for beta software and when the book has been started 1.5 years ago.
So in any case, good luck!

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Hi and thanks for your question! We plan to do another big update once LiveView hits 1.0, but we don’t yet know when that will be. The final release date depends on that as well.


Hey :wave:
Thank you so much for the quick reply!
LiveView 1.0??
It’s a really good news and it explains a lot!

Though, we can take that in two ways:

  • The book will still be published in not so distant future (say before end of 2022) => LiveView 1.0 is at the corner!
  • LiveView is not really around the corner (say not for 2022) => The book will still be in Beta

Anyway… Thank you again for all that work!
Good luck!

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It’s not something You know in Open Source projects…

Often, the answer from Chris would be when it’s ready

But that is good news :slight_smile:


Yep I definitely can’t speak to whether or not LiveView 1.0 is around the corner but rest assured we will do a book update when it’s released!


I’m glad to read that =)
thanks a lot!

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